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Keeping International Competition Front of Mind

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Created on July 27, 2016

Empowering bold entrepreneurship by inventors and businesses drives the U.S. economy in a global marketplace. We at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office know that entrepreneurs today must keep the challenge of global competition front of mind. That’s why we provide an array of tools and resources designed to assist innovators in ensuring their intellectual property rights are respected across the globe. Check out our International IP Toolkit to learn more about our Global Dossier program, our Global Intellectual Property Academy, and so much more.

As part of her leadership on behalf of the Obama Administration on intellectual property issues, USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee recently met in Japan with the leaders of the largest patent offices in the world – the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO)—at an annual meeting known as IP5. You can learn more about the USPTO’s focus on furthering international IP cooperation in Director Lee’s editorial for IAM.

Likewise, Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison recently sat down in China with the Trademarks leaders of those same offices—at the annual TM5 meeting—to focus on increased harmonization efforts on that critical element of any company’s IP portfolio. I invite you to read Commissioner Denison’s editorial, “A Smoother Road Thanks to TM5 Harmonisation Efforts,” published by Managing IP.