In June 2019, the European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, Korean Intellectual Property Office), the China National Intellectual Property Administration and United States Patent and Trademark Office, collectively the “IP5”, launched a joint task force on New Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence. The task force’s first meeting was held 15/16 January 2020 in Berlin, which the European Patent Office plan to develop into a centre of expertise on Artificial Intelligence. At the first meeting, the EPO Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs acknowledged the ubiquitous nature of artificial intelligence and other new emerging technologies and the challenges that presents in intellectual property.
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European Patent Office and China National Intellectual Property Administration announce enhanced PCT cooperation
The European Patent office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) have recently announced an agreement to give patent applicants filing an international patent application, in English, at the CNIPA as receiving office, the choice to opt for the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA). It is currently expected that this new option will be introduced sometime in 2020, and be implemented as a two-year pilot programme.