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Briefings by FICPI members on IP news from around the world

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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Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

13th October, 2018

On 3-5 October 2018, EUIPO welcomed the seventh edition of an external audit on the quality of  its opposition decisions on European trademarks. In accordance with its 2020 Strategic Plan, EUIPO established the goal of enhanced customer-driven quality services.  This is a user-oriented approach that focuses on the quality of…

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B+ Sub-Group Meeting

26th September, 2018

The Group B+ was established in 2005 by a number of industrialised countries and patent offices. Its objective is to promote and facilitate progress on key issues under consideration at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Currently, its primary focus is the international harmonisation of substantive patent law. The B+…

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Subject Matter Eligibility Update – Proposals to Modify 35 USC 101

11th September, 2018

Intellectual property associations in the US are advancing proposals to amend 35 U.S.C. 101 to address issues arising from recent Supreme Court cases relating to subject matter eligibility.  A sweeping proposal to reverse much of the America Invents Act (AIA) has also recently been introduced in Congress. Read more: Subject matter…

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