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IP5 Co-operation


About IP5

In 2007, the combination of the emergence of two major new players - China and Korea - with the continuing rise in patent applications and the ensuing effect on backlogs led to the formation of the "IP5": the three Trilateral Offices plus the patent offices of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and South Korea (KIPO).

The focus of the IP5 activities is on work-sharing, and ways of avoiding the unnecessary duplication of work. As with the Trilateral Cooperation, the heads of the IP5 Offices meet annually to decide on strategy and review progress.