AIPLA Participates in Industry Trilateral and Trilateral Patent Office Heads Meetings

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AIPLA Participates in Industry Trilateral and Trilateral Patent Office Heads Meetings

On February 27 and 28, 2018, AIPLA Leadership and AIPLA Harmonization Committee members represented AIPLA at meetings of the Industry Trilateral in Tokyo, Japan.  The delegation included Lisa Jorgenson, AIPLA Executive Director, Chen Wang, AIPLA Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, David Hill, Co-Chair of the AIPLA Harmonization Committee, and Committee members Alan Kasper, John Osha, Ray Farrell, and Sal Anastasi.  These meetings focused on continued discussions of the key issues being considered by the Industry Trilateral in an attempt reach consensus on a broad package of substantive legal matters, including grace period, prior user rights, conflicting applications, 18 month publication, and prior art.  The AIPLA delegation also had an opportunity to meet separately with the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of USPTO, Mr. Andrei Iancu, to provide him with a briefing on AIPLA activities and patent harmonization efforts.

On March 1, 2018, the delegation moved to Hakone, Japan, where the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) hosted the annual Trilateral Patent Office Heads meeting with the Industry Trilateral. The agenda included updates from the JPO, the European Patent Office (EPO), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and WIPO on statistics and recent trends in each office.  In addition, a presentation was provided by the Industry Trilateral on the current status of its harmonization discussions, and a report was given on a survey directed to examination practices in the JPO and EPO for computer-related inventions.  The final topic focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the use of Artificial Intelligence and other new technologies in the patent procurement process.

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