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In 2008, with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom, we established a number of collaborative projects under the title of the Vancouver Group.

The Vancouver Group aims to:

  • share information and experiences on common issues and areas relevant to managing a mid-sized national IP office
  • contribute to a more effective multilateral approach to work sharing

There are four areas of focus for the Vancouver Group:

  • Mutual Exploitation
  • Business Performance Reporting
  • Trade Marks Business Processes
  • Economic Research

Mutual Exploitation

Mutual Exploitation is the priority of the Vancouver Group. Its role is to investigate reducing duplication of patents-related work between the offices.

The initiative is supported by eight principles, outlined on the Vancouver Group website.

An important part of Mutual Exploitation is the development of an IT system to allow examiners to easily access documents from a participating Office.

In partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Vancouver Group provides a system called Centralised Access to Search and Examination (CASE).

CASE is a digital library of search and examination reports that are accessible through existing WIPO technical infrastructure.

Business Performance Reporting

Business Performance Reporting aims to encourage the sharing of experiences and approaches on the collection, analysis and use of business performance measures. This information allows for prudent management of organisational and strategic objectives.

Trade Marks Business Processes

The Trade Marks Business Processes initiative is engaging members to share information on strategies and approaches to redeveloping trade mark processes and systems.

Economic Research

The Economic Research initiative provides good opportunities to increase the sharing of current thinking and information on conducting research and analysis of the economic value of IP.

For more information visit the Vancouver Group website.

Last Updated: 16/12/2013

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