International Advocacy

AIPLA works closely with international organizations and governments to advocate for our members' interests.

AIPLA has served both the national and international IP communities for well over a century with education, advocacy, and practice development programs and events.  We recognize the important role attorneys and agents play in the protection of international intellectual property rights.

In 2002, AIPLA and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Intellectual Property.  During the following year, AIPLA, along with Business Europe (BE), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO),and Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) becames members of the Industry Trilateral. the industry counterpart to the Trilateral Offices. Thereafter, the Industry Trilateral was joined by Korean Intellectual Property Association (KINPA) and Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC) to form the Industry IP5, the industry counterpart to the five IP Offices (IP5).

In addition to engaging in Industry/Foreign Office Cooperation, AIPLA reached out to National IP Practitioner Associations from around the globe to come together in a summit to discuss common issues and challenges and share the views and visions of colleagues around the world (for more information see The Global Network​).​

We advocate on behalf of our members and make our views known to various international bodies and governments.


Explore some of AIPLA's international advocacy efforts by clicking on the tabs below:

World Intellectual Property Organization

AIPLA Statement at WIPO General Assembly, 50th Session, September 25, 2018 (PDF)

AIPLA Statement at WIPO 36th Session of the IGC, June 27, 2018 (PDF)

AIPLA Statement at WIPO General Assembly, October 3, 2017 (PDF)

AIPLA Response to Request for Comments on WIPO Industrial Design, June 10, 2016 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments on Proposed Modifications to Receiving Office Guidelines - C.PCT 1372, March 31, 2013 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments on Proposals for Further Improvement of the PCT System, "PCT 20/20," March 1, 2013 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments to the USPTO on the US/UK Proposal to WIPO on "PCT 20/20," August 17, 2012 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments on "Development of a request for indication for licensing purposes in PCT applications" (WIPO Circular C. PCT 1305), June 14, 2011 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments to WIPO on Circular C. PCT 1288 Concerning the Development of a PCT Third Party Observation System, March 29, 2011 (PDF)

Letter supporting the proposal by the United States of America and Japan to reduce the International Filing Fee and the Handling Fee under the Patent Cooperation Treaty by 15%, submitted September 6, 2007 (PDF)

AIPLA Comments on Search Strategy Recordation and Reporting of Statistical Information, filed January 2, 2006, with Mr. Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (PDF)

AIPLA Comments on Supplementary International Searches, filed January 2, 2006 with Mr. Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (PDF)

Resolution: Harmonization of Patent Systems, May 2005 (PDF)

In 2002, AIPLA signed an MOU with WIPO.  Click hereto view the text of MOU.​

National Governments

Australia

  • AIPLA Letter to Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee regarding Inquiry Into The Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) Bill 2010 of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, March 15, 2011 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on ACIP Issues Paper, July 2002 (PDF)

Canada

  • AIPLA Comments to Health Canada on Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations, February 14, 2018 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Competition B​ureau of Canada on Updated Draft Version of Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines, August 20, 2015 (PDF)​

