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President’s Monthly Letter - February 2019

01st March, 2019

Dear FICPI Family A couple of months into the new year and FICPI is already buzzing with activity.  The Vienna Forum, 9-12 October 2019 As I write from my new ‘half-partition’ in my new firm’s office in Bath, the brochures for the 18th FICPI Open Forum are about to hit your desks.  The…

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Current Developments in Venezuela

27th February, 2019

On Friday 1 February 2019, a year after announcing fee changes, the Venezuelan PTO (SAPI) finally published their new schedule of charges. Payment of official fees had been suspended since February 2018.   This new resolution creates serious issues, at least for US IP holders, since it states that foreign…

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China is Amending the Patent Law

15th February, 2019

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 into force in April 1985.…

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FICPI’s Bureau meets ACPI Board in Lisbon

13th February, 2019

On 31 January 2019, shortly before the start of the Bureau and CET meetings in Lisbon, the President and other members of the FICPI Bureau were pleased to meet the President and member of ACPI’s board of directors; Joao Pereira de Cruz, Ana de Sampaio, Joao Jorge, and Antonio Corte-Real.…

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US Supreme Court Affirms in Helsinn v. Teva On-Sale Bar Case

05th February, 2019

On 22 January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion, authored by Justice Thomas, in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., No. 17-1229, 586 U.S. __, slip op. (Jan. 22, 2019), affirming the decision by the Court of Appeals of the Federal…

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Supreme People’s Court of China Will Take Over Second Instance of all Highly-Technology-Related IPR

21st January, 2019

From 1 January 2019, new rules of jurisdiction of technology-related intellectual property rights (“IPR”) litigation cases will be applied according to the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China's on Several Issues Concerning Litigation Procedures of Patent and Other Intellectual Property Cases (hereinafter referred to…

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Spain approves reform on trade mark law

21st January, 2019

On 21 December 2018, the Spanish Government approved Royal Decree 23/2018, by which the Spanish Trade Mark Law was amended to incorporate the changes included in the EU Harmonization Directive 2015/2436. The main amendments incorporated in the new law include: 1. Any individual or legal person, no matter its nationality,…

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