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AIPLA Pushes Harmonization Forward at Key Meetings in Louisiana

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From left to right: David Hill, John Osha, Alan Kasper, Chen Wang, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, AIPLA President Myra McCormack, AIPLA Executive Director Lisa Jorgenson, Sal Anantasi, Tony Venturino, and Ben Haber. ​

From June 11-14, 2018, an AIPLA delegation attended meetings with the Industry Trilateral, Industry IP5, and IP5 Patent Office Heads in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

The delegation included Myra McCormack, AIPLA President, Lisa Jorgenson, AIPLA Executive Director, Chen Wang, AIPLA Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs, Tony Venturino and David Hill, Co-Chairs of the AIPLA Harmonization Committee, and Committee members Alan Kasper, John Osha, and Sal Anastasi.  

The Industry Trilateral meetings on June 11, 12, and 14, focused on continued discussions of the key issues being considered by the Industry Trilateral in an attempt to reach consensus on a broad package of substantive legal matters, including grace period, prior user rights, conflicting applications, 18 month publication, and prior art.  

On June 12, the delegation also met with other members of the IP5 Industry Organization, including the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO), the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), Business Europe (BE), the Korea Intellectual Property Association (KINPA) and PPAC, to discuss ongoing projects of the IP5 Patent Offices and to finalize preparations for a June 13 meeting with the IP5 Patent Office Heads.  

On June 13, the US Patent & Trademark Office, AIPLA and IPO hosted the annual meeting of the IP5 Industry Organization with the IP5 Patent Office Heads from the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the China Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). 

The agenda included updates from each of the JPO, EPO, USPTO, KIPO, SIPO, and WIPO on statistics and recent trends in each office.  In addition, an update was provided on the Global Dossier Task Force meeting held in January in Japan, and a discussion was held as a followup on the Industry Consultation Group meeting of February 1, 2018.  The USPTO, SIPO, and JPO lead a discussion on IP5 strategic topics, including “IP5 Project management,” “Thorough searches: access to data in the information age,” and “IP protection in the era of the fourth industrial revolution”. 

An update on the Patent Harmonization Expert Panel (PHEP) focused on results of a comprehensive review of all previous projects and a discussion of new topics for possible consideration by that group. Further open discussions included patent quality, and the future evolution of the IP5.

Although each step may be small in itself, added together, they will over time contribute to achieving a patent system that serves society in general while continuing in particular to support the cycle of innovation.