Published: 18 January 2016

CIPA, the Japan Patent Attorneys Association and eight fellow professional intellectual property associations, including those from the USA and China, have formed an alliance to help shape, promote and improve global patent initiatives.

The alliance has published a formal commitment to assist pan-governmental moves to create a "harmonised" global intellectual property system to improve and economise IP processes and protection for all businesses across the globe, not only large corporations but also small and medium scale enterprises as well as individual inventors.

The full list of organisations involved is:    

  • All-China Patent Attorneys Association (ACPAA)   
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys (ASPA)
  • Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
  • Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT)
  • Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
  • Korea Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA)

The declaration was a result of high-level discussions hosted by the Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) in Tokyo. CIPA was represented by Richard Mair, Chairman of its International Liaison Committee.

Richard supported JPAA’s attempts to maintain the quality of protection afforded to patentees under the developing globalised systems and reminded the meeting that the IP systems of the world existed for the users of the systems.  Patent attorneys, acting for the full range of those users - large corporations, small and medium sized entities, and also individual inventors – understand the issues and problems faced by the users and are therefore in a unique position to advise and guide government efforts to improve IP systems.  The UK and European profession, with its well-established training, highly regarded professional qualifications, long experience and good relations with and the confidence of its governments and civil servants, and was well-placed to assist in the international development of a globalised system in the interests of all its users.

CIPA President Andrea Brewster said: "CIPA will continue to work with its counterpart organisations around the world to further develop international patent systems that work well for both global and local businesses, and to create a globally-connected community of IP professionals who are able to guide and support IP users through those systems.  It is important that patent attorneys from all countries collaborate to help shape harmonisation measures and to make the most of the opportunities that they offer.  The meeting is therefore a very positive move and we are most grateful to the Japanese Patent Attorney Association for hosting it."