e-News No.47
June 30, 2016

AIPPI Committees

AIPPI Committees Collaborate in IP Enforcement Consultation Response

by Kenneth R. Adamo, Emily O’Neill, Christof Augenstein, ChairCo-Chair, Secretary of the Standing Committee on Enforcement

The Enforcement Standing Committee led a collaboration with the Copyright and Anti-Piracy & Counterfeiting Standing Committees in the preparation of an AIPPI response to the European Commission’s consultation on evaluation and modernisation enforcement of IP rights …

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Global Challenges of the Digital Market: Overview of the WIPO International Conference on the Global Digital Content Market (April 20-22, 2016, Geneva)

by Diana Ivanova, Member of the Standing Committee on Copyright

On April 20–21, 2016 in Geneva in WIPO headquarters the International Conference on the Global Digital Content Market was held. Delegates including business, government and creative-industry leaders, specialists …

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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi - December 15-19, 2015

by Manoj Menda, Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on TRIPS

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held the 10th Ministerial Conference from December 15 to 19, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body of the WTO composed of representatives of all WTO members, which usually meets …

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IP of AI  New type of intellectual property? How the TRIPS Agreement is involved?

by Takeshi S. Komatani, Member of the Standing Committee on TRIPS

The Japanese government is considering establishing a new protection system for intellectual property created by non-human, i.e. Artificial Intelligence (hereinafter “AI”). This was proposed in the Intellectual Property Promotion Plan 2016 approved in the meeting …

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The current situation around the world on the protection of computer-implemented inventions (CII)

by Thomas Kretschmer, Secretary of the Standing Committee on IT and Internet

The patentability of computer software and computer-implemented inventions has been the subject of a debate among intellectual property users and information technology experts for many years. The AIPPI Standing Committee on Information Technology and Internet …

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Philippine Supreme Court Upheld Article 34 of TRIPS

by Susan D. Villanueva, Member of the Standing Committee on TRIPS

On December 14, 1994, the Philippine Senate concurred in the ratification by the President of the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (“WTO”). Petitioners questioned the constitutionality of paragraph 1, Article 34 of TRIPS that provides that for civil proceedings involving process …

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Publication of patent applications

by Standing Committee on Patents

A special sub-group of AIPPI's Standing Committee on Patents, chaired by Tim Iserief (Netherlands) and Andrew Meunier (United States), has drafted working questions on the topic of publication of patent applications. The national groups will be invited to submit their responses to these questions …

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2016 AIPPI World Congress – Milan

Record number of attendees expected for the AIPPI World Congress in Milano

More than 1707 attendees from 81 countries have already registered for Milan, including more than 1500 participants  -  a record number of registrants at the end of the early bird period.

For those who wish to register please click here.

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2017 AIPPI World Congress – Sydney

2017 AIPPI World Congress updates from Sydney, Australia!

by AIPPI 2017 Organizing Committee

The 2017 AIPPI World Congress will be taking place in Sydney, Australia at the brand new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, from October 13 – 17, 2017. The Local Organising Committee and the Congress Manager have been hard at work planning for …

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Forthcoming Events

In 2022, the AIPPI World Congress will be in London – UK

by Laurent Thibon, Secretary General of AIPPI, Thierry Sueur, Chair of the Venue Selection Committee

The Venue Selection Committee and the Bureau of AIPPI have the pleasure to announce that the venue of the AIPPI World Congress in 2022 will be London, UK. The Selection has been made in …

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GOs & NGOs

IP Summit 2016

IP Summit 2016 For its 11th Edition, on December 1 and 2, 2016, Premier Cercle™ will gather 100+ IP high-level speakers and 400+ delegates from corporate, private, institutional and academic worlds at the Pan-European Intellectual Property Summit. This two-day conference aims at discussing trademark, patent, trade secrets, copyright and design major recent evolutions, actions, issues and ongoing EU Reforms. Location: The World …

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The DesignEuropa Awards – nominate or apply today!

