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30 March 2016 // TTIP // OHIM Users Meeting // EuroSEAD 2016 // SEAD 2016 // Russian Visa Process // ABC Meeting

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The Trade and Investment Transatlantic Partnership (TTIP) Agreement is designed to cover issues relating to intellectual property rights and further harmonize these issues on both sides of the Atlantic. The agreement is therefore of high relevance to the IP community although the TTIP project itself has not advanced as rapidly as anticipated. 

On February 26, 2016, the European Commission published a table listing documents related to the ongoing negotiations. The table includes all documentation prepared by the Commission and shared with the European Parliament and the Council since the start of the negotiations. You can download the list here.

According to these documents, the goal of the TTIP is to foster the exchange of goods and services with IP content, putting emphasis on supporting innovation. Intellectual property rights will be highly valued by both parties of the agreement. A focus for the EU is providing enhanced protection and recognition of EU Geographical Indications in a manner that complements and builds on TRIPS. Each Party shall also respect TRIPS in view of customs enforcement matters. Provisions on criminal sanctions will not be included in the agreement. Further information relating to the project can be found here

FICPI will continue to monitor the project.

Kim Finnilä, Chair - CET Group 7
Ralph Hahner, member CET Group 7
OHIM Users Meeting
Elia Sugrañes, CET Special Reporter, attended “Ohim users group meeting” on 11 March 2016. The most important Users associations were present in an open and interactive meeting in which many hot topics were tackled.

The President welcomed the attendees underlining the Brand adopted two days prior to the meeting, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), focusing on the presentation of the new Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 in which consistency and predictability will be the main goals to increase the quality of the system. They will basically focus on IP tools and the USERS, in order to make the system more efficient.

Users raised many topics including the implementation of the new Amending Regulation on 23 March 2016 and the amendment of the Trade Mark Guidelines, which is to take place at the time the new Regulation enters into force.  

Participation of Users was another concern addressed and noted by OHIM.
Register now for EuroSEAD 2016 - Last few seats remaining!
We are pleased to inform you that there are a few spaces remaining in this year's course.

FICPI's unique and time proven training courses emphasise the preparation of patent specifications and claims from an international perspective, with input from tutors from Europe, Australia, the US and Japan (see below for more details).  EuroSEAD has been presented successfully every year since 1999. 

This year's EuroSEAD course will be of particular benefit to those who have recently entered the profession, as well as to those who wish to improve their drafting skills in preparation for national and European examinations.

EuroSEAD 2016 will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 30 May to 3 June and 29 August to 2 September 2016.

Please click here to download the course brochure and registration form.

FICPI 16th Open Forum - Russian Visa Application


Russian Visa Free Regime

The majority of non-Russian citizens wishing to enter the Russian Federation must bear a valid Russian visa, although there are some exceptions, e.g. citizens of countries which have signed a bilateral visa-free regime agreement with the Russian Federation.  

Please click here to view the list of countries who do not require a visa to enter the Russian Federation.  If your country is not listed, please read the information below.

Russian Federation Visa Application 

A tourist visa, providing a single entry/exit visa valid for the specified duration of your stay in Russia, maximum 30 days, is the easiest and cheapest type of visa to obtain, and we strongly suggest to apply for this. However, if you plan to stay longer in Russia, or will need to enter Russia more than once during your trip, you will require a business visa.  For your information, cruise and ferry passengers may remain on the territory of St. Petersburg up to 72 hours without a visa if such passengers arrive in the city as part of a tourist group aboard a ship.

In order to obtain your tourist visa, you will need to take the following actions:
  1. Make your registration & hotel reservation for the FICPI 16th Open Forum (we will provide you with the visa documents for the period of your stay in St. Petersburg)
  2. Make sure your passport is valid for the dates you are planning to travel: most consular departments will require that it is valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Russia.
  3. The hotels pre-booked for FICPI will act as “visa sponsors” and within a few days of making your registration will supply to you – through our Conference organizers ENIC meetings & events - the visa support documents (hotel voucher and confirmation in Russian), as required by Russian consular departments to process your tourist visa application. These documents can be presented to most Russian consular departments as faxed copies. Please check with your nearest consular department or visa centre to ensure whether a copy would be acceptable or whether originals will be required.
  4. Most Russian consular departments will require you to obtain health insurance valid in Russia, covering the dates of your proposed trip. Travel Agencies or even Russian consular departments can normally provide this. Your visa application must also be accompanied by a recent photo.
  5. In order to obtain the visa you will also need to submit, along with your passport, visa support documents, health insurance and photo, a completed Visa Application Form (available online here); these documents should be submitted to the nearest Russian consular department or visa centre. 
When entering the Russian Federation, a migration card (in English and Russian) will be given to you. If you arrive at St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport (or another major Russian airport), the migration card will be printed automatically and handed to you at passport control and you must keep it with your visa and your passport until your departure from Russia.

On arrival in the Russian Federation, the foreign citizen must register according to his/her address of temporary stay. The conference hotels will carry out this registration procedure for you upon your check-in (a small registration fee amounting to approximately € 4 to € 5 per stay will be applied for this). 

Please note that in case of cancellation of your reservation, the hotel which will have provided you with the visa documents will charge you with a visa cancellation fee, which will be respectively: € 60 for the Corinthia Hotel and € 40 for the Radisson Hotel.
FICPI American British Canadian (ABC) Conference
This year FICPI-UK will be hosting the FICPI American-British-Canadian (ABC) conference, which will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales, from 19-23 June 2016.
The FICPI ABC conference is not limited to FICPI members from the US, UK and Canada, but is open to all FICPI members and, of course, delegate guests.
The sessions of the Working Programme will take place from 9am until 12.30pm on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. FICPI-UK are delighted to confirm that one of the guest speakers will be The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, who will update everyone with the latest developments about The Unified Patent Court. Topics in other sessions will include: What is considered Prior Art in the ABC countries – a comparative view; Enforcement and Litigation in the US and Canada; Design session with a focus on Hague; Trademarks session with a focus on Madrid and recent EU changes; Electronic Patent Offices; Latest updates from the US, UK and Canada.
The conference schedule is also designed to permit group outings in the afternoons and evenings for member networking while taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of South Wales.
More information and Online Registration for the FICPI ABC meeting can be found at
Simon Rees
President, FICPI-UK
SEAD Patent Drafting - Course Dates for 2016/2017 Announced
FICPI's Academy of Education is pleased to announce that this year's SEAD Patent Drafting Course will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 to 21 October 2016 and 27 to 31 March 2017.  The Course brochure and registration details will be circulated soon.
Upcoming Events: 
FICPI 16th Open Forum, St Petersburg, Russia
5-8 October 2016. Click here to register.
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