USPTO and Rospatent Sign MOU on Bilateral Cooperation

Washington – On June 2, 2010, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Sharon R. Barner and Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) Director Boris Simonov signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on comprehensive bilateral cooperation during a ceremony at Rospatent.

The MOU establishes a general framework for bilateral cooperation between the USPTO and Rospatent with an aim toward improving the administration and effectiveness of intellectual property systems in both offices through exchanges of information and best practices, and promoting the importance of IP for innovation and economic growth.

Rospatent and the USPTO share many of the same goals, including improving the quality of patent and trademark examination and fostering IP awareness. This MOU commemorates the collaborative and cooperative relationship of our two offices, a relationship that we intend to cultivate and to develop even further," said Deputy Director Barner. "Also, with this MOU, Rospatent and the USPTO are contributing to the success of the Bilateral Presidential Commission. Russian Minister for Economic Development Nabiullina and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Locke consider this cooperation agreement an important deliverable to the Business Development and Economic Relations Working Group, which they co-chair."