Committee Types

Statutory Committee

No committees.

Bureau Advisory Committee

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Standing Committee

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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

Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding

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

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

Inventorship of Multinational Inventions

The basic mark requirement under the Madrid System

Exhaustion issues in copyright law

IP licensing and insolvency

The use of prosecution history in post-grant patent proceedings

Infringement of trademarks by goods in transit

The interplay between design and copyright protection for industrial products

The relevance of traditional knowledge to intellectual property law

Grace period for patents

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

Term of copyright protection

Relief in IP proceedings other than injunctions or damages

Second medical use or indication claims

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

The patentability criterion of inventive step / non-obviousness

The requirement of genuine use of trademarks for maintaining protection

The availability of injunctions in cases of infringement of IPRs

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

Protection against the dilution of a trademark

Protection of trade secrets through IPR and unfair competition law

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

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

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – infringement and liability

Enforcement of intellectual property rights TRIPS

Patents and protection of the environment

Evaluation of confusion in Trademark Law

Unfair competition – comparative advertising

The role and function of experts in patent disputes

Protection of terms in foreign languages as mark

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – procedure and sanctions

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

The effectiveness of border measures after TRIPS

International Exhaustion of Patent Rights

Trademarks and Internet domain names

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

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

Patentability of Business Methods

The Relationship between Technical Standards and Patent Rights

International Exhaustion of Industrial Property Rights

Conflicts between Trademarks and Company and Business Names

The Impact of Advertising Restrictions on Trademarks

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

Criminal law sanctions with regard to the infringementof intellectual property rights

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

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

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

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

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

Employers’ rights to intellectual property

Database protection at national and international level

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

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

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

Border measures and other Means of Customs Intervention against Infringers

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

Exhaustion of IPRs in cases of recycling or repair of goods

Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs

Damages for infringement, counterfeiting and piracy of trademarks

The impact of public health issues on exclusive patent rights

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

Relationship between trademarks and geographical indications

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

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

Acquiescence (tolerance) to infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Conflicts between trademark protection and freedom of expression

Limitations on exclusive IP Rights by competition law

Punitive damages as a contentious issue of IP Rights