No. 33
December 2013

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AIPPI Yearbooks
New releases
2012 Book 1  2012 Book 2  2012 Book 3

(AIPPI General Secretariat)
The Yearbook 2012, including the Reports from the National Groups and the Resolutions discussed at AIPPI's 43rd World Intellectual Property Congress in Seoul, is now available online.
AIPPI 2014 Toronto
AIPPI 2014 Toronto World Intellectual Property Congress, September 14-17, 2104
(Philip C. Mendes da Costa, Bereskin & Parr, LLP, Toronto, Canada)
The Canadian AIPPI Group thanks all the organizers and participants for the excellent Forum & ExCo in Helsinki in September! In 2014, it is our honour to host the AIPPI community. We are hoping to see a lot of familiar faces as well as may new ones. The meeting is in Toronto — Canada's world-class city - from September 14 to 17, 2014. Save the dates and join us!
Sponsorship opportunity at World Intellectual Property Congress 2014 in Toronto, Canada
(AIPPI General Secretariat)
Our forthcoming international Congress will take place in Toronto, Canada and we expect to welcome more than 2000 participants from all over the world, having their area of practice in all fields of intellectual property. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach a wide audience and become a sponsor, an exhibitor or even a media partner for this event.
Forthcoming Events
February 2014:  Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Spanish Group of AIPPI
(Spanish Group of AIPPI)
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Spanish Group of AIPPI, the Board of Directors of the Spanish Group agreed to issue a commemorative book with studies on intellectual property, as a tribute to the excellent publications that have characterized the Association over the past 50 years.

In addition, on the occasion of the XXIX Conference for Study of Intellectual Property, which will be held on 13 and 14 February 2014 in Barcelona, a commemorative dinner has been organized in the “Llotja de Mar”, the location where the Spanish group held its Conference for many years.

Registration forms will be ready in a few weeks. All members of all AIPPI Groups are welcome and will have a special fee. The Spanish Group will be glad to share the celebration with you.

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April 2014:  AIPPI Turkey - 3rd IP Seminar, 7 - 8, April, 2014, Harbiye Military Museum and Convention Center, Istanbul
(Turkish Group of AIPPI)
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April 2014 French-Brazilian Seminar on the Functions of Intellectual Property Rights
With AIPPI support, a French-Brazilian Seminar will be held in Belo Horizonte on April 8 and 9, 2014 and in Rio de Janeiro on April 11, 2014. This Seminar will be an opportunity to share the experiences of academics and professionals of both countries.
Articles and notes
Australia: Will the Australian courts Resolve Patent-Eligibility of “Business Methods”?
(Mark Summerfield, Watermark Intellectual Asset Management, Melbourne, Australia)
On 18 November 2013, a Full Bench of the Australian Federal Court heard an appeal that will decide whether computer-implemented business methods, and other software processes, are eligible for patent protection. The status of “business method” patents has been in doubt for several years, and it is hoped that this decision will end the uncertainty.
Italy: Special jurisdiction in tort, delict or quasi-delict—Action for a negative declaration of liability
(Chiara Gaido, Gutierrez Law Firm, Milan, Italy)
The Italian Supreme Court, in a decision made public on June 10, 2013, held that the Italian Courts have jurisdiction in a case involving a declaration of patent non-infringement of both the Italian and the German portions of a European patent, despite the fact that the parties were all foreigners.
Mexico: The Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP), the next trade frontier and an opportunity for Mexico to review and improve its intellectual property system
(Alejandro Luna F., from Olivares & Cia., Mexico City, Mexico)
After 20 years of NAFTA, Mexico has the opportunity to review and improve its entire IP System due to the negotiations and imminent execution of the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP is an ambitious free trade agreement between eleven countries, that would represent more than the 30% of the international GDP.
Spain: Draft of a new Spanish Patent Law
(David Pellisé, Pellisé Abogados, Barcelona, Spain)
On October 8, 2013 a Draft of the new Spanish Patent Law was issued by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO). On the same day, the Spanish Group of the AIPPI was invited to submit observations. A report has been issued by the Spanish Group with comments and proposed amendments.
UK: Court of Appeal (London) addresses the concepts of “a sign” and “graphical representation” in the context of exotic marks
(Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chambers, London, UK)
The Court of Appeal has decided that neither Cadbury’s famous shade of purple, nor Mattel's Scrabble tile were valid trade marks. Neither mark was “a sign”, nor were they described with sufficient clarity or precision to satisfy the requirement of graphical representation.
US: Common Knowledge and common sense impact Patentability in the US
(Marina V. Zalevsky, Sughrue Mion PLLC, Washington, US)
According to the recent U.S. court decision of Randall Mfg. v. Rea, 2012-1611 (Fed. Cir. 2013), common knowledge and common sense are important factors in determining the patentability of the purported invention.
National and Regional Groups
Germany: 1st joint French-German Seminar
(Jochen Bühling, RAe. Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben, Düsseldorf, Germany)
On November 7 and 8, 2013 the French and the German Groups discussed the latest developments in their national laws with a special focus on harmonizing the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The lively presentations and debates provided excellent opportunities to exchange views and ideas.
Israel: From IP to NP—AIPPI International Conference in Tel-Aviv
(Ron Klagsbald, Ron Klagsbald, Law Offices, Herzliya, Israel)
In a two-day conference entitled “From IP to NP” in Tel Aviv, Israel, prominent and leading figures in the global IP arena shared their views and experience with multinational attendees from over 15 countries. Sessions encompassed a wide range of practical IP issues, in the first international IP conference of this kind in Israel. The organizers of the “From IP to NP” International Conference are proud to have welcomed you to the AIPPI-Israel event held in Tel-Aviv during November 10-11, 2013. Link to the conference site.
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