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AIPLA-FICPI Colloquium on Pendency Reduction

Rome, Italy

18 & 19 November 2001


  • Transcript from proceedings on Nov. 18  x

  • Transcript from proceedings on Nov. 19  x


    Sunday, 18 November 2001

    The Problems

    9:00 a.m.  


    • Roger W. Parkhurst, President, American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Moderator - Malcolm Royal, President, FICPI

    Examination Backlogs and the Special Problems Created by the PCT

    In Europe
    • Dr. Ingo Kober, President, EPO (103K - PowerPoint )  and  (31K* - PDF )
    In Japan
    • Mr. Shinjiro Ono, Director-General of Appeals Dept, JPO (205K- PowerPoint)
    In the USA
    • Mr. Nicholas P. Godici, Acting Director, USPTO (130K - PowerPoint)
    In Australia 
    • Dr. Vivienne Thom, Commissioner of Patents, IP Australia (408K - PowerPoint)
    Panel discussion

    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

    Problems Created by Backlogs and the Impact on Domestic Protection

    In the USA 
    • Mr. Charles Van Horn, AIPLA (PowerPoint presentation and  PDF*)
    In Europe
    • Walter Holzer, EPI
    Panel discussion

    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    Problems created by Backlogs and the Impact on Worldwide Protection  

    • Mr. Ronald E Myrick, President-Elect, AIPLA (48K - PowerPoint)

    Problems for the Private Practitioner 

    • Mr. Jan Modin, FICPI (58K*-PDF)

    The Interests of Third Parties

    • Mr. Charles P. Baker
    Panel Discussion

    4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

    Panel: Possible Unilateral and Trilateral Action

    From the European perspective
    • Mr. Jacques Michel, Vice-President of DG1, EPO
    From the US perspective
    • Mr. Robert Stoll, USPTO (PowerPoint Presentation and PDF* Outline)
    From the Japanese perspective
    • Mr. Shinjiro Ono, Director-General of Appeals Dept, JPO (155K - PowerPoint)
    Panel Discussion


    Monday, 19 November

    9:00 - 10:30 a.m.  

    Possible Solutions

    • Moderator - Mr Roger W. Parkhurst, President, AIPLA

    Potential for Reform of the PCT

    Outcomes of the Working Group on Reform of the PCT, 12-16 November 2001
    • Mr. Philip Thomas, Director, WIPO (137K - PowerPoint)
    The range of options 
    • Mr. Michael Kirk, AIPLA (255K - PowerPoint)
    The range of options
    • Mr. John R S Orange, FICPI
    Panel discussion

    11:00 a.m. -12:50 p.m. 

    The response of other ISA/IPEAs

    • Mr Dave Herald, Deputy Commissioner of Patents, IP Australia
    • Mr Lars Björklund, Deputy Director General, Swedish Patent Office (50K - PowerPoint)

    The response of non-ISA/IPEAs

    • Mr David Tobin, CIPO
    • Mr Ron Marchant, Director of Patents, British Patent Office (163K - PowerPoint)

    U.S. View

    • The Honorable Howard Coble, Chair of Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property of the House Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives (72K* - PDF)
    Panel discussion

    12:50 - 13:00 p.m.

    Closing - Mr Malcolm Royal, President, FICPI