China

  • AIPLA Comments on the Revision of the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, July 30, 2018 (English Version; Translated Version)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Draft Regulations of Supreme People’s Court on Certain Issues in Hearing Administrative Cases of Patent Granting & Confirmation, June 29, 2018 (English Version;Translated Version)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Draft Revised Special Approval Procedure for Innovative Medical Devices, June 14, 2018​ (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Guidelines for Anti-Monopoly Enforcement against Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights, April 19, 2017 (PDF​)
  • AIPLA Comment Letter on China Anti-Unfair Competition Law, March 23, 2017​ (PDF​)
  • AIPLA Comments to SIPO on Draft Amendments to Guidelines for Patent Examination​, Nov 25, 2016​ (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on AUCL of PRC, March 24, 2016 (PDF​)​
  • AIPLA Comments on SAIC Guidelines on Abuse of IPR, February 22, 2016 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on State Council Anti-Monopoly Commission’s Anti-Monopoly Guidelines on Abuse of Intellectual Property Rights, February 9, 2016 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, People's Republic of China, on the Fourth Amendment to the Chinese Patent Law, January 1, 2016 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China, on the Questionnaire on IP Misuse Antitrust Guidelines, October 14, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Antimonopoly and Anti-unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau, State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), People's Republic of China, on "Rules of the Administration for Industry and Commerce on Prohibition of Abusing Intellectual Property Rights to Eliminate or Restrict Competition," July 10, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, People's Republic of China, on People's Republic of China Copyright Law (Revision), July 4, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), People's Republic of China, on SAIC's Trademark Review and Adjudication Rules, March 10, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to SIPO on Proposed Amendments to Examination Guidelines Regarding Utility Model/Design Patent Applications, March 17, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to SAC on Regulatory Measures on National Standards Involving Patents, (PDF) with English Translation (PDF), January 19, 2013
  • AIPLA Comments to SIPO on Proposed Service-Related Invention Regulations, December 3, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to SIPO on Draft Amendments to People's Republic of China Patent Law, September 9, 2012 (PDF​)
  • AIPLA Comments on 2011 Revision Draft to the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, October 14, 2011 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on National Standards Formulation and Revision Plan of Standardization Administration of China, the Disposal Rules for the Inclusion of Patents in National Standards, submitted March 1, 2010 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on China Patent Law Implementing Regulations, submitted April 20, 2009 (PDF)

Great Britain
British Standards Institution:

  • AIPLA Comments on the Draft BSI PAS 98 Standards Consortia – Part I and Part II, July 20, 2010 (PDF)​​

India

  • AIPLA Comments on Consultation Paper on Promoting Local Telecom Equipment Manufacturing, October 27, 2017 (PDF)​
  • AIPLA Comments on India DIPP, April 22, 2016 (PDF​​)
  • AIPLA Comments on draft amendments to the Patents Rules, December 10, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on "Draft Guidelines for Search and Examination of Patent Applications," May 15, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on "Draft National IP Right Strategy of India," November 9, 2012 (PDF)

Japan

  • AIPLA Comments to the Japan Patent OFfice on Issues in Reviewing the Design Registration System, September 20, 2018 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Japan Patent Office Guide on Licensing Negotiations Involving Standard Essential Patents, April 9, 2018 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Japan Patent Office on New Hantei Service Regarding Standard Essential Patent Advisory, March 9, 2018 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Japan Patent Office on Recommendations for the Continued Improvement of the Japan Design System, January 24, 2018 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Guidelines on Licensing Negotiations Involving SEPs, November 9, 2017 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to Japan Fair Trade Commission on Partial Amendment of "Guidelines for the Use of Intellectual Property Under the Antimonopoly Act" (Draft), August 6, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan on FRAND Defense, March 20, 2014 (via Apple PDF) (via Samsung PDF)​
  • AIPLA Comments to JPO on Draft White Paper of Trademark Act, with Japanese Summary, January 15, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Final Comments on the Draft Policy Recommendations and Report Formulated by the Japan Patent Office’s Policy Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property, submitted July 11, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Preliminary Comments on the Draft Policy Recommendations and Report Formulated by the Japan Patent Office’s Policy Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property, submitted June 26, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA comments on the analysis entitled ‘Towards a Global Harmonization, High Transparency/Predictability, Promoting Innovation - Sophisticating the Pro-Patent Policy Responsive to Changes’ prepared by JPO’s Policy Committee on Innovation and Intellectual Property, submitted February 25, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA in response to your letter of April 3, 2007 requesting information on fees for patent attorneys and on “diversified offices," submitted April 6, 2007 (PDF)

Korea

  • AIPLA Comments to the Korea Fair Trade Commission on Amendments to its IP Guidelines, January 12, 2016 (PDF)

