e-News No.65

August 8, 2019

2019 AIPPI World Congress – London

The registration fee will increase after Wednesday August 14, 2019, so make sure you complete your registration today to benefit from the savings!

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A Preview of the London Congress Programme

by Jonathan P. Osha (Reporter General)

As always, the AIPPI Congress educational programme will feature a wide variety of cutting-edge topics that will be sure to inform and educate. There will be 13 panel sessions covering topics ranging from “The Art of IP – Museums and Architecture” to “Describe Your Best Defense: Trademark Infringement or Not?” and “Patents and Artificial …

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Wolters Kluwer Breakfast Session During AIPPI

Wolters Kluwer organizes the breakfast session ‘Genuine Use of Trademarks’

Tuesday, September 17, 07:30-08:30 am as part of the 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London

Moderator of the session will be Eléonore Gaspar, Partner at DTMV & Associés in Paris, France, and editor of the Book Genuine Use of Trademarks (AIPPI Law Series, 2018).

Panel members:

• Alexander Von Mühlendahl, Attorney-at-Law at Bardehle Pagenberg in Munich, Germany

• Paula Clancy, Founder and Managing Attorney Lawyer at Clancy in Ottawa, Canada

• Stanley Lai, Head of Intellectual Property Practice at Allen & Gledhill in Singapore

Register now via www.kluwerlaw.com/aippi-2019/


AIPPI Bureau

AIPPI at the HCCH Diplomatic Conference

by Anne Marie Verschuur (First Deputy Reporter General)

On July 2, 2019, a new Hague Convention was signed after a Diplomatic Conference of two weeks and AIPPI, represented by First Deputy Reporter General Anne Marie Verschuur, attended the conference (as well as prior preparatory meetings) as an invited observer. In line with AIPPI's position, intellectual property was excluded from the scope …

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Mr Justice Henry Carr

by Ari Laakkonen (Second Deputy Reporter General)

With great sadness, AIPPI notes the passing of Sir Henry Carr. Sir Henry was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998 and, after a distinguished career in IP litigation at the English bar, in 2015 Sir Henry became one of the specialist IP judges in the Patents Court in London.  Despite a heavy caseload, Sir Henry found time to participate in a number of AIPPI panels and contributed to the association through his wisdom, knowledge and experience and, above all, his generous and kind approach.  He will be missed by all at AIPPI. 


Articles and Case Notes

Japan: Examination for AI Related Invention in Japan

by Hirohito Katsunuma (Katsunuma International Patent Office – Japan)

The number of AI-related patent applications reached 3,065 applications in 2017 in Japan, which present a 65% increase compared with the previous year. Responding to this increase, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) further clarified the description requirement and the inventive step of AI-related inventions. The JPO provided additional examination case examples …

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Thailand: Thailand Becomes Asia’s First Country to Liberalize Medical Cannabis

by Alan Adcock (Tilleke & Gibbins – Thailand)

In January this year, Thailand caught the cannabis industry by surprise, becoming the first Asian country to legalize medicinal cannabis while at the same time restricting foreign participation in the industry for at least the first five years and thwarting cannabis-related patent applications. With certain amendments to the Narcotics Act and with soon …

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U.S.: Foreign-Domiciled Trademark Applicants, Registrants, and Parties Must Now be Represented by US Licensed Attorneys at the USPTO

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

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that, beginning August 3, 2019, it will require all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States. This new rules package is …

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National Groups


China: 2019 AIPPI China Youth IP Seminar

by Rebecca Zhao (AIPPI Chinese Group)

2019 AIPPI China Youth IP Seminar was held successfully in Beijing on July 12-13, 2019, attracting nearly 100 participants nationwide including members and non-members. Judge ZHAN Jingkang, Judge LIU Yang, Judge MA Xiurong, Judge TANG Lini from the IP Court of the Supreme People’s Court of China were invited to give speeches and share …

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Event Announcements

Premier Cercle’s SEP Conference - September 10, 2019

Join Premier Cercle for a one-day conference hosted by Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB), researched and organized by Premier Cercle and supported by Unified Patents. Key decision-makers from corporate American and European technology powerhouses will speak on the latest court cases, the impact of essential patents and patent pools, FRAND, 5G, connected cars and LTE liabilities, new tools and emerging models in the IP space.

Andrei Iancu, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be the keynote speaker.

More information please click here.


CIPA Congress - September 19, 2019

Join CIPA for a day of fantastic talks and networking at its biggest event of the year, CIPA Congress.

CIPA Congress will be held on Thursday 19th September at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster from 8.30am until 5.30pm. 

There will be a range of remarkable speakers including keynote speakers Tim Moss CBE, CEO of the Intellectual Property Office, Amanda Michaels, Barrister at Hogarth Chambers and Stephen Rowan, Vice-President of the European Patent Office Directorate-General Patent Granting Process. The event will provide excellent CPD and will focus on IP issues that professionals take on in their everyday working lives.

It will be immediately followed by a drinks reception until 7pm and the CIPA Annual Dinner until 10pm.

Tickets for CIPA Congress are £354 for Members and £444 for Non-Members. To book tickets, please visit here or email cpd@cipa.org.uk.