KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 — The Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Partnership to improve patent-related services for both local innovators and European companies.

MyIPO director-general Datuk Mohd Roslan Mahayudin in a statement today said over the next five years, the EPO and MyIPO will cooperate in making their patent systems as efficient, user-friendly and predictable as possible.

“In particular, the EPO will support MyIPO in increasing efficiency, timeless and quality in its patent grant process with a view to promoting investment and technology transfer between Europe and Malaysia.

“By systematically and effectively using EPO work products, tools and practices, MyIPO will strengthen its search and examination capacities to ensure high quality, timely and efficient examination of both national first and second filings,” he said.

According to the statement, the signing of the MoU, inked between Mohd Roslan with EPO president, Antonio Campinos, took place at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) General Assemblies in Geneva on Oct 3.

Mohd Roslan also inked a Memorandum of Corporation (MoC) with Japan Patent Office where it involves exchanging information, experience and knowledge of the offices regarding the establishment of trial and appeal system, updating on patent and utility innovation examination guidelines on emerging technologies.  

“The cooperation will enable greater capacity building for IP examiners especially with Industry 4.0 already ahead,” he added.

Both signing ceremonies were witnessed by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz.

— BERNAMA

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