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16 November 2016 // FICPI Asian Tour & Seminars 2016
FICPI LogoFICPI Asia Seminars 2016
Mumbai, Delhi, Beijing, Seoul,
Osaka & Tokyo
24, 25, 28, 30 November & 2, 5 December

FICPI is pleased to announce the upcoming FICPI Asia Seminars for 2016, as follows:
  • 24 November 2016 – Mumbai, India
  • 25 November 2016 – New Delhi, India
  • 28 November 2016 – Beijing, China (hosted by ACPAA and FICPI-China)
  • 30 November 2016 – Seoul, Korea (hosted by KPAA and FICPI-Korea)
  • 2 December – Osaka, Japan (hosted by JPAA and FICPI-Japan)
  • 5 December – Tokyo, Japan (hosted by JPAA and FICPI-Japan)
Topics to be presented will include:

Drafting patents for infringement, amendment, clarity and inventive step at the EPO & USPTO: 
  • Doug Deeth (CA), President of FICPI
  • Julian Crump (GB), Vice President of FICPI
  • Michael Caine (AU), Chair, CET Group 3 (International Patents)
  • Robert Watson (GB) (Mumbai & Delhi only), CET Vice President
Patent, trademark and design infringements of tomorrow: 
  • Coleen Morrison (CA), CET President
Toxic divisionals at the EPO
  • Jurgen Schmidtchen (DE) (Osaka & Tokyo only), Deputy Secretary General of FICPI
Conflicts & Privilege
  • Doug Deeth (CA), President of FICPI
Doug Deeth, President of FICPI, and other leading FICPI officers will visit India, China, Korea and Japan later this month for meetings with the patent offices of those countries, and to communicate the views of FICPI on a range of current issues that are relevant to the independent IP profession.  As part of these visits, the FICPI delegates will be offering seminars, free of charge, to FICPI members in Mumbai, Delhi, Beijing, Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo.  Details of the times and locations of the seminars are given below.

Drafting patents for infringement, amendment, clarity and inventive step at the EPO & USPTO
“The specification and claims of a patent constitute one of the most difficult legal instruments to draw with accuracy” Topliff v. Topliff (1892)

Drafting an effective patent application involves much more than simply documenting details of the invention and claiming a collection of features that the examiner might regard as new and inventive: The specification must be carefully drafted to ensure it retains entitlement to any priority claimed, contains acceptable fall-back positions in case new prior art emerges, and the interplay between the claims and the applicable law of infringement has to be taken into account to ensure that the patent protects not only what is new and inventive, but also what is commercially profitable.  The FICPI delegation will address all these points from a European and North American perspectives.

Toxic divisionals at the EPO
In recent years the theory has developed in Europe that since a divisional application and its parent application are co-pending applications, one may be used as prior art against the other if their claims have different priority dates.  The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal is considering this matter in the case G1/15 and is expected to make a ruling soon, which will affect the way practitioners draft applications, claim priority and pursue divisional strategies.  European practitioners will discuss this important topic and outline the holdings of the Enlarged Board.

Patent, trademark and design infringements of tomorrow
“Infringements of tomorrow” deals with use of trademarks and industrial designs in the on-line virtual world of social media and gaming and also covers issues surrounding three-dimensional printing as these relate to all forms of IP.
Indian FlagIndian Roundtable Meetings
Mumbai - 24 November 2016

New Delhi - 25 November 2016
Please contact FICPI-India for further information.
Chinese FlagChinese Seminar
Beijing - 28 November 2016
Time: 14:00-17:00
Location: Xijiao Hotel 西郊宾馆
Please contact FICPI-China for further information.
Korean FlagKorean Seminar
Seoul - 30 November 2016
Time: 14:30-16:30
Location: KPAA Headquarters, Seoul
Please contact FICPI-Korea for further information.
Japanese FlagJapanese Seminars
Osaka - 2 December 2016

Time: 14:00-17:00
Location: Kinki Branch of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Osaka

Tokyo - 5 December 2016
Time: 14:00-17:00
Location: Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Tokyo

Please contact FICPI-Japan for further information.
Upcoming Events:

FICPI Sweden - Seminar and Annual Meeting 
24 November 2016, Stockholm, Sweden

FICPI-UK Open Seminar on Business Practice
28 November 2016, London, United Kingdom

FICPI 17th Open Forum
25-28 October 2017, Venice, Italy
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