Committee Types

Standing Committee

Digital Economy

Amicus Briefs

IP Office Practice & Procedures

Trade Secrets

Pharma and Biotechnology

Commercialisation of IP

Unitary Patent / Unified Patent Court

Piracy and Counterfeiting






Geographical Indications

Standards and Patents

Development and Intellectual Property


Protection of designs and models in the EC

IP and Green Technology

In-house counsel

Rearrangement of the text of the International Convention for the protection of industrial property

Protection against the importation of products the process of manufacture of which is patented in the importing country

Restrictions of the rights of the patentee for reasons of public interest

Application of the Convention to colonies, possessions, etc., and to states acuiring their independence (originally in French)

Termination of rights of registered trade marks owing to non-use

Should a definition of trade marks be introduced into the Convention?

Appellations of origin

Integral application of the provisions of the Paris Convention (originally in French)Application intégrale des dispositions de la Convention de Paris

By what means may the tendency of the countries be countered to deviate from the rules of reciprocity by the implementation of special rules for patent applications? (originally in French)

Prolongation of terms of all kinds expiring on a holiday

The Lisbon Conference – The Conference of Nice

Annuities for patents

Competence of tribunals in industrial property matters and enforcement at defendant’s domicile of judgements rendered in the country of the protection

New applications for chemical products in the agriculture

Is it necessary to introduce into the Paris Convention special provisions on the law applicable to patent disputes in case of a conflict of law? (originally in French)

The protection of trade names in the Paris Convention. Is it necessary to further specify the scope of Article 8? (originally in French)


Study of protection granted to trade names; possible modification of Article 8 of the Paris Convention (originally in French)

Protection of indications of source and appellations of origin

Harmonization of national laws in the field of industrial property


Scope of patents for processes, machines and apparatus

Study on the unification of the right of trade marks

Definition of the grounds on which the rights of the patentee could be restricted

Cancellation of the registration of a trade mark at any time upon proof of abandon

Arrangement of Madrid for the prevention of false indications of origin on goods

International Arrangement for the protection of appellations of origin and their international registration

Competence of arbitrators and enforcement of their awards in matters of contracts relating to industrial property

Trade marks or names with extended protection

Interdiction of the suppression or the limitation of the right to a trade mark after a certain duration of use

Licensing of trade marks

Translation of the mark

Temporary protection at expositions

International protection of works of applied art, designs and models

Method and preparations of a study on the unification of laws on patents for inventions

Interpretation of Article 5 A of the Paris Convention

Incidence on industrial property rights of national or international provisions guaranteeing free competition

The problem of exhibitions

Reasons for which the rights of the patentee can be restricted

The inventions of employees

Protection of the commercial name

The inventors’ certificate

The administrative structure of international cooperation in the field of intellectual property

Model law for developing countries on inventions

Rearrangement of the text of the International Convention for the protection of intellectual property

Effects of the territoriality of trade mark rights in case of unauthorized importation of products

Application of Articles 2 and 15 of the Paris Convention

Improvement on an international scale of patent examination

Reorganization of the IAPIP

Application of the International Convention for the protection of new varieties of plants of 1961

Possible revision of the Madrid Agreement concerning the international registration of trade marks

The know-how – Definition – Legal regime

Influence of laws on restraint of trade or transfer of technology on know-how agreements

European system for the grant of patents

Deferred examination of patent applications

Protection of industrial property in the field of microbiology

Protection of computer programmes – Protection of computer-software

Protection of integrated circuits

Applicant’s prior application as prior art

The international trade mark with supranational effect

Interpretation of patent claims

Protection of scientific discoveries

Appellations of origin, indications of source and geographical indications

Incidence of force majeure on time limits in the field of industrial property

Protection of inventions jointly made by nationals of different countries

Protection of the environment

The European trade mark

Revision of the Paris Convention

Economic significance, functions and purpose of the trademark

Sufficient description of the invention

Impact of use on the maintenance and renewal of a trade mark registration

Assessment of damages for patent infringements

Protection of collective and certification marks

Legal and economic significance of design protection

Comparative advertising

Prior disclosure and prior use of the invention by the inventor

Relevance of copyright law to industrial products / Copyright and industrial products

