e-News No.53
July 20, 2017

AIPPI Standing Committees

Latest twists and turns in the UPC

by AIPPI UP/UPC Committee

On November 28, 2016 the UK Government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. At the end of March 2017, the UK government served formal notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to terminate the UK's membership of the EU. This notice triggered a two-year period for negotiating …


2017 AIPPI World Congress – Sydney

AIPPI 2017 – only three months to go!

by AIPPI 2017 Professional Congress Organizer

Don’t miss out. Register now! With over 1,100 registered delegates and 79 countries represented so far, don’t miss out on your chance to attend AIPPI 2017, taking place between October 13 – 17, 2017. The Organising Committee have been hard at work planning one of the most memorable AIPPI Congresses so far! Online registration is …


Calling all young members of AIPPI (36 and under)!

Join us in Sydney for the first Young AIPPI event! Have fun. Network with other young members. Improve your networking skills. Contribute to AIPPI as a future leader.

The first Young AIPPI Forum will be held on October 14, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Home Nightclub (a trendy venue a few minutes’ walk from the International Convention Centre Sydney).

This event will be a highly interactive session providing opportunities to expand your cross-cultural networking awareness and capacity. The session will be lead by an experienced professional presenter with assistance from AIPPI members.

The event underscores AIPPI’s commitment to the future of the Association. Young members enjoy a reduction of 50% from regular Congress fees. The event is designed to allow young members to build a peer network and accelerate progress within the Association.

Further information on the event will follow.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney and at other Young AIPPI Forum events in the future.


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 …


Forthcoming Events

AIPPI Congresses 2018 and 2019

AIPPI is pleased to announce the dates for the following Congresses:

•     2018 AIPPI World Congress in Cancun – September 23-26, 2018

•     2019 AIPPI World Congress in London – September 15-18, 2019

More information on the venues will be available during the Sydney Congress in October 2017.


GOs & NGOs

IBA 2017 - Sydney, October 8-13, 2017

The 2017 IBA Annual Conference is the premier conference for legal professionals worldwide to meet, share knowledge, network, build contacts and develop business.

The IBA Corporate Counsel Forum will present a number of sessions looking at the most topical issues for corporate counsel in the current environment, including:

•     Forget about the law: the other roles of the in-house lawyer

•     Culture, compliance, governance: making the perfect triangle

•     The perfect pitch: what to learn from transactional real estate lawyers

Plus the Corporate Counsel breakfast on October 11, an exclusive closed event for in-house counsel only, offering an excellent opportunity to hear and learn from other corporate counsels' experiences.

•     Programme

•     Online registration

•     Complete the registration form and return by email to confs@int-bar.org

•     Fax: +44 (0)20 7842 0091


Articles and case notes

China: Imposing Greater Pressure upon IP Infringers through Multiple Legal Actions

by Shuhua Zhang (WAN HUI DA Law Firm & Intellectual Property Agency, China)

Brief Description After criminal prosecution against a trademark infringer in China, the German Company, STIHL filed a follow-up civil lawsuit against it and its sole shareholder on both trademark counterfeiting and trade dress passing off, claiming confusion of personalities to impose maximum pressure upon the infringer. Case Summary …


Japan: JPO announces its first decisions to register color marks

by Yusuke Inui (KUBOTA, Japan)

On March 1, 2017, the Japan Patent Office (the "JPO") issued a press release stating that it had issued its first decisions to register trademarks that merely consist of colors. This is the first time that the JPO has decided to register color marks since it started receiving trademark applications for color marks in April …


U.S.A.: What is Offensive? Not “Offensive” Trademarks in the US!

by Joshua B. Goldberg (Nath, Goldberg & Meyer, U.S.A.)

In an opinion affirming a decision on appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the Supreme Court struck down the restriction on the registration of marks that “disparage” under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, the US federal law governing registration of trademarks. The portion of Section 2(a) of …