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2 July 2019

President of the EPO, António Campinos, and the President of INPI Argentina, Dámaso Pardo, during their meeting to establish a Reinforced Partnership programme

The European Patent Office (EPO)
and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) are
stepping up their cooperation.
EPO President António Campinos and the President
of Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (INPI), Dámaso
Pardo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Reinforced
Partnership programme between both offices. This comprehensive co-operation
agreement is the first of its kind to be set up by the EPO with an IP office in
Latin America. The meeting of the two Heads of Office took place on the margins
of the IP Executive Week in Alicante.

Thanks to this agreement, the
EPO can work more closely with one of the largest economies in Latin America
and strengthen its relations with this very dynamic region
,” said the EPO
President. “Building on our long-standing ties with INPI, the agreement will
help better meet the needs of companies in Argentina and users around the globe

The President of INPI said: “We
are very enthusiastic about this agreement that aims to render our respective
patent systems as efficient, user-friendly and reliable as possible for
innovators. We believe that a robust patent system is an essential instrument
for stimulating innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.”

Through their Reinforced
Partnership programme, the EPO and INPI will work together to achieve shared
objectives such as ensuring that the patent systems in both regions offer the
best possible services to innovating businesses and inventors in an effective
manner in order to benefit the economy and society as a whole. The Offices will
also focus on a number of activities aimed at strengthening capacities in
search and examination in emerging technology fields such as the Internet of
Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, as well as capitalising on EPO work products,
tools and standards.

With a gross domestic product
(GDP) of more than US$500 billion, Argentina is one of the largest economies in
Latin America. With vast natural resources in energy and agriculture, it is
also a leading food producer and offers significant opportunities in some
manufacturing subsectors, and innovative services in high tech industries.

The EPO and INPI have a
long-standing history of cooperation. A previous
MoU on technical co-operation was signed in Buenos Aires in May 2017, which will be replaced by the most recent MoU on
Reinforced Partnership.

About reinforced partnership

The EPO’s Reinforced Partnership
programme seeks to establish long-term partnerships with selected non-member
states in strategic and technical areas of mutual interest in the field of
patents. The aim of the programme is to further integrate and strengthen the
global patent system by extending the network of partner offices that are
increasing their capacities, productivity and quality through the
capitalization on the EPO work results, tools and standards. The programme also
assists the partner offices in supporting local innovators by providing
improved services and ensuring the effective and timely examination of national
first filings.

About the INPI

The Argentine National Institute
of Industrial Property (INPI), is the official Argentine government body
responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, trade
marks and designs. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, INPI is a self-governing
agency operating within the National Ministry of Production and Labor, and aims
to promote initiatives and develop activities conducive to enhancing knowledge
and protection of IP at a national level.

About the EPO

With 7 000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the
largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with
offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the
aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO’s
centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain
high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some
700 million people. The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in patent
information and patent searching.

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