Misleading and unfair advertising (Television without frontiers)

The dependent patent

Change of patent claims after issue

Trademarks and consumer protection

Protection for groups of chemical substances and selection inventions

Patent protection for biotechnological inventions

Legal and economic significance of protection by utility models

Selection inventions

Community Trademark

Measures against counterfeiting of branded goods

Community Patent

International registration of marks (Madrid Protocol)

Harmonisation of certain Provisions of the Legal Systems for Protecting Inventions

Requirements and time deadlines for filing patent applications

Drafting of patent claims


Prior use

Harmonisation of patent law formalities

The influence of the international dateline

Patentability under the European Patent Convention

Obtaining of evidence of the infringement of industrial property rights

Conflict of industrial property right and other laws

Harmonisation of Trademark Law

Use requirements for the acquisition and the maintenance of registered trademarks

Protection of service marks

Absolute grounds of refusal of registration of trademarks

Harmonization of formal requirements for trademark applications, registrations and amendments thereof

Harmonisation of substantive provisions of Trademark Law

Biotechnology (Relationship between patent protection and biotechnological inventions and plant variety protection; Patentability of animal breedings


Non confusing use of another’s trademark

What may constitute a registrable trademark?

Dependent patents and their exploitation

Early publication and provisional protection of patent applications

Participation of third parties in the patent granting and amendment procedures

Protection of unregistered but well-known trademarks (Art. 6bis Paris Convention) and protection of highly renown trademarks

Parallel import of patented products

Effects of patent or trademark invalidity on license agreements

International Conventions: Dispute settlement procedures

Trademarks: Conflicts with prior rights

Experimental use as a defence to a claim of patent infringement

Arbitration of intellectual property disputes between private parties

House marks

Improvement of international protection of designs and models


Copyright (coordination with ALAI)

Reorganization of working methods of IAPIP

Restoration of patent rights

National legislation advisory committee

Biotechnology (Sub-Committee of Pharma and Biotechnology)

Effective protection against unfair competition under Article 10bis Paris Convention of 1883

Trademark licensing and franchising

Introduction of new and harmonization of the existing utility model protection systems

Harmonisation of the existing utility model protection systems (including EU)

The utility model protection system as an alternative to be patent protection system

Geographical Indications (Dissolved)

Restoration of patents and patent application rights which have lapsed because of post filing defaults in meeting time limits

Difficulties encountered in the acquisition and exercise of industrial property rights (in foreign countries)

Customs seizure and other measures against counterfeiting

Centennial of AIPPI

Copyright protection in particular of industrial achievements

Methods and principles of novelty evaluation in patent law

Legal aspects of merchandizing

Patent term extension (Comparison of different concepts)

Information Technology and Internet

Patenting of computer software

The future of the Patent System in Europe

Confidentiality, disclosure and publication of data in information networks.

Comparison of cost for patent application, granting procedure and enforcement

Hague Conference on Private International Law


Revision of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

Community Patent Regulation

Attorney – Client Privilege and the Patent and/or Trademark Attorneys Profession

The Use of Trademarks and other Signs on the Internet

Agreement on a European Patent Court

IP and genetic resources / traditional knowledge

Substantive Patent Law Treaty

Implementing Regulations for the amended EPC

Substantive Trademark Law Harmonisation

Scope of Patent Protection

The effectiveness of regional systems for granting Intellectual Property Rights

Content and relevance of industrial applicability and/or utility as requirements for patentability

Free Trade Agreements

Enforcement of IP Rights

Client Attorney Privilege

Value of industrial property for technical development and economic progress in developing countries

The role of trade marks, trade names and geographical indications

The role of patents and know-how in the transfer of technology and in stimulating indigenous technology

