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OHIM and EPO agree closer cooperation

OHIM and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a comprehensive agreement to cooperate more closely on projects to increase the efficiency of the IP system within the EU and globally. OHIM President Antonio Campinos said the agreement would have a profound influence on how they worked with National Offices and projected the influence of the EU on intellectual property in the international arena. EPO President Benoît Battistelli said it was important for the offices to take a global look at the interests of all IP stakeholders.

The two offices, which have previously cooperated on a number of international projects in China, Asia and the Balkans have signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering:

  • Training and interchange of human resources
  • Awareness-raising and promotion of the industrial property system
  • Information Technology systems

The agreement, made in the presence of representatives of EU member states and IP user organisations attending the May meeting of OHIM’s Administrative Board, also allows scope for other forms of cooperation in the future which fall within the overall objectives of the Memorandum.