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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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FICPI@ASIPI 2018

15th January, 2019

FICPI and ASIPI jointly promote the 2019 FICPI ACADEMY Patent Drafting Course in South America to be held in Colombia (May – September 2019). During the ASIPI Congress, on Wednesday 28th November 2018, a brief meeting with a delegation of ASIPI was held. ASIPI were represented by President Maria Pilar…

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USPTO issues 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

08th January, 2019

On January 7, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its “2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance” (“Guidance”) in an effort to provide more consistency and predictability in the analysis of whether subject matter is patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. 84 Fed. Reg. 50. The…

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President’s Monthly Newsletter – December 2018

19th December, 2018

Dear FICPI Family As 2018 rushes headlong towards its close (seemingly only a few weeks after in began!) I want to take this opportunity to reflect on FICPI’s activities over the course of the year and to look ahead to the exciting plans we have for 2019 and beyond.  …

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FICPI@WIPO 29th Session of the SCP

18th December, 2018

The 29th Session of the Standing Committee on Patent Law (SCP) was held in Geneva on 2 to 6 December 2018. FICPI attended the meeting and made a statement on the “Confidentiality of communications between clients and their patent advisors” in order to promote international harmonisation on this issue. The…

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JAPAN-INDIA PPH

17th December, 2018

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 Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on a pilot basis in…

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