Singapore

  • AIPLA Comments in Response to "Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Singapore's
    Registered Designs Regime," December 30, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments in Response to "Request for Comments on US Design Protection," May 13, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments in Response to "Request for Comments on Guidelines on the Registration of Graphical User Interface (GUIs) Under the Registered Designs Act," November 19, 2014 (PDF)

Thailand

  • AIPLA Comments on Thailand Patent Amendments​, March 30, 2016 (PDF​)
European Commission
  • AIPLA Letter to European Commission in Response to Questionnaire on Patents and Standards, February 13, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the draft guidelines regarding competition issues for horizontal co-operation agreements, June 24, 2010 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to the EC Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry Preliminary Report, January 29, 2009 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the EC Questionnaire on "The Patent System in Europe", March 28, 2006 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Draft Commission Regulation and Guidelines on the Application of Article 81 of the Treaty establishing the European Community to Technology Transfer Agreements. (PDF)
ICANN
  • Examination Guide:  Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs for Domain Name Registration or Registry Services," September 6, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on "Closed Generic" gTLD Applications, March 7, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Trademark Clearinghouse "Strawman Solution" and Limited Preventative Registration Proposal, January 15, 2013 (PDF)
  • Joint Letter to NTIA and USPTO from U.S. Brand Owners Regarding Second-Level Rights Protection Mechanisms in ICANN's New gTLD Program, August 29, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the New gTLD Program and on the Need for “Defensive” Applications at the Top Level to Ensure Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, February 27, 2012 (PDF)
  • Joint Comments of AIPLA, COA, and INTA on the Proposed Revisions to ICANN's Conflicts of Interest Policy, October 1, 2011 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to ICANN on New gTLD Applicant Guidebook, Version 5 – May 13, 2011 (PDF)
  • AIPLA comments regarding Version 4 of the Draft Application Guidebook ("DAG 4") for the introduction of new generic top-level domains ("gTLDs"), filed July 21, 2010 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Third Draft Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs, filed November 20, 2009 (PDF)
  • COA-INTA-AIPLA Joint Comments on ICANN's Conflicts of Interest Policy, June 5, 2009.  (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Second Draft Applicant Guidebook for New gTLDs, filed April 13, 2009 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to ICANN on AGP Limits Policy, filed November 20, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Preliminary Comments on the Transition Action Plan, Improving Institutional Confidence in ICANN and FAQ prepared by the ICANN President’s Strategy Committee, filed July 31, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the restructuring of the GNSO Council, filed July 9, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the GNSO Council’s “Approved Motion on Domain Tasting," filed May 20, 2008 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the progress achieved by ICANN on the goals in the Joint Project Agreement between NTIA and ICANN, filed February 13, 2008 (PDF)
  • Comments of the American Intellectual Property Law Association to ICANN on the proposed changes to accessibility to WHOIS data, filed October 29, 2007 (PDF)
  • Comments of the American Intellectual Property Law Association on the WHOIS Task Force Preliminary Report, January 13, 2007 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Combined WHOIS Task Force Preliminary Report (September 2005) (PDF)
Interactions with US Government on International Matters

