17 November 2015 // UPC // USPTO // EPO & SIPO // FICPI-SE Seminar // EPO & SEAD // ICANN
Unified Patent Court (UPC) announces its Rules of Procedure

On 27 October 2015 the UPC Preparatory Committee published on its website the Rules of Procedure of the of the Unified Patent Court. While most rules should be considered in their final version, some "adaptations" are still possible since the court fees have not been fixed yet.

FICPI contributed to the definition of the Rules of Procedure by submitting comments on the 15th draft to the Preparatory Committee and by attending a hearing in November 2014, when the 17th draft was discussed.

As remarked by the Committee, "Those interested in the Court's operation should familiarise themselves with the text", which comprises more than 300 rules.

The UPC is expected to open at the beginning of 2017.

Author: Antonio Pizzoli
FICPI: Study & Work Commission (CET) Group 4 Chair
Click here to download the Rules of Procedure
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announces pilot programme to allow amendments to the Identification of goods and services due to technology evolution

In September 2015, the USPTO launched a new pilot program that allows trademark holders to amend the identification of goods and services in their trademark registrations if evolving technology has changed the manner or medium in which the goods or services are provided.  

If the requirements of the program are met, a mark holder need not re-apply to register its mark (and lose the protection of the existing registration), but rather can simply request an amendment.  

Mark holders who have registrations due for renewal in 2015-2016 may therefore want to review their portfolios to determine whether they can and should take advantage of this program.

Author: Naresh Kilaru
FICPI: Communications Commission
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FICPI Sweden invites you to their afternoon seminar in Stockholm
"The IP Practitioner – Adding to Innovation?"
Wednesday 25 November 2015

 Invitation and Programme

FICPI President Doug Deeth & EPO President Benoit Battistelli

Following FICPI’s own meetings in Lyon, FICPI had an opportunity to meet with the EPO’s senior management prior to a celebration of 30 years of collaboration between the EPO and SIPO.  After the signing of a MoU providing EPO funding for FICPI’s SEAD courses, the FICPI delegation enjoyed a lunch hosted by EPO President, Benoît Battistelli.  Mr. Battistelli provided an overview of EPO activities since the previous meeting in Cape Town, focussing on the EPO’s activities in productivity and quality.  Following lunch, a more technical meeting was led by EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz, touching on such issues as Double Patenting, Patent Figures in Colour, and Patent Harmonisation.  FICPI President, Doug Deeth, was invited to speak at the EPO-SIPO seminar.  Pictures from the event may be downloaded below.

Author: Robert Watson
FICPI: Vice President - Study & Work Commission (CET)
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FICPI's 16th Open Forum will take place in St Petersburg, Russia from 5-8 October 2016.
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30 Years of EPO-SIPO Co-operation

As part of the celebration of 30 years of collaboration between EPO and SIPO an international symposium "Users' opportunities in the evolving global patent system" was held.  FICPI President Doug Deeth was one of the speakers.  The following post-event papers were distributed:
Event Report
The Presentations
EPO-SIPO Joint Publication
ICANN - GNSO IGO-INGO Access to Curative Rights Protection PDP Working Group

FICPI participated at the ICANN public meeting held in Dublin, Ireland from 17-22 October 2015.  ICANN is a not-for-profit partnership of people from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.  

FICPI is participating in meetings with the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN, as well as in working groups, etc., to make sure that trademark protection and other forms of Intellectual Property are secured on the Internet.  

FICPI’s representative Petter Rindforth is the co-chair of the special working group on creating a domain name dispute resolution system for Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).  His report from the meeting is available below.

Author: Petter Rindforth
FICPI: Co-Chair, CET Group 1 - Domain Names
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