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AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright at WIPO in Geneva

by Jan Bernd Nordemann (Chair of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright) & Matthias Gottschalk (Secretary of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright) May libraries digitize the books they have in their shelves? May they send an electronic copy to a cooperating library, if a researcher would like to read it there? May universities provide electronic copies of […] Read More

USA: CAFC Finds Claim Scope Disclaimer in Poly- America

by Kelly G. Hyndman (Sughrue Mion, PLLC – USA) In Poly-America v. API Industries, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that patentee’s claims were properly narrowed, finding a disavowal of claim scope in the specification and also in the prosecution history. Avoiding claim scope disavowal is a consideration to be addressed at […] Read More

Japan: Geographic Indications protected in Japan

by Kozo Yabe (YUASA and HARA – Japan) Geographic Indications (“GI”) are protected in Japan. However, the Japanese system follows more administrative measures protecting certain qualified product brands for the agricultural, forestry, and fishery industries. The GI system is separate from the Regional Collective Trademarks (“RCTM”) run by the Japan Patent Office (“JPO”). Indeed, users should […] Read More

The 2016 AIPPI Congress in Milan was a memorable success!

by Carlo Faggioni (OC Chair) and Renata Righetti (past President of the Italian Group) An impressive attendance of more than 2100 from 85 countries gave the participants endless networking opportunities. The presence of top level representatives from international IP offices, a great educational program, the traditional Pharma Day, IP lunches with judges and PTO officers, […] Read More

Changes in the Bureau of AIPPI

by John Bochnovic (Executive Director of AIPPI) On September 21, 2016 changes in the Bureau took effect. Hao Ma is the new President and Renata Righetti Pelosi is the Second Vice-President. Annie Siu-Ting Tsoi has become an Assistant Secretary General. Please check here for a complete list of Bureau members. Read More

Reform of EU Copyright Law – Proposals by the European Commission for a digital single market

by Jan Bernd Nordemann (chair of AIPPI’s Standing Committee on Copyright) “Copyright is everywhere”: In the digital knowledge and entertainment society of today, copyright law controls the distribution and use of content. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Union has also recognised this. When Jean-Claude Juncker announced his five priorities for the 2014 election to the […] Read More

Argentina: Patents: Argentine Patent Office issues an enlarged PPH program

by Ignacio Sánchez Echagüe (Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal – Argentina) The Argentine Patent Office issued an enlarged PPH program that would significantly accelerate the prosecution of applications. On September 19, 2016, the Argentine Patent and Trademark Office (ARPTO) issued Regulation No. P-56/2016 which, under certain circumstances, allows applicants to accelerate prosecution of pending patent applications. This […] Read More

China: Defending Patent Validity on Inventiveness

by Honghui Hu (WAN HUI DA Law Firm & Intellectual Property Agency – China) The Patent Reexamination Board & Zhao Weixing v. BAYER PHARMA AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, Beijing Higher Court, (2014) Gao Xing (Zhi) Zhong Zi No. 2684 (in Chinese) Bayer successfully defended its patent relating to the world’s leading oral contraceptive, Yasmin in Beijing Higher Court. Although […] Read More