IP Australia Hosts International Authorities and PCT Subgroup Meetings
6 Feb 2012
IP Australia is hosting two major international meetings of working groups dedicated to streamlining the operations of the global intellectual property system.
The Meeting of International Authorities (MIA) and the associated Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Quality Subgroup meeting will take place from February 6 - 10 in Canberra.
MIA is a body convened under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and consists of the 17 PCT International Authorities, including the US, China, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea and European patent offices. MIA is one of the main technical meetings dedicated to improving effectiveness of the PCT system.
IP Australia’s Deputy Director General, Fatima Beattie who will chair the MIA meeting, says the focus will be on a cohesive approach to communications and data systems development, quality assurance and process improvements.
“We’re honoured to host these meetings, which are a crucial review of the technical functions and processes of the Patent Cooperation Treaty system, and we are fortunate in having representatives of nearly all the International Authorities and Mr James Pooley, Deputy Director General of Patents at WIPO, with us for the week.”
“It is vital that we have a program of continuous quality and process improvement for dealing with patent applications filed under the PCT system”.
IP Australia last hosted the MIA 15 years ago; recent meetings have been held in Russia, Brazil and Korea.
WIPO has released the agenda for the MIA meeting.
Last Updated: 29/11/2012