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Briefings by FICPI members on IP news from around the world

China is Amending the Patent Law

15th February, 2019

China’s top legislature, Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC), had a first reading on the Draft Amendment of the China Patent Law at the end of December 2018. This amendment would be the fourth amendment of the China Patent Law since it came into force in April 1985.…

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US Supreme Court Affirms in Helsinn v. Teva On-Sale Bar Case

05th February, 2019

On 22 January 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion, authored by Justice Thomas, in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., No. 17-1229, 586 U.S. __, slip op. (Jan. 22, 2019), affirming the decision by the Court of Appeals of the Federal…

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Supreme People’s Court of China Will Take Over Second Instance of all Highly-Technology-Related IPR

21st January, 2019

From 1 January 2019, new rules of jurisdiction of technology-related intellectual property rights (“IPR”) litigation cases will be applied according to the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China's on Several Issues Concerning Litigation Procedures of Patent and Other Intellectual Property Cases (hereinafter referred to…

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Spain approves reform on trade mark law

21st January, 2019

On 21 December 2018, the Spanish Government approved Royal Decree 23/2018, by which the Spanish Trade Mark Law was amended to incorporate the changes included in the EU Harmonization Directive 2015/2436. The main amendments incorporated in the new law include: 1. Any individual or legal person, no matter its nationality,…

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USPTO issues 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

08th January, 2019

On January 7, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its “2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance” (“Guidance”) in an effort to provide more consistency and predictability in the analysis of whether subject matter is patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. 84 Fed. Reg. 50. The…

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17th December, 2018

The Japanese Patent Office signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in July 2015. After two successful review meetings, it was agreed in principle on 22 August 2018 to start a bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on a pilot basis in…

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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,, 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 2018.…

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