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Briefings by FICPI members on IP law and practice changes and important recent decisions in their countries and regions, which the experienced IP practitioner cannot afford to miss.

Remote working with the EPO

Remote working with the EPO

In view of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency, the EPO has made some changes to its procedures. Oral proceedings before examining divisions are to be held by videoconference, while oral proceedings before opposition divisions are either postponed or to be held by...

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What does a peacock have to do with IP?

What does a peacock have to do with IP?

The Committee agreed to begin examining compulsory licensing & prior use as regards patent rights, & quality of grant process. The 31st Session of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP/31) was held on 2 to 5 December 2019, I represented FICPI at...

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New patent system for Hong Kong

New patent system for Hong Kong

This new system provides greater flexibility for Applicants Changes to the patent system in Hong Kong from 19th December 2019 see the introduction of an original grant patent system for standard patents which will provide an alternative route for patent registration...

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Trade issues influence IP landscape

Trade issues influence IP landscape

Highlights from the WIPO Consultation with NGOs, November 2019. FICPI attended the consultation that WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, led with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Geneva on 26 November 2019. About 50 NGOs attended the two-hour meeting. DG...

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New Patent Examination Guidelines for China

New Patent Examination Guidelines for China

China National Intellectual Property Association (CNIPA) has published revisions to its Patent Examination Guidelines, the changes became effective on 1 November 2019. In this article, Michael Caine of Australia's Davies Collison Cave and member of FICPI's CET...

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Interpreting Services at the EPO

Interpreting Services at the EPO

The EPO has no interpreters of its own but uses external services, which is costly and involves considerable organisation. As laid down in Rule 4(5) EPC, the cost of interpreters is borne by the EPO. Every year, around 750 interpreting days are cancelled at short...

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Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board

Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board

The Delhi High Court taking cognizance of the colossal pendency of cases before the IPAB and its perennial non-functioning hold the view that the doctrine of necessity has to be invoked in this case. The Court observed that legislative intent is of the continuity of...

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Can US Congress Create Order From 101 Chaos?

Can US Congress Create Order From 101 Chaos?

The USPTO and Federal Circuit have struggled with defining patent subject matter eligibility after the Mayo, Myriad and Alice Supreme Court cases. Holdings in some recent Federal Circuit cases are inconsistent with guidelines and examples issued by the USPTO to assist...

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Amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act

Amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act

This year will bring significant changes in the field of Estonian trademark protection. The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) passed The Act on Amendments to the Trademark Act, which will make registration of trademarks in Estonia faster. Upon adoption of the new...

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CNIPA – Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

CNIPA – Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

On 12 February 2019, CNIPA (previously SIPO, China) published a draft regulation, Some Provisions on Regulating the Application for Registration of Trademarks, inviting public comments. Anyone who has comments or suggestions may send them to CNIPA via email to...

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Punitive Damages System in Korea

Punitive Damages System in Korea

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on 18 December 2018 that a few amendments to the "Patent Act" and "Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act" were passed at the Assembly plenary session on 7 December 2018. The major...

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China is Amending the Patent Law

China is Amending the Patent Law

China's top legislature, Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC), had a first reading on the Draft Amendment of the China Patent Law at the end of December 2018. This amendment would be the fourth amendment of the China Patent Law since it came...

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JAPAN-INDIA PPH

The Japanese Patent Office signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in July 2015. After two successful review meetings, it was agreed in principle on 22 August 2018 to start a bilateral Patent...

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CNIPA – Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

SIPO Changes its English Name to CNIPA

On 28 August 2018, SIPO changed its English name to CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Association). Its new domain name, www.cnipa.gov.cn, was launched on 30 August 2018. These changes reflect recent organisational reforms with respect to the national...

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Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

On 3-5 October 2018, EUIPO welcomed the seventh edition of an external audit on the quality of its opposition decisions on European trademarks. In accordance with its 2020 Strategic Plan, EUIPO established the goal of enhanced customer-driven quality services. This is...

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Interpreting Services at the EPO

B+ Sub-Group Meeting

FICPI was invited to participate at the Group B+ Sub-group meeting and the Group B+ Plenary Session held in Geneva on 1st October 2019. The meeting was attended by Jérôme Collin and Kim Finnilä. The sessions were chaired by Ms Frances Roden (Deputy Director General,...

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FICPI Editor

If you have news of changes or developments in IP law or practice in your country or region which it would be important for members of the FICPI global community of independent IP attorneys to know about, please contact our Editor (contact details below).

Catherine Dhanjal

catherine.dhanjal@theanswer.ltd

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