Midterm meeting 2024 and ad hoc workshop on the Hague system

The Japan Patent Office hosted the ID5 Midterm meeting and the ID5 Ad-Hoc Hague Workshop on 24 – 26 April at the headquarters of the JPO in Tokyo.

The ID5 Partners welcomed the re-vamped ID5 website and the launch of the e-learning platform for SMEs on graphical representation. They also discussed many new and ongoing initiatives in the realm of digital designs, such as digital design protection in the metaverse, developments in laws and IT tools and the possibility of an ID5-wide registered design indication “(D)”. The partners will update some existing ID5 studies and soon share their overall statistics for 2023.

They also held a two-day workshop discussing examination practices of international applications filed with WIPO via the Hague route, a timely and particularly useful dialogue following China’s accession in 2022. The event proved to be a valuable exchange clarifying practices, identifying areas for additional focus for the Partners and WIPO, and resulting in a greater understanding among the five largest design offices.