China and Iceland signed a MOU on IPR cooperation

On October 17 local time of Iceland, Liu Junchen, Member of the CPC Leading Group of the State Administration for Market Regulation of China, Secretary of CPC Leading Group and Deputy Commissioner of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) led a delegation to visit the Ministry of Industries and Innovation of Iceland (MII) and meet with its minister Þórdís Kolbrún Gylfadóttir. Views were exchanged between two sides on IPR work progress, patent prosecution highway (PPH), trademark examination and future cooperation. The Cooperation MOU of CNIPA and MII of Iceland was signed. Both sides also achieved consensus on strengthening cooperation in the consumer protection field.

Liu updated the Icelandic side on the reform of China’s government agencies and China’s IPR work. He said that there is solid foundation for the two countries to cooperate in IPR field. As the new MOU expands the cooperation from patent to the IPRs including trademark, it is believed that it is bound to exert a positive role in the future communication of both sides and it is hoped that the MOU can serve as an opportunity for both sides to strengthen practical cooperation in trademark registration, information exchange, PPH and personnel exchange.

Gylfadóttir expressed warm welcome to the visiting delegation and hoped that this agreement could further promote the cooperation of two countries in IPR, so as to ensure the smooth economic and trade exchange between the two countries. Borghildur Erlingsdóttir, Director General of Icelandic Patent Office also attended the meeting.

After the meeting, the Chinese delegation also visited an innovation center and the branch of Huawei in Iceland and exchanged views and shared experience on IPR transfer, utilization and its service to corporate development.

(Source: China IP News)