e-News No.52
June 1, 2017

AIPPI Standing Committees

AIPPI Issues Position Paper On the Use of Post-Filing Data to Support Inventive Step

by John C. Todaro (Chair of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Pharma and Biotechnology)

AIPPI recently issued a Position Paper urging patent offices and courts around the world to permit the use of post-filing data during patent prosecution or litigation, to support the inventive step of a patent or patent application. The AIPPI Position Paper originated from the work of the AIPPI …


34th Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

by Shiri Kasher-Hitin (Member of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright)

This was a hectic meeting. The urge to present to the forthcoming UN General Assembly a mature draft for a treaty on the protection of broadcasters was in vain, the question whether limitations and exceptions (L & E) should stay on the agenda was in sharp debate, and even the position …


2017 AIPPI World Congress – Sydney

Early Bird Registration Ends on June 27, 2017

by AIPPI General Secretariat

Join us this October for the IP event of the year – AIPPI’s annual World Congress. Located in the vibrant harbor city of Sydney, Australia, the Congress will enable attendees to attend programs regarding all areas of IP law and practice, network extensively with other participants, and enjoy the fantastic “down under” location through a variety of social events and tours.

Register now to take advantage of the reduced Early Bird rate!

August 29, 2017: Deadline to regular registration fee.


Travel on Emirates to Sydney for the AIPPI 2017 World Congress

We are pleased to inform you that Emirates Airline has proudly been selected as the partner airline for the AIPPI 2017 World Congress in Sydney! Emirates provides excellent connections to all of the six continents via Dubai with more than 150 current destinations worldwide. After completing your Congress Registration, you will receive a promotion code to use for special fares at www.emirates.com.

For more information and event details, visit www.aippi.org.


Sponsorship Opportunities – AIPPI World Congress

In October 2017, the AIPPI World Congress will be in Sydney, Australia. Sponsors in Sydney will have unique opportunities to promote their activities to a worldwide audience meeting in a new, state-of-the-art convention centre. The intention is to introduce new ways to display the sponsor’s brands with high visibility, including banners on AIPPI’s web site and screens in the Congress …


AIPPI 2017 – The countdown is on!

by AIPPI 2017 Professional Congress Organizer

Registration is open! With just five months to go, registration has opened and, with 53 different countries represented so far, attendance is already looking fantastic for Sydney! Congress planning is well on track to be one of the most memorable AIPPI Congresses so far!  All the usual functions are planned, including the ever growing …


Forthcoming Events

AIPPI Congresses 2019 and 2022

In order to ensure successful AIPPI Congresses in the future, and after having checked the practical feasibility of it, the Bureau asked the Turkish Group and the UK Group to make a swap between the year of Istanbul and of London. Both Groups have accepted this request from the Bureau. The Bureau is very thankful to the Turkish Group and …


GOs & NGOs

The MIP IP in Asia Forum is taking place in Washington DC (June 6) and Palo Alto (June 8)

by MIP

Join this year’s forum to find out about the major issues and changes currently underway in Asia, with a view on how to tailor these changes to maximise your portfolios’ value and remain competitive through continual change in the IP landscape. View the Washington DC agenda View the Palo Alto agenda This interactive one-day forum is especially tailored …

European Patent Office

Launch of the Unified Patent Court in December 2017

by European Patent Office

Munich Wednesday July 5, 2017 This event takes part in the ongoing process for the implementation of the European patent system through a European patent with unitary effect and the establishment of the Unified Patent court. The upcoming system's launch in December 2017 will be discussed by European judges, Committee members, IP practitioners and members of …


Articles and case notes

Australia: The Hon. Randall R. Rader on ‘The Future of the Patent System’

by Brett Shandler (DLA Piper, Australia)

In May 16, 2017, AIPPI Australia (in conjunction with the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia) hosted a lecture by the Honourable Randall R. Rader, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and currently a Professor of Law at Tsinghua University, who presented on ‘The Future of Patent …


China: Legislation under the Nagoya Protocol in China

by Bin OU (NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys, China)

Recently, the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Peoples’ Republic of China ("MEP") released the Administrative Regulations for the Acquisition and Benefit Sharing of Biological Genetic Resources (Draft for Comment) for public comment. The Draft is made to fulfill the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol and may have substantive effects on various aspects of …


France: Streaming and anti-piracy: new judgment by the EU Court of Justice

by Tougane Loumeau (GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL, France)

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued an interesting judgment in the copyright anti-piracy domain, and more specifically with regard to streaming on the internet. The judgment is favourable to the interests of copyright holders and the media industry. The case involved Stichting Brein, a Dutch anti-piracy society and Mr Wullems, …


Japan: How does the 2016 Amendment of the Examiner’s Guidelines for Designs in Japan work for GUIs?

by Kozo Yabe (Yuasa and Hara, Japan)

Demand for GUIs has been growing in relation to mobile/portable digital devices such as smartphones and tablets, etc. As a result, the Japan Patent Office (“JPO”) responded to such situation with the 2016 Amendment of the Examiner’s Guidelines for Designs for graphic images on screen which are post-installed/recorded. However there are still some …


Thailand: Expedited Patent Examination to Be Implemented

by Nathapong Tongkaew (Domnern Somgiat & Boonma, Thailand)

The Thai government plans to implement an expedited examination process for applications which have been pending for 5 years or more. With this process, it is expected that approximately 12,000 patents will be granted in 3 months. It was announced by the Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office that the joint meeting of …


U.S.A.: Decorative Elements of Clothing are Eligible for Copyright Protection

by Seth I. Appel (Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, U.S.A.)

The U.S. Supreme Court dove into the muddy waters of copyright in clothing designs in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 580 U.S. __ (2017), https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-866_0971.pdf. Here, the Supreme Court held that designs on Varsity Brands' cheerleading uniforms may be protected, even though the uniforms themselves are …


National Groups

Joint seminar of AIPPI Poland, Germany and France – Warsaw, March 16-17, 2017

by Bartosz Krakowiak (President of the Polish Group)

Following a long-lasting tradition of joint regional AIPPI meetings, in March 16-17, 2017, the Polish, the German and the French Groups of AIPPI organized a trilateral seminar on selected intellectual property related issues. The seminar was held in Warsaw, Poland, at the famous hotel Bristol. The seminar was officially opened by the …