Dear FICPI Friends, Bath, 26 March 2020: It has come to our attention that scammers are trying, again, to extract money from FICPI members by pretending to be Julian Crump, FICPI President. Just today, a number of FICPI members received emails purporting to be from me which asked for their urgent assistance.

How we can strengthen the global FICPI Community during the Covid-19 pandemic

Julian Crump Dear Members, As you know, we have had to cancel or postpone several FICPI meetings as a precaution against the spread of the Coronavirus. Having opportunities for members of our global community to gather to connect and share knowledge is an important way our community communicates and establishes trust.

Circular letter from the President re Covid-19 // New dates for the FICPI Korea Symposium 2021 // Cancellation of Goa ExCo

Dear FICPI Family As you will know by now, the Bureau and I have taken the difficult recent decisions to postpone the FICPI Korea Symposium, which would have taken place on 23-24 April in Seoul, and to cancel the Executive Committee Meeting, which was due to take place in Goa in just two weeks’ time.

FICPI Newsletter – February 2020

Cannes, France, 7-10 October 2020. FICPI members, non-members, intellectual property practitioners, and colleagues from industry and official bodies are all welcome to attend and exchange views. For more information and registration, click here.

FICPI Newsletter – January 2020

Achieving the Strategic Plan is key to driving FICPI forwards. In June 2018 the Executive Committee adopted the third revision of our Strategic Plan, with the first having been agreed in 1999 and the second in 2009.

FICPI Briefing Note: Brexit and IP

The UK will leave the European Union (EU) in 2 days’ time on 31 January 2020. However, the position for IP will remain unchanged until the end of a “Transition Period” which is expected to be 31 December 2020. This briefing note sets out summary information regarding Brexit & IP, together with practical suggestions.

FICPI Korea Symposium 2020 – Early Bird Registration Deadline Thursday 30 January!


FICPI Korea Symposium 2020 – Road to Seoul #4

The Session IP service providers: blessing or curse? will host a fantastic discussion about IP service providers. Panellists, which includes representatives from these new players, will discuss current trends in the IP market, and how to best address the needs of users of the IP system, through cutting-edge technology and a new understanding of client relationship.

FICPI Korea Symposium 2020 – Road to Seoul #3

THE ROAD TO SEOUL FICPI Korea Symposium 2020 Newsletter #3 – 13 January 2020

CORRECTION: FICPI Korea Symposium 2020 – Road to Seoul

The Republic of Korea, located in Northeast Asia, is visited by approximately ten million international travellers every year. With her long history in culture and tradition, the country has a lot to offer to travellers. Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, is a mega global city with a cutting-edge cityscape.

Further FICPI News – October 2019

WIPO General Assembly Renews Mandate for Intergovernmental Commission The WIPO General Assembly has renewed the mandate for the Intergovernmental Commission on Genetic Resources,Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expressions for the 2020/2021 biennium. There will be six meetings of the IGC to continue work on finalizing one or more international legal instruments before providing an update at the 2021 General Assemblies.

FICPI News – October 2019

Matthew Bryan, Director, PCT legal and User Relations Division, reported that the PCT Working Group was functioning well and that FICPI’s interventions and suggestions had been well considered and taken aboard. An amendment to the rules on erroneously filed elements in the PCT Regulations will be proposed to the General Assembly in October 2019.

URGENT – Further Scam Warning

Just this afternoon, a number of FICPI members received emails purporting to be from me which asked for their urgent assistance. These emails did not originate from me and were fraudulent. I am sending this message through as many social media channels as I can to alert as many FICPI members as possible of this illegal activity.

FICPI News – September 2019

CET5 Studies Patent Eligibility of 3D Printed Tissues and Organs CET Group 5 (Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals) has conducted an extensive study of the issues surrounding the eligibility for patenting of inventions relating to artificial organs produced by three-dimensional (“3D”) printers.

FICPI Singapore Seminar Series 2019

Dear FICPI Friends, The registration deadline for our FICPI seminar in Singapore is approaching. On behalf of the President of the Study and Work Commission of FICPI (CET), Coleen Morrison, we ask you to send the enclosed flyer once more to interested FICPI members and especially to colleagues in Asia by way of a reminder with the hint that it is a good opportunity to become more familiar with the work of FICPI.

FICPI 18th Open Forum

The Organising Secretariat announced on Monday 9 September that they had closed registrations for the 18th Open Forum. If you are still interested in attending, please email events@ficpi.org to request that your name is added to the waiting list.

FICPI News – August 2019

Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board Doctrine of necessity invoked by Delhi High Court to make non-functional Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) operational! Read more… Indian Patent Office Publishes Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules The Indian Patent Office (IPO) published Draft Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2019 on 1 June 2019 and asked for submission of comments and/or suggestions by stakeholders within one month of publication of such draft Rules.

FICPI 18th Open Forum – Your Carriage to Vienna!

The newly constructed museum building in the Vienna Ringstraße was ceremoniously opened in 1891. For the first time, most of the imperial Habsburg collections were housed under one roof, the monumental building itself being conceived as a memorial to Habsburg patronage.

URGENT – Further Scam Warning

Last month, a number of FICPI members received emails purporting to be from me which asked for their urgent assistance for another FICPI colleague. These emails did not originate from me and were fraudulent. With the kindness and collegiality that characterises FICPI members, some of them took time to respond to the emails in the mistaken belief that they were genuine.

FICPI Singapore Seminar Series 2019

Join us for this one-day seminar on Friday 22 November 2019 in Singapore. Leading IP practitioners from a range of different jurisdictions will discuss important developments in the field of IP law and their impact on our day-to-day practice, with a focus on how best to manage and strengthen your IP practice to the new challenges of increased competition, harmonisation and centralisation, and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

URGENT – Scam Warning

Please ignore any messages of this kind that you may receive, and please accept my sincere apologies for the inconvenience. I copy below a sample of the kind of email received for your reference

FICPI – From the President’s Desk

What is FICPI? Good question. You would have thought that as president I should be able to answer that one. If you would have asked me 6 months ago, I would have told you that “FICPI is a long-established international association (federation even!)

FICPI News – July 2019

30th Session of the Standing Committee on Patent Law (SCP) was held in Geneva on 24 to 27 June 2019. FICPI attended the meeting and made a statement on the “Confidentiality of communications between clients and their patent advisors” supporting a sharing session on this topic suggested for the 31st Session of the SCP scheduled for 2 to 5 December 2019.

FICPI News – Designs Special Edition

Virtual designs, which can be defined by three distinct categories: Augmented Reality, or AR, is an interactive experience in a real-world environment, in which objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information. Virtual Reality, also known as VR, is a three-dimensional, computer generated environment, which can be explored and interacted with.

FICPI News – July 2019

FICPI met with representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on 23 May 2019 to discuss various patent and trademark issues and recent FICPI resolutions. The general patent discussion as well as the trademark discussion will be reported separately.

FICPI Patent Drafting – South East Asian Edition (SEAD) 2019/2020

Dear FICPI Friends, We are extremely pleased to announce that registration is now open for the South East Asian Edition of FICPI’s Patent drafting course! The course will take place in Manila, Philippines from 9-13 December 2019 and 1-5 June 2020. You may view the course brochure and registration form .