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate designers and businesses that successfully use the Registered Community Design (RCD) system to bring their great designs to the marketplace. The Awards are organised by the EUIPO, in partnership with the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (UIBM). The deadline for applications and nominations is July 15 in …

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Articles and notes

Ecuador: Andean Community Ruling on Patent Fees in Ecuador

by Maria Cecilia Romoleroux and Ian Wall (Corral Rosales - Ecuador)

The Andean Community Secretariat has issued a resolution rejecting the action brought by Carlos Olarte, on behalf of the Bolivarian University of Medellin, Colombia, seeking to lower patent official fees as being considered to be discriminatory and excessively high. In the action …

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Finland: The Finnish Market Court Considered the Meaning of  "Identical" under Article 34 of the TRIPS Agreement

by Juhani Sinkkonen (Roschier, Attorneys Ltd. - Finland)

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, INC., v. Sandoz, Inc., 574 U.S. ___ (2015) Fédération Cynologique Internationale, C 561/11, EU:C:2013:91 Nadia Plesner Joensen v. Louis Vuitton Malletier SA, ECLI:NL:RBSGR:2011:BQ3525 (in Dutch) Neste Renewable Fuels Oy and Neste Oyj v. …

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Germany: German Federal Court of Justice on scope of injunctive relief and personal liability of lawyers

by Karolina Schöle (Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB - Germany)

German Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) decides about the scope of injunctive relief, in particular the defendant’s obligation to recall products from the chain of commerce, and about personal liability of lawyers for unjustified cease-and-desist letters. …

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Israel: 32nd Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) - Incubation of the next Treaties, 9-13 May 2016

by Shiri Kasher-Hitin (Kasher Law Offices - Israel)

During last May the WIPO’s Standing Committee of Copyright and Related Rights held its 32nd session. This committee prepares the drafts for the next IP treaties which shall influence all of …

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Italy: Patronymic trademarks: Cassatio noutlines the borders

by Barbara Sartori with the cooperation of Riccardo Marini (CBA Studio Legale e Tributario - Italy)

The decision comes at the end of a never-ending lawsuit that sees the stylist Elio Fiorucci (and other) against Edwin co. Ltd (the company who has purchased the trademark “Fiorucci” from the company Fiorucci S.p.A.) and others. The famous …

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Japan: Bad Faith Trademark Filing in Japan

by Mizue Kakiuchi (KUBOTA - Japan)

On 17 May, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (“JPO”) issued a notice on bad faith trademark filings to encourage prospective applicants whose mark has been already filed by a third party. The JPO’s key message is “Don't give up filing new applications due to prior similar trademarks filed by …

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Spain: The future of the Madrid System under debate

by Elena Molina (IPspiration - Spain)

WIPO hosted between June 13 and 17, 2016 the 14th session of the Working Group on the legal development of the Madrid System for the international registration of marks (hereinafter, the “Madrid System Working Group”). This is the forum where the Contracting Parties of the Madrid …

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Thailand: Thailand’s Trademark Act Amendments

by Darani Vachanavuttivong (Tilleke & Gibbins - Thailand)

Significant amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act will come into effect on July 28, 2016. The amendments set the stage for Thailand to accede to the Madrid Protocol this year and include changes to sound marks, government fees, refilling, and more. Amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act were published in …

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USA: New Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides a New Federal Law Protecting Trade Secrets in the US

by Joshua B. Goldberg (Nath, Goldberg & Meyer - USA)

Until now, the only federal protection for trade secrets in the US, was based in the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which criminalized certain trade secret thefts. As of May 11, 2016, with the …

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National Groups

AIPPI Symposium 2016, Helsinki-Stockholm, April 21-23, 2016

by Esa Korkeamäki, Kim Finnilä, Panu Siitonen (Finnish AIPPI Group)

The AIPPI Symposium 2016 had an intensive in-depth focus on NPEs and New Businesses in IP as well as Valuation of IP from an accounting, technology transfer and European court perspective, including the future Unified Patent Court in Europe. Additionally, the participants could enjoy …

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