Consultation with industry

The IP5 Offices began consulting with IP5 Industry in 2012 to receive feedback and ensure progress was made on, improving the efficiency of the examination process for patents globally. There are three main channels of interaction between the Offices and Industry: the  annual meetings between the IP5 Heads of Office and industry representatives of the IP5 regions ("IP5 Industry"), the Global Dossier Task Force (GDTF) and the IP5 Industry Consultation Group (ICG). As the number and complexity of topics in the IP5 co-operation increase, in-depth technical discussions with IP5 Industry representatives are essential to ensure that the IP5 co-operation continues to develop in line with users' expectations and needs.

Meetings of the GDTF have been successful in keeping Global Dossier developments closely focused on the needs of the user community and making progress on the agreed priorities. Meetings of the ICG have provided both Offices and Industry the opportunity to explore potential collaboration areas beyond Global Dossier, including: worksharing, harmonization of patent practices and procedures, and new emerging technologies and artificial intelligence (NET/AI).

IP5 Industry is currently comprised of:

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of practitioners in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals from law firms, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property.

BUSINESSEUROPEFounded in 1958 and headquartered in Brussels, BUSINESSEUROPE is a leading advocate for growth and competitiveness on behalf of all-sized enterprises across 35 European countries.  BUSINESSEUROPE is composed of 40 direct members, who are national business federations the represent industry in Europe, and over 65 affiliated companies active in all sectors of activities..

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Established in 1972,  IPO is an international trade association representing a “big tent” of diverse companies, law firms, service providers and individuals in all industries and fields of technology that own, or are interested in, intellectual property (IP) rights. IPO membership includes over 125 companies and spans over 30 countries. IPO advocates for effective and affordable IP ownership rights and offers a wide array of services, including supporting member interests relating to legislative and international issues; analyzing current IP issues; providing information and educational services; supporting and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in IP and innovation; and disseminating information to the public on the importance of IP rights.

Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)Established in 1938, JIPA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, which has 1,338 members as of May 2022. It represents industries and users of the intellectual property (IP) system, and provides related institutions all around the world with well-timed, suitable opinions on improvement of their IP systems and their utilization

Korea Intellectual Property Association (KINPA)Founded in 2008, KINPA is an association of intellectual property in-house experts in Korean companies, whose mission is to contribute to growth and fostering competitiveness of member companies by: providing policy proposals and suggestions to government; ensuring timely and appropriate responses to global IP issues; to encourage information sharing between members; and conducting research on IP information, resources, and services..

Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC)Established in 2003, PPAC is a national, professional and non-profit organization, voluntarily formed by enterprises, institutions, organizations and individuals in China. PPAC aims to protect the IP rights and interests of innovative entities, and promote the innovation and development of the society. PPAC provides many kinds of services, such as IP rights protection and mediation, IP laws and policies communication and research, technology innovation support, IP-related training, international cooperation, etc. PPAC encourages and guides the Chinese enterprises to abide by IP laws and regulations both domestic and abroad, and helps foster the realization of enterprises’ IP value.


IP5 Heads of Office and IP5 Industry meetings

June 2021, Virtual, JPO

June 2019, Incheon, Korea

June 2018, New Orleans, USA

May 2017, Valletta, Malta

June 2016, Tokyo, Japan

May 2015, Suzhou, P.R. China

June 2014, Busan, Korea

June 2013, Cupertino, USA

June 2012, Porticcio, France