The “IP Key” project is the European Commission’s financial vehicle for the EU-China New Intellectual Property Cooperation, an agreement between the EU and China. IP Key is a three-year project, ending in 2016, implemented by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in partnership with the European Patent Office (EPO). Its aim is to facilitate development of an IP framework in China for EU businesses that is increasingly effective, fair, transparent, and otherwise based upon international best practices.
This activity aims to gather questions from European businesses, government bodies, and other European institutions on the workings of the Chinese utility model system. The purpose of this exchange is: (1) to provide European stakeholders clarity on the workings of China’s utility model system; (2) use this clarity to inform discussions on utility model patent quality; and (3) create an opportunity to let the Chinese government learn more about the utility model systems in Europe, and through this set the foundation for best-practices sharing at the SIPO-IP Key utility model patent seminar to be held in May 2014.
All questions will be collated and combined into one document, with askers’ names remaining anonymous, and sent by IP Key to SIPO (by early April 2014). SIPO’s answers, which IP Key will request to be as detailed as possible, will be returned to those participating in the questionnaire drafting (in late April 2014). Likewise, SIPO is compiling a questionnaire on the workings of the utility model systems in different EU Member States which will be answered and returned to SIPO.
To complete the questionnaire,please click here. The deadline for submission is 18:00, 26th February.
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