AIPPI Members have already received the January Newsletter by email. The public version is now online and in addition to the usual AIPPI news round-up, a series of articles and case notes submitted by members around the world are available to read. AIPPI National and Regional Groups have submitted their own news of interest.
At the 2021 AIPPI World Congress Online, the following four Resolutions to harmonize intellectual property (IP) laws were approved by the AIPPI Executive Committee:
Inventiveness and sufficiency of disclosure in Artificial Intelligence (AI) inventions. Link
Trade Marks Registrability of trade marks against public order or morality. Link
Designs Industrial designs and the role of prior art. Link
General Reasonable awareness in compensation for infringement of IP rights. Link
You can read the full text of each Resolution by clicking on the respective link or download the complete document here.
Speaking about the Resolutions, AIPPI’s Reporter General Anne Marie Verschuur said, “AIPPI’s 2021 Resolutions illustrate both the wide range of IP covered by the Association’s work and the attention for current topics, of which AI is a prime example”.
AIPPI’s global commitment to harmonization of intellectual property laws is reflected in the fact that every Resolution is translated from English into the association’s working languages of French (Brevet / Marque / Dessins / Générale), German (Patent / Marken / Designs / Allgemein) and Spanish (Patente / Marcas / Diseños / General). Translations of all AIPPI Resolutions, as well as thousands of other IP-related documents, can be accessed for free in the online AIPPI library.
“Translations are important because they enhance the reach of our Resolutions,” said Anne Marie Verschuur.
2022 Study Questions
Looking ahead, the 2022 Study Questions are:
Patentability of diagnostic methods
Trademarks and the internet and social media
Protection of trade secrets during civil proceedings
These Study Questions will form the basis for the Resolutions to be adopted at the 2022 AIPPI World Congress.
AIPPI – 125th Anniversary Celebration Conference and Dinner
AIPPI 125 years of balancing Intellectual property
Did you know that AIPPI was founded in Brussels almost 125 years ago?
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, AIPPI Belgium & AIPPI International are pleased to invite you to a one-day event combining a hybrid conference and a celebration evening in prestigious locations in the heart of Brussels, the SQUARE and the VAUDEVILLE.
The theme of this celebratory day will be IP and Common Welfare with a special focus on Health and Environment.
The morning event will be devoted to introductory sessions about Intellectual Property, intended also for non-IP specialists to be familiarized with key IP concepts. Sessions will include an overview of the conditions, scope of protection and exceptions under IP laws as well as the international aspects (including TRIPs agreement). Common Welfare issues in the IP systems will be at stake in two parallel sessions (one on patents and trade secrets; one on copyright and trademarks).
The afternoon event will consist of two plenary sessions devoted to “Dialogues about IP and Common Welfare”, and in particular about Health and Environment. Each afternoon main session will start with two short introductory presentations, the first setting out the “IP perspective”, explaining how IP is meant to balance private interests and public health or environment needs, and the second from the “other perspective”, i.e. the “health angle” or the “environmental angle”, explaining the questions, objections, suggestions for improvements, etc. regarding IP in this perspective. A debate will then follow among a panel formed by the two speakers and other knowledgeable people in the fields, with an active participation of the attendees (questions, objections, proposals, etc.).
The celebration evening will be held in the Vaudeville theatre, with a reception, a dinner and a concert by the band “The Belgians”.
Who should attend? AIPPI members, IP practitioners, political circles and institutions, media, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and any interested party.