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FICPI, The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys

IP News

Briefings by FICPI members on IP news from around the world

Malaysia: Federal Court breathes life back into Dependent Claims

31st January, 2020

In a landmark case, Merck Sharp & Dohme & Anor v Hovid Berhad, Malaysia’s Apex Court has reversed its prior 2015 ruling in SKB Shutters on the treatment of dependent patent claims. Patent owners will now be allowed to pursue the amendment of claims of a patent which is found…

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FICPI Briefing Note: Brexit and IP

29th January, 2020

FICPI is grateful to Dr Tom Turner and Simon Bentley of Abel + Imray for preparing this Briefing Note The UK will leave the European Union (EU) in 2 days’ time on 31 January 2020.  However, the position for IP will remain unchanged until the end of a “Transition Period”…

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New patent system for Hong Kong

20th December, 2019

Changes to the patent system in Hong Kong from 19th December 2019 see the introduction of an original grant patent system for standard patents which will provide an alternative route for patent registration in Hong Kong, which is an important jurisdiction for innovative business seeking to control the export of…

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EPO, G 1/18: To be, or not to be, inadmissible on appeal

20th December, 2019

In its opinion G 1/18 issued in July 2019, the Enlarged Board of Appeal, which is the highest judicial authority under the European Patent Convention (EPC) had to decide on the distinction between an appeal deemed not to have been filed and an inadmissible appeal, and on the (financial) consequences…

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India’s Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme speeds ahead

20th December, 2019

A bilateral agreement between the Indian Patent Office and the Japan Patent Office is now live. The pilot programme allows Indian companies to receive faster examination of their applications in Japan and vice versa. The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme could extend to further countries in time.   Call it…

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WIPO renews mandate for IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and folklore

17th December, 2019

The WIPO General Assembly has renewed the mandate for the Intergovernmental Commission on genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions for the 2020/2021 biennium. The mandate was renewed at WIPO’s Fifty-First (24th Ordinary) Session from September 30 to October 9, 2019 which I attended as FICPI’s representative. There will…

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