e-News No.48
September 12, 2016


Youth - Talk to Me Positively so that I can Understand You

by Felipe Claro (President of AIPPI)

AIPPI recently received communication from Stephanie Rowland, of the EUIPO Observatory, informing that from June 15 to June 17, 60 young people from across the European Union met at the EUIPO premises in Alicante to discuss and develop inspiring and creative ways to communicate the importance of intellectual property and garnering its respect by …


AIPPI Committees

Requirement of indicating the source and/or country of origin of genetic resources and traditional knowledge in patent applications

by Yusuke Inui (Assistant Reporter General of the Standing Committee on TRIPS)

AIPPI's Standing Committee on TRIPS, chaired by Catherine Mateu (France), and Standing Committee on IP and genetic resources / traditional knowledge, chaired by Konrad Becker (Switzerland), have jointly drafted a questionnaire on the topic "Requirement of indicating the source and/or country of origin of genetic resources and traditional …


2016 AIPPI World Congress – Milan

AIPPI Congress News

AIPPI is pleased, once again, to be working with Managing IP to publish The AIPPI Congress News - the dedicated daily newspaper for the 46th World IP Congress being held in Milan, Italy, September 16-20, 2016. The AIPPI Congress News combines the journalistic skills of Managing IP's editorial team with the official AIPPI event information to deliver a daily newspaper …


Warm colours of hospitality

The summer season is reaching its peak in Milano and the hospitality machine is warming-up on the stage. A coloured Convention Center is waiting for our guests - a comfortable and modern atmosphere, behind the scene of a cultural and fascinating town. The scientific programme is going to be further enriched day by day by relevant speakers and up-to-date topics. …


Closing Dinner + Vogue Fashion Night Out

The Milan Congress will be an occasion to experience Italian excellence in fashion, coupled with some serious shopping. AIPPI members can continue to do so once the Congress lights are switched off at the end of the Closing Dinner, on Tuesday night. That same night Milan will host the Vogue Fashion Night Out, an event organized by the famous …


Pocket Programme

To see the Pocket Programme, including a floor map of the MiCo in Milan, please click here.


GOs & NGOs

ALAI International Congress Applied Arts under IP Law

September 15 - 16, 2016, Rome

Italy has been chosen by the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI) as host country for Alai2016 International Congress. This event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Italian Copyright Act, enacted on April 22, 1941. The Congress will be held on September 15th and 16th and will be about "Applied arts under IP …


Invitation to GRUR Annual Meeting 2016

October 12 – 15, 2016, Munich

Germany The Bavarian Regional Group of the German Association for the Protection of intellectual Property (GRUR) cordially invites you to the GRUR Annual Meeting 2016, taking place in Munich, Germany from 12 to 15 October. At this year´s meeting, high-level speakers from academia, private practice and institutions such as the European Commission, the European …


Articles and notes

Argentina: Mediation will no longer suspend the one-year term to settle trademark oppositions

by Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe (Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Argentina)

In Argentina the prosecution of trademark applications is blocked automatically when an opposition is filed, and the applicant has a one-year term counted from notification of the opposition – to negotiate the withdrawal of the opposition with the opponent. In the absence of a settlement, the applicant has to file a …


Argentina: Polymorph patents under fire

by Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe (Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Argentina)

Eli Lilly and Co. (Eli Lilly) sued Laboratorios Beta (Beta) for patent infringement of its patents AR2719B1 and 253,521 related to schizophrenia. Beta, in turn, filed a nullity action against Eli Lilly seeking to invalidate both patents at stake. The decision of first instance was handed down in favor of Eli …


Australia: Government Responds to Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s Review of the Designs System

by Lauren John (Allens - Australia)

In 2012, the now defunct Advisory Council on Intellectual Property ("ACIP") was asked to investigate the effectiveness of the current Australian designs system in stimulating innovation by Australian users, and the impact the designs system has on economic growth. ACIP released its report in May 2015. The Federal Government released its response in May …


Australia: Productivity Committee seeks to Curtail Intellectual Property

by Peter Treloar (AIPPI Australian National Group)

AIPPI Australia has recently lodged a detailed response to the Productivity Commissions Draft Report on Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. The Productivity Commission issued a lengthy draft report to the Government which took a general “anti” intellectual property position where many IP rights should be significantly curtailed. AIPPI Australia submitted a response strongly disagreeing …


China: The Supreme People's Court Issued Top 10 IP Cases Decided by Chinese Courts in 2015

by Weining Wang and Xiaolin Dang (Beijing Sanyou IP Agency Ltd. China)

I. Civil Cases on IP 1. Shijiazhuang Double-Ring Automobile Co. Ltd v. Honda Motors Co., Ltd. After action for declaratory judgement relief and design patent infringement had been commenced by the alleged infringer and patentee, respectively, the patentee continued to send warning letters to downstream customers of the alleged …


India: Biosimilar Approvals under Debate in India

by Neha Srivastava (Remfry & Sagar, India)

Trastuzumab – a breast cancer drug manufactured by Roche and Genentech Inc., is imported and marketed in India by Roche Products (India) Private Limited under the brand names Herceptin, Herclon and Biceltis. It dominates the market, however following Roche’s decision to allow the Indian patent on Herceptin to lapse in 2013...


Japan: Revision of Japanese Trademark Examination Guideline 2016

by Hirohito Katsunuma (Kyowa Patent and Law office, Japan)

The Japanese Trademark Examination Guidelines have been revised for the first time in 45 years in order to improve predictability of the results of trademark examinations, and to make trademark examination clearer and easier to understand. It became effective on April 1, 2016. The revision was made to facilitate registration of …


USA: Reasonableness of a Party's Claim or Defense is Significant – But Not Necessarily Controlling – in Determining Fee Awards Under U.S. Copyright Act

by Seth I. Appel (Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, USA)

The United States Supreme Court clarified the standard for awarding attorneys' fees under the Copyright Act in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons. It held that courts should give substantial weight to the objective reasonableness of the losing party's position, while also taking into account other relevant …


National Groups

Argentina: New President of the Argentine Patent Office

by Ignacio Sanchez Echagüe (Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Argentina)

Mr Damaso Pardo was appointed as the new President of the Argentine Patent and Trademark Office, effective from June 10, 2016. Mr Pardo has a law degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina (Argentine Catholic University, 1985), and obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire (formerly known …


China: The 2016 AIPPI Trilateral Meeting in Xining

by Richard Yi Li (Secretary General of AIPPI China)

The 14th AIPPI Trilateral Meeting was successfully held in Lijiang, China on July 16, 2016, which attracted about 100 participants from China, Japan and Korea. Mr. Tian Lipu, President of AIPPI China, welcomed the speakers and attendees with Kenichi Nagasawa, President of AIPPI Japan, Seong-ki Kim, President of AIPPI Korea, and …


Ecuador: Reduction of patent official fees in Ecuador

by Maria Cecilia Romoleroux (CorralRosales, Ecuador)

According to Resolution 001-2016-CD-IEPI, dated August 3, 2016 and published in the Ecuadorian Official Gazette No. 822 on August 19, 2016, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI) has reduced the official fees for some patent services in Ecuador. Please click here to see more information.