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33rd Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

by Shiri Kasher-Hitin (member of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright) This SCCR meeting discussed mainly protection of broadcasting organizations and also limitations and exceptions for education, research institutions, libraries and archives. A comprehensive and fascinating study on exceptions for education was presented in detail and might influence significantly the drafting of the next treaty on this […] Read More

Brief Report On The 2016 WTO Public Forum

by Luca Rinaldi (Member of AIPPI’s  Standing Committee on TRIPS) The WTO Public Forum was held from September 27 to 29 , 2016, in Geneva, at the WTO headquarters. The forum included three full days of workshops, working sessions, plenary sessions and book launches relating to “Inclusive Trades”. Indeed, TRIPS and more general Intellectual Property matters were […] Read More

Genuine use of a mark does not require aiming at end consumers

by Laurine Janin-Reynaud (DUCLOS THORNE MOLLET-VIEVILLE & ASSOCIES – France) General Court of the European Union,  July 7, 2016, Fruit of the Loom, Inc. v. EUIPO / Takko Holding GmbH (FRUIT) – T-431/15, ECLI:EU:T:2016:395 ( In a judgment of July 7, 2016, the General Court of the European Union held that commercial acts exclusively aimed at professionals […] Read More

The Holidays That Keep on Giving: The USPTO Can Declare Its Own Holidays With no Real Notice

by Joshua B. Goldberg (Nath, Goldberg & Meyer – USA) The USPTO experienced a massive power failure on December 22, 2015, resulting in a cascading sequence of subsequent computer failures that left its electronic filing system completely unusable and inoperable. Rather than take some other action, the USPTO made the decision to consider those days from December […] Read More

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, on March 16-17, 2017, the Polish, the German and the French Groups of AIPPI, with the participation of the AIPPI Bureau, will organize a trilateral seminar on selected intellectual property related issues. The seminar will be held in Warsaw, at the […] Read More

The AIPPI China Copyright Forum (2016) in Beijing

by By Jun (Allen) Wang (Yingke Law Firm – China) The AIPPI China Copyright Forum (2016) was held at the CUC International Convention Center in Beijing, China on December 11, 2016, with 150 domestic experts, scholars, lawyers and other legal professional participants in attendance, focusing on important and hot issues in the field of copyright. Mr. Hao […] Read More

More rights for authors and performing artists in Germany

by Karolina Schöler (HARTE-BAVENDAMM Rechtsanwälte – Germany) The German Bundesrat and Bundestag again have passed a reform of the German Copyright Law (BT-Drucksache 18/10637 dated December 13th, 2016). The reform aims at the improvement of the author’s ability to enforce his right to claim a fair and reasonable remuneration for the exploitation of his work. The revised […] Read More

The IP High Court Holds that a Seller Should Cooperate if the Purchaser is Involved in an IP Dispute

by Masahito Imai (Kubota – Japan) SoftBank BB Corporation v. Kanematsu Corporation (Japan: IP High Court Case No. 2015 (ne) 10069 (English Summary)) In a judgment of December 24, 2015, the IP High Court (the “Court”) held that a seller of chipsets is liable for the purchaser’s damages caused by the purchaser agreeing to pay money […] Read More

AIPPI 2017 is just nine months away!!

by AIPPI 2017 Organizing Committee The Local Organising Committee and Congress Managers have been busy putting together the finishing touches on what is shaping up to be one of the most memorable AIPPI Congress yet! They are excited to announce the addition of a ‘Young Members Congress’ into the program, which is unique to the […] Read More