FICPI, The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys


Updates from the FICPI Community


01st May, 2019

FICPI was present again at The Stakeholder Quality Assurance Panels project (SQAP) launched as part of the EUIPO’s Strategic Plan 2020. It aims to close the gap between the users’ perception of the quality of the Office’s decisions and the Office’s quality measurements. SQAP involves panels of users, representing user…

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CET Group 6 - An Update

30th April, 2019

CET Group 6 is the “reborn” work and study group dedicated to software, high-tech, and computer related issues.  To begin the 2018-2021 term, Group 6 has prepared two questionnaires to kick start some important work in this exciting and fast-moving technical area.  The first questionnaire was sent in October 2018…

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FICPI Resolutions 2019

29th April, 2019

The FICPI Executive Committee met in Turin, Italy from 31 March to 4 April 2019 and passed seven important and highly topical resolutions covering the assessment of unity of invention, consultation with stakeholders prior to publishing or updating patent office guidelines, back up for online filing systems, priority assessment for…

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FICPI resolution on IP Office guidelines – background and work behind it!

29th April, 2019

Following a detailed discussion held in a workshop during the ExCo meeting in Zurich in 2016, it was apparent that the examination guidelines/manuals issued by various national IP Offices had quite divergent scope and implication. In fact, it was ascertained during such discussion that some IP Offices did not issue…

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The IP Profession Practitioner - Adding Value to Innovation

23rd April, 2019

Basel – 23 April 2019: FICPI, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, has announced the publication of a new detailed report on whether the IP profession adds value to the innovation process and how that value can be assessed, both objectively and subjectively.   Innovation is widely recognised as…

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APEC IPEG Roundtable on Patent Grace Period

01st April, 2019

FICPI, represented by its Vice-President Ivan Ahlert, was invited to speak in two panels: “Overview of International Substantive Patent Law Discussions” and “Panel Discussion: How Patent Grace Period Works from the Perspective of Inventors, SMEs, Patent Counsel”.  The first panel was chaired by Elaine Wu (USPTO Office of Policy and…

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