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 are not aware of issues that arise in one country that may become a problem elsewhere and coordination is a best practice. The pillars of the network are to provide education, communication, collaboration among national associations – BUT – not to be an advocate on issues due to possible political conflicts. That would be left to the individual associations and the big international organizations.”
Past President Alan Kasper initiated the substantive program by giving a comprehensive overview on ongoing IP Harmonization Activities focusing on the Group B+ and the B+ Sub-Group. This has already been covered in the FICPI report on the B+ Sub-Group meeting held on 26 September 2018. The FICPI and AIPPI resolutions on conflicting applications (very similar) were also discussed at this point.
The attendees were then given the possibility to learn about the latest practices on patentable subject matter in Japan, Korea, Europe and US.
Some notable country updates were that Argentina is considering the Madrid Protocol (so far only Colombia, Cuba and Mexico have joined), but PCT seems to have priority. Brazil might join Madrid Protocol in 2019/2020.
The meeting was concluded by an USPTO update on patent eligibility issues and global harmonization work by Maria Holtmann commented on by Myra Mc Cormack (President, AIPLA). FICPI passed a resolution on patent eligibility in June 2018.
The next meeting, the 11th Summit, will be held on 19 September 2019 in London, in connection with the AIPPI World Congress, 15-18 September 2019.