e-News No.55
December 6, 2017

2017 AIPPI World Congress – Sydney

The 2017 AIPPI World Congress in Sydney

by Andrew Massie and Damon Henshaw (Sydney Congress Organising Committee)

AIPPI celebrated its 120 year anniversary in style at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre, a spectacular harbour-side venue in the heart of the city. The Opening Ceremony commenced with a captivating indigenous performance and speeches followed from Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia and Francis Gurry, Director General of …

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Sydney Congress – Resolutions adopted

by Sarah Matheson (Reporter General of AIPPI)

Six Resolutions were adopted by the Executive Committee of AIPPI at the 2017 AIPPI World Congress in Sydney. Four of these were on the basis of AIPPI’s 2017 Study Questions: Patents – Patentability of computer implemented inventions Trademarks – Bad faith trademarks General – Protection of graphical user interfaces General – Quantification of monetary …

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Sydney Congress – Professional development programme

by Sarah Matheson (Reporter General of AIPPI)

The 2017 AIPPI World Congress in Sydney offered another extensive professional development programme spanning a wide variety of topical issues in IP, including the ever popular ‘Pharma Day’, plus other panel sessions similarly divided into ‘streams’ of interest. ‘Pharma Day’ included sessions on the vexed issue of the "plausibility" of the invention as described …

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Standing Committee reports

by Sarah Matheson (Reporter General of AIPPI)

The annual reports of AIPPI’s Standing Committees received by the Reporter General were made available to all attendees at the 2017 AIPPI World Congress in Sydney. They are now also available here. Read about the activities and impact of our Standing Committees in the year leading up to the Sydney Congress, and their plans for …

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2018 AIPPI World Congress – Cancun

Registration will open in early 2018 for next year's World Congress in Cancun! Please stay tuned!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

In September 2018, the AIPPI World Congress will be held in Cancun, Mexico. Sponsors in Cancun will have unique opportunities to promote their activities to a worldwide audience, not only at the Cancun International Convention Center (ICC), but for a very first time, also at the hotel Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, which will be available exclusively for AIPPI …

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AIPPI Bureau

Welcome National Group of AIPPI in the UAE

by Olga Sirakova (Secretary General of AIPPI)

On October 14, 2017 the Executive Committee of AIPPI adopted a motion for the recognition of a new group – the National Group of AIPPI in the UAE. The group has 34 founding members representing 14 firms in the UAE. Within less than one year the group is now becoming a reality. Congratulations …

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AIPPI Young Forum

by Marek Lazewski (First Deputy Secretary General)

The kick-off event for young members during the Congress in Sydney has proven a success. The Young AIPPI Forum aimed at giving a boost of encouragement to those who are still beginners in the field of congress networking. Young members were exposed to an interactive session conducted by a professional trainer with the assistance …

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Changes in the Bureau of AIPPI

by John Bochnovic (Executive Director of AIPPI)

When the 47th AIPPI World Congress in Sydney ended, the following changes in the Bureau took effect on October 18, 2017: Renata Righetti Pelosi (Italy) has become First Vice-President. She was previously Second Vice-President. Luiz Henrique Do Amaral (Brazil) has become Second Vice-President. He was previously Assistant Secretary General. Olga Sirakova (Bulgaria) has …

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AIPPI admitted to UNFCCC as observer organization

by John Bochnovic (Executive Director of AIPPI)

AIPPI is pleased to announce that it has been admitted as an observer organization by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), otherwise popularly known as the Paris Agreement or Paris climate accord. The admission status accords AIPPI the right to nominate a representative to the UNFCCC conference, namely the 24th …

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Farewell, Maria!

by John Bochnovic (Executive Director of AIPPI)

With much fondness and a certain sadness, AIPPI bids farewell to Maria Bratsos, who will leave the General Secretariat (GS) at the end of this year to pursue her chosen profession as a pediatric psychologist. Since joining the General Secretariat in April 2002, Maria has worked on a part-time basis throughout her undergraduate …

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AIPPI Committees

AIPPI participated in COP 23 of UNFCCC

by Guillaume Henry (SZLEPER HENRY Avocats - France)

AIPPI attended the COP 23 of the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) in November 2017 in Bonn (Germany). AIPPI has been admitted officially as observer organization to the UNFCCC in 2017, after a 3 years process! At the COP 23, AIPPI was represented by Guillaume HENRY, chair of the SC 198 on IP …