Study Committee

IP damages for acts other than sales


Consumer survey evidence

Copyright in artificially generated works

Partial designs

Registrability of 3D trademarks

Conflicting patent applications

Joint liability for IP infringement

Patentability of computer implemented inventions

Protection of graphical user interfaces

Quantification of monetary relief

Bad faith trademarks

Security Interests over Intellectual Property

Linking and making available on the Internet

Requirements for protection of designs

Added matter: the standard for determining adequate support for amendments

Trade secrets: Overlap with restraint of trade, aspects of enforcement

Exceptions and limitations to copyright protection for libraries, archives and education and research institutions

Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding

Inventorship of Multinational Inventions

IP licensing and insolvency

Exhaustion issues in copyright law

The basic mark requirement under the Madrid System

Second medical use or indication claims

Relief in IP proceedings other than injunctions or damages

Term of copyright protection

Relevant public for determining the degree of recognition of famous marks, well-known marks and marks with reputation

Grace period for patents

The relevance of traditional knowledge to intellectual property law

The interplay between design and copyright protection for industrial products

Infringement of trademarks by goods in transit

The use of prosecution history in post-grant patent proceedings

The availability of injunctions in cases of infringement of IPRs

The requirement of genuine use of trademarks for maintaining protection

The patentability criterion of inventive step / non-obviousness

Exceptions to copyright protection and the permitted uses of copyright works in the hi-tech and digital sectors

The person skilled in the art in the context of the inventive step requirement in patent law

Exceptions to copyright protection and the permitted uses of copyright works in the hi-tech and digital sectors

Protection of trade secrets through IPR and unfair competition law

Protection against the dilution of a trademark

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

The protection of Major Sports Events and associated commercial activities through Trademarks and other IPR

Evaluation of confusion in Trademark Law

Patents and protection of the environment

Enforcement of intellectual property rights TRIPS

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – infringement and liability

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – procedure and sanctions

Protection of terms in foreign languages as mark

The role and function of experts in patent disputes

Unfair competition – comparative advertising

Breadth of claims, support by disclosure and scope of protection of patents

Trademarks and Internet domain names

International Exhaustion of Patent Rights

The effectiveness of border measures after TRIPS

Three-dimensional Marks: The Borderline between Trademarks and Industrial Designs

Patentability Requirements and Scope of Protection of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs), single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Entire Genomes

The Impact of Advertising Restrictions on Trademarks

Conflicts between Trademarks and Company and Business Names

International Exhaustion of Industrial Property Rights

The Relationship between Technical Standards and Patent Rights

Patentability of Business Methods

The Need and Possible Means of Implementing the Convention on Biodiversity into Patent Laws

Current standards for prior art disclosure in assessing novelty and inventive step requirements

Use of a mark “as a mark” as a legal requirement in respect of acquisition, maintenance and infringement of rights

Criminal law sanctions with regard to the infringementof intellectual property rights

Issues of co-existence of trademarks and domain names: public versus private international registration systems

Jurisdiction and applicable law in the case of cross-border infringement (infringing acts) of intellectual property rights

The role of equivalents and prosecution history in defining the scope of patent protection

Conditions for registration and scope of protection of non-conventional trademarks

Database protection at national and international level

Employers’ rights to intellectual property

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs – certain aspects of patent infringement

Selection Inventions: the Inventive Step Requirement, other Patentability Criteria and Scope of Protection

Border measures and other Means of Customs Intervention against Infringers

The impact of public health issues on exclusive patent rights

Damages for infringement, counterfeiting and piracy of trademarks

Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs

Exhaustion of IPRs in cases of recycling or repair of goods

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

Divisional, Continuation and Continuation in Part Patent Applications

Limitations of the Trademark Protection

Amendment of patent claims after grant (in court and administrative proceedings, including re-examination proceedings requested by third parties)

Contracts regarding Intellectual Property Rights (assignments and licenses) and third parties

Relationship between trademarks and geographical indications

Acquiescence (tolerance) to infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Punitive damages as a contentious issue of IP Rights

Limitations on exclusive IP Rights by competition law

Conflicts between trademark protection and freedom of expression