The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), represented by their respective heads Antonio Campinos and Juan Lozano, have signed this week a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership between the two institutions.
The aim of this MoU is to establish the basis for closer collaboration consisting in the exchange of information and resources so as to help IMPI strengthen and speed up the patenting examination process. To this end, the Institute will be able to benefit from training, certifications and technical assistance provided by the EPO, for example in the search and examination of patent applications in new technological sectors such as the Internet of Things.
This cooperation framework will allow IMPI to grant “more patents, faster” in the words of Juan Lozano and tackle and limit its long-standing backlog problem. It is therefore a positive sign which should encourage EU innovative companies to invest further in the Mexico market.
For more information, please be referred to the press release by the EPO following the event during which the MoU was signed.