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Articles and case notes

China: Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law Takes Effect in 2018

by Lei Fu (CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office -China)

Brief Description The newly revised PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law will take effect on January 1, 2018. It is the first time that the Law has been revised since it came into effect in 1993. The Anti-Unfair Competition Law has been revised in order to better address the new problems emerging …

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France: Pan-European jurisdiction of Community design courts

by Laurine Janin-Reynaud (Duclos Thorne Mollet-Vieville & Associes - France)

Nintendo Co. Ltd. v. BigBen Interactive GmbH / BigBen Interactive SA – Joined Cases C24/16 and C-25/16, (http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=195045&pageIndex=0&doclang=EN&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=273235) In a judgment of September 27, 2017, the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) held that a Community design court, asked to rule on an action for infringement based on article 82(1) of …

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Mexico: A possible amendment to the Mexican IP system

by Kiyoshi Tsuru (TMI Abogados - Mexico)

On April 26th, 2017, a bill to amend the Law of Industrial Property was submitted to the Mexican Senate in order to introduce important modifications in four areas: industrial designs, proceedings to register inventions, appellations of origin, and geographical indications. The highlights of this bill can be summarized as follows: Industrial designs The …

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Portugal: Mandatory Arbitration for pharmaceutical patents in Portugal

by Gonçalo De Sampaio (E. DIAS COSTA, LDA - Portugal)

In recent years, there have been significant changes to the pharmaceutical patent litigation arena in Portugal, with a law that makes arbitration mandatory to settle disputes between patent owners and generic medicine manufacturers. Considering the market size, we may say that we always had a number of patent cases being …

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UK: Dosage patent for tadalafil for erectile dysfunction held obvious

by Jennifer Jones, Audrey Horton (Bird & Bird - UK)

The English Court of Appeal has warned against over-elaboration of the “obvious to try” line of cases and demonstrated that, in a case which involves routine pre-clinical and clinical trials, what would be undertaken as part of that routine is unlikely to be inventive. In order to clear the way …

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UK: First judicial interpretation of Actavis: normal = purposive and anticipation by equivalents is out

by Christopher de Mauny (Bird & Bird - UK)

In Mylan v Yeda and Teva EWHC 2629 (Pat) Arnold J has delivered the first substantive High Court judgment to apply the Supreme Court's decision in Actavis v Eli Lilly. Although relatively brief on these points, his treatment of “normal interpretation” and consideration of variants or equivalents makes for interesting reading. …

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USA: Law of Patent Venue Transfer Stabilizing

by Kelly G. Hyndman (Sughrue Mion, PLLC - USA)

An important aspect of patent litigation strategy in the United States is deciding which court should be the venue for the patent infringement lawsuit. The patent venue rules have been in flux this year, with the answer to important questions of venue law being answered differently in different courts. Prior to …

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GOs & NGOs

EUIPO - Research on Online Business Models Infringing Intellectual Property Rights - Phase 2 (IBM2)

More than 27 000 e-shops in 4 EU Member States may have marketed trade mark infringing products over the two-month period of December 2016 to January 2017. On 24 October 2017 a new report was launched by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) showing that of these e-shops, over 21 000 were using domain names that were already taken. …

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SME case studies

The EPO has produced a series of case studies on European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are leveraging the power of patents and other IP rights to achieve business success. SMEs from different countries, operating in different industries and technology sectors, were interviewed about their IP strategies and underlying business models. The resulting case studies illustrate how new and …

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Event Announcements

Pan-European IP Summit 2017

This high-level conference gathers + 450 practitioners to discuss the timeliest IP issues and EU reforms related to patents, copyrights, trademark, design and new technologies. This 2-day conference is the forum to discuss IP trends with worldwide experts, attend innovative panels and discover the impact of new technologies on IP. The key figures: + 100 speakers, + 400 delegates + …

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MIP International Patent Forum 2018

After a hugely successful event in 2017 which saw 300+ patent and IP professionals register to attend, Managing IP is pleased to invite AIPPI members for the third time to the eighth annual MIP International Patent Forum, taking place on March 7 & 8 in London. * In-house, patent and IP counsel attend the Forum completely free of charge ** …

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