Notes + News

On October 29, 2018, AIPLA  hosted Danish Patent and Trademark Office leaders Mr. Sune Stampe Sorensen, Director General and Ms. Ann Rejnhold Jorgensen, Director, Policy and Legal Affairs.  AIPLA representatives at the meeting were lead by Executive Director Lisa Jorgenson and Deputy Executive Director Chen Wang.  AIPLA committees represented were: IP Practice in Europe Committee (Co-Chairs Kathleen Lemieux and Ray Farrell and immediate past Co-chair Enrica Bruno) and the Patent Harmonization Committee (Co-chair Anthony Venturino and committee member Alan Kasper).
After brief presentations of each organization’s makeup and focus, the group discussed the status of patent harmonization efforts and European practice in general. Alan Kasper and Tony Venturino gave their perspectives on the status of patent harmonization efforts at the Industry Trilateral. Director General Sorensen indicated the general alignment of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office with the Industry Trilateral’s approach on harmonization discussions, especially the commitment to “best practices” and its support for a system that considers the interests of SMEs, sole inventors, and larger industry members alike. Director General Sorensen expressed a clear desire to achieve a common position on patent harmonization issues. 
The group also discussed European Practice in general.  In response to an inquiry by Enrica Bruno regarding the recent changes at the EPO, Director General Sorensen expressed the Danish Patent and Trademark Office’s encouragement by the initiatives of new EPO President Campinos. He specifically mentioned the digital transformation of the EPO’s aging IT system, improving the social climate within the EPO, and the efforts to reduce backlog at examination and opposition levels. The EPO as a searching authority, the possible future enactment of the user driven early certainty by the EPO, the amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal and their possible impact on speed and quality of the EPO examination, were also briefly discussed.