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- Directory of Intellectual Property Offices
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Consultation on the substantive patent law harmonisation from 4 April to 20 May 2022
Substantive patent law is being harmonised to simplify and accelerate procedures at the international level, to reduce the costs of obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, and to provide certainty about the duration and costs of procedures in offices worldwide. The intellectual property offices in 45 industrialised countries and the European Patent Organisation have been working on this topic within Group B+ since 2014.
The IPI and 16 other member countries of the European Patent Convention are involved in a concurrent consultation about the various documents drawn up by the Industry Trilateral (IT3), the FICPI and the AIPPI about potentially harmonising substantive patent law. The documents being examined in the consultation process are the Elements Paper (pdf) from the IT3, the Position Paper (pdf) from the FICPI and various AIPPI resolutions (see Documents & links below).
To make this subject easier to understand, the consultation document (pdf) contains a brief history of work in this area, a presentation of the topics that are the focal points of the efforts to harmonise substantive patent law, and information about the associations that produced the various documents. It also contains a synoptic table that makes it possible to compare the various proposals point by point.
The topics of the consultation are a harmonised grace period and its link to prior user rights, as well as various proposals with respect to the publication of patent applications, to potentially conflicting patent applications and to the state of the art.
The IPI is carrying out this consultation to find out the opinions of Swiss people who use the international patent system, especially lawyers and patent attorneys, the heads of IP divisions and legal departments, and the CEOs of companies that frequently utilise the international patent system. We are also asking technology transfer offices at universities and other higher education institutions to share their views on the different proposals. Feedback from external intellectual property attorneys would be valuable too.
The consultation period in Switzerland will start on 4 April 2022 and end on 20 May 2022. The common consultation document is available here (pdf). Please send your replies by e-mail in a Word or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 May 2022.
The IPI has organised an information session with representatives of Swiss industry on 4 April, the opening day of the consultation. The IPI presentation and the presentations on the Elements Paper and the FICPI position paper are available below.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr Anaïc Cordoba, +41 31 377 72 54, anaic.cordoba. @ipi .ch
Documents & links
24.05.2023 | Media release, Copyright
Online service providers are to remunerate use of journalistic works
26.04.2023 | Media release, Law and policy
Greater efficiency in the fight against counterfeiting
19.01.2023 | Law and policy, Event
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"