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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 […] Read More

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.A.) 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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

The 2019 AIPPI Trilateral Meeting in Zhuhai, China

by Richard Yi Li (Secretary General of AIPPI China) The 17th AIPPI Trilateral Meeting was successfully held in Zhuhai, China on June 1, 2019, with more than 130 participants from the three countries. Mr. Tian Lipu, President of AIPPI China, Mr. Kenichi Nagasawa, President of AIPPI Japan, and Mr. Jehyun Kim, President of AIPPI Korea, […] Read More

Changes in Trade Mark opposition proceedings in Spain

by Luis-Alfonso Durán (DURAN-CORRETJER S.L.P. – Spain) As a result of the transposition of the EU Directive, there is a new procedure of trade mark opposition proceedings in Spain. In the following paragraphs we analyse the most important tips: 1.- The new proceedings will apply to any new Spanish trade mark application or designation of Spain […] Read More