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May 2017 Global Meeting

Industry Trilateral, IP5 Industry, and IP5 Patent Office Heads Meetings


AIPLA participated in meetings from May 28-30, 2017 of the Industry Trilateral organization, the IP5 Industry organization, and the IP5 Patent Office Heads in Malta.
 
Mark Whitaker, AIPLA President, Lisa Jorgenson, AIPLA Executive Director, David Hill, Vice Chair of the AIPLA Harmonization Task Force, and Alan Kasper, John Osha, and DeAnn Smith, members of the Task Force, met with representatives of Business Europe (BE), the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), and the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) on May 28-29 to continue the work of the group on substantive patent harmonization. Discussions centered on the issues of Prior User Rights, Conflicting Applications, and Non-prejudicial Prior Art (Grace Period), which have been the major areas of focus for achieving progress in harmonization efforts, and preparations for the B+ Symposium on Patent Harmonization, scheduled for June 20 at the EPO in Munich.
 
Also on May 29, the Industry IP5 delegates, including the above-mentioned delegations as well as representatives from KINPA in South Korea and PPAC in China, met to discuss pending IP5 projects and to prepare for the IP5 Patent Office Heads meeting on the following day. That meeting took place on May 30 with the IP5 Patent Office heads, where delegates received updates from each of the Japan Patent Office, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, the Korea Intellectual Property Office, and the Chinese Intellectual Property Office on major activities of the past year. This was followed by reports from the offices on the status of various ongoing IP5 projects, strategic topics on work sharing, and other possible future initiatives. Further items on the agenda included feedback from the 4th IP5 Global Dossier Task Force meeting and the 1st IP5 Industry Consultation Group meeting, both of which took place in January, 2017.