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 FICPI with a President’s Medal as a symbol of the close relationship between the two organisations. The FICPI President’s Medal is transferred from each FICPI President to his or her successor at the FICPI World Congress every three years.
Growth of FICPI membership in the United States is a particular goal of FICPI’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, and while in Washington, Julian took the opportunity to hold brief discussions with Mark Dickson, Chair of the ABA’s IP Law Section. ABA-IPL will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2019 and Julian indicated that he would plan on attending the associated celebrations on behalf of FICPI. In the meantime, Julian and Dickson would continue to discuss ways in which the two organisations could help each other more. Similarly, Julian discussed with Stephan Freischem, Secretary General of GRUR, how FICPI and GRUR might learn more about each other and strengthen their relationship. Of course, GRUR is one of Germany’s leading IP organisations, where FICPI has many members.
Sheldon Klein was installed as AIPLA’s new President for 2019-20. Julian extended congratulations on behalf of FICPI and its members to Sheldon and hoped that he would find time to attend FICPI’s next ExCo meeting in Turin on 31 March to 4 April 2019 as well as a joint colloquium that FICPI is co-organising with AIPPI and AIPLA on the patentability of AI inventions. Further information about the colloquium will be published in due course.
Also present at the meeting were representative from the USPTO, including Director Iancu and Commissioner for Patents Hirshfeld, WIPO and numerous other IP organisations.