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 this World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting held in Geneva.WIPO’s Director General, Francis Gurry, welcomed the participants. He raised two main issues:
- Quality is related to a timely delivery of IP products. This is a challenge for the Offices.
- There has been an extraordinarily rich exchange of information, but the Committee should think about outcomes. So-called soft law is an alternative, but normative action has escaped the committee for decades.