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President’s Monthly Newsletter – October 2018

06th November, 2018

Dear FICPI Family,

As we move into the last three months of the year, FICPI’s pace of activity has picked up after the summer, and there is much on which I could report.  However, this month I want to focus on one FICPI endeavour that deserves your special attention; the…

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FICPI President at AIPLA Annual Meeting 2018

05th November, 2018

FICPI President, Julian Crump (UK), attended the AIPLA’s Annual Meeting 2018 in Washington DC in furtherance of the two organisations’ on-going collaboration.  FICPI and AIPLA enjoy a long-standing, friendly relationship and invite each other to attend their regular meetings.  Members might be interested to know that in 2004, AIPLA presented…

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Report on TM5 Annual Meeting 2018 in Seoul

02nd November, 2018

On 1-2 November 2018, the Korean Intellectual Property Office hosted the seventh annual TM5 Annual Meeting in Seoul.  The TM5 is a gathering of the five largest trademark offices in the world (Korea, Japan, China, the European Union, and the United States), which collectively account for over 70% of the…

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SIPO Changes its English Name to CNIPA

15th October, 2018

On 28 August 2018, SIPO changed its English name to CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Association).  Its new domain name, www.cnipa.gov.cn, was launched on 30 August 2018. These changes reflect recent organisational reforms with respect to the national intellectual property administration, which were passed through NPC session in March…

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FICPI Turkey - Roundtable Meeting on Inventive Steps for Patents

13th October, 2018

FICPI-Turkey arranged its fourth roundtable meeting regarding the rules for determining the closest state of the art document in the light of the Problem-Solution Approach used for the inventive step examination of a claim, and the definition of the objective technical problem solved by the claim. The issue of inventive…

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Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

13th October, 2018

On 3-5 October 2018, EUIPO welcomed the seventh edition of an external audit on the quality of  its opposition decisions on European trademarks.

In accordance with its 2020 Strategic Plan, EUIPO established the goal of enhanced customer-driven quality services.  This is a user-oriented approach that focuses on the quality of…

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FICPI at GNIPA 2018

01st October, 2018

President Tony Rollins opened the meeting and noted the aim of the association:

“The aim is to reach out on key international issues directly to the grass roots – the attorneys themselves. National IP associations are active locally, but most play no role on the international stage, and most…

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