FICPI, The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys


New Patent Act in Spain

10th May, 2016

On July 25th, 2015 the Spanish Official Gazette published a new Spanish Patent Act that will come into force on 1 April 2017. The most important changes are the following: It will become compulsory to request full substantive examination on novelty and inventive step of all Spanish patent applications. The…

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ExCo Workshop on Subject Matter Eligibility around the world

09th May, 2016

During the last ExCo in Zurich, among the usual workshops, one referred to matters eligible for patents in the various jurisdictions. The discussion was very active. The discussion referred especially to grey areas, between clearly patentable and clearly unpatentable new findings. The role of guidelines in different jurisdictions appeared to…

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Draft Intellectual Property Law in Turkey

03rd May, 2016

The Turkish Parliament took the draft IP Law into its program on 6 April 2016 and plans to enact it in mid 2016. The draft law is promising as it mainly fulfils the aim to harmonize the national law with EU law and removes discrepancies between national law and international…

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DesignEuropa Awards 2016

03rd May, 2016

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises.   Design is a key driver of innovation and growth. Design-intensive industries generate 12% of all jobs in the European Union and almost…

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Russian Visa Application Assistance

30th April, 2016

Russian Visa Free Regime The majority of non-Russian citizens wishing to enter the Russian Federation must bear a valid Russian visa, although there are some exceptions, e.g. citizens of countries which have signed a bilateral visa-free regime agreement with the Russian Federation.   Please click here to view the list…

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Workshop Report - Non-Traditional Ownership of IP Firms

28th April, 2016

A workshop was organized on 11th April 2016 in the framework of a FICPI ExCo meeting in Zurich to gather information from different jurisdictions, how practitioners can work together, which form of associations are allowed, to identify trends and to evaluate collaborations which are clearly not allowed. In a majority…

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Raymond C. Stewart

26th April, 2016

In Memory of Raymond Clarence Stewart Founding partner of the Falls Church, Virginia, intellectual property law firm Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP (BSKB) died 26 April 2016 at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia after residing the last few years at The Virginian Retirement Community.  Funeral services for Ray Stewart…

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Workshop Report - UPC and UP

25th April, 2016

Unitary Patent (UP) By way of introduction to the workshop, Antonio Pizzoli described the transitional period (the first – at most – 14 years) of the UP system (as illustrated below), including the opt-in/opt-out system for European patents (EP) and the payment regime for the maintenance fees. He noted that…

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