  • AIPLA Comments on the Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Relating to Civil or Commercial Matters, March 19, 2018 (PDF)​
  • AIPLA and PhRMA Comments on Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Relating to Civil or Commercial Matters​ Currently Being Negotiated at The Hague Conference on Private International Law​, July 19, 2017 (PDF)​
  • AIPLA Comments on a Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Currently Being Negotiated at The Hague Conference on Private International Law​, January 18, 2017 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments in Response to the USPTO "Notice of Roundtable and Request for Comments on Domestic and International Issues Related to Privileged Communications Between Patent Practitioners and Their Clients,"March 6, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Recommendation  Regarding  Consideration  by  the  PCT  Receiving Office of the USPTO of Requests for Restoration of Priority Based Upon the “Due Care” Standard, February 24, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Recommendation Regarding Deference to Favorable Findings of the International Searching Authority of the USPTO During Examination of a U.S. National Phase from a PCT Application, January 13, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to USPTO on "Changes To Implement the Patent Law Treaty," June 10, 2013 (PDF )
  • AIPLA Letter to Senators Leahy and Grassley on S. 3486, To Implement the Provisions of the Hague Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty, September 18, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to the USPTO on the US/UK Proposal to WIPO on "PCT 20/20," August 17, 2012 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Trademark Trilateral Cooperation, October 31, 2011 (PDF )
  • ​AIPLA Comments on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ("ACTA" or "Agreement") and the ongoing negotiations between the possible Member States, submitted September 27, 2010. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Encourages the Administration to move forward in implementing Resolution of Advice and Consent to the ratification of the Patent Law Treaty as well as to ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, filed July 22, 2009. (PDF
  • AIPLA Comments on encouraging enhancement of the quality of international searches and examinations and their greater use in national stage processing, filed May 23, 2008 (PDF
  • AIPLA Comments on (1) Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, (2) Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, and (3) Patent Law Treaty and Regulations Under the Patent Law Treaty, submitted July 23, 2007 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on “International Efforts to Harmonize Substantive Requirements of Patent Laws,” 72 Federal Register 24566 (May 3, 2007), filed June 22, 2007 (PDF
  • AIPLA's views on the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks adopted on March 27, 2007 by the Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Revised Trademark Law Treaty, filed May 28, 2007. (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the Proposed Rule Making entitled “April 2007 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Procedures” filed March 16, 2007 (PDF
  • AIPLA Comments of AIPLA on the Government Working Group Report on the concept of a Global Patent Application, filed January 31, 2007 (PDF
  • Resolution: Harmonization of Patent Systems, May 2005 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on the "Work Program set forth in the draft Ministerial Declaration submitted by the WTO General Council and WTO Director-General for consideration at the Fourth Session of the Ministerial Conference scheduled for Doha, Qatar next month" (October 11, 2001) (PDF)
Other International Organizations and Agencies

The Hague Conference on Private International Law:

  • ​AIPLA Comments on the Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Relating to Civil or Commercial Matters, Currently Being Negotiated at The Hague Conference on Private International Law, October 26, 2017 (PDF)

 

 

International Harmonization:

  • Industry Trilateral (IT3) Publications for the Cornerstones for Harmonisation: a B+ Sub-Group / Industry Symposium​ (Munich Germany, June 20, 2017) 
    • "Policy and Elements for a Possible Substantive Patent Harmonization Package" June 1, 2017 (PDF);
      • Exhibit 1 Grace Period (PDF); 
      • Exhibit 2 Conflicting Applications (PDF); 
      • Exhibit 3 Prior User Rights (PDF);
    • IT3 Symposium Presentation on Grace Period, June 20, 2017 (PDF)
    • IT3 Symposium Presentation on Conflicting Applications, June 20, 2017 (PDF)
    • IT3 Symposium Presentation on Prior User Rights, June 20, 2017 (PDF)
    • IT3 Symposium Presentation on the Proposed Defense for Intervening Users, June 20, 2017 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comment Letter to European Patent Office (EPO) on Draft Template for Unity of Invention for the study conducted by the Patent Harmonization Experts Panel (PHEP) of the IP5 Patent Offices​, March 27, 2017 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Prior User Rights Workstream paper from JPO for the B+ Sub-Group on Patent Harmonization, April 26, 2016 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Prior User Rights Workstream paper from JPO for the B+ Sub-Group on Patent Harmonization​, April 14, 2016 (PDF)​
  • AIPLA Comments on IP5-PHEP Consultation -- Patent Practices and Procedures, October 25, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments on Substantive Items Raised in Group B+ Sub-Group Paper, "Patent Harmonisation:  Objectives and Principles," August 11, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Response to Group B+ Sub-Group Questions and Paper, "Patent Harmonisation:  Objectives and Principles," July 24, 2015 (PDF)
  • Industry Associations Comments to IP5 Office Heads on Making Global Dossier a High Priority, March 1, 2013 (PDF)​

 

European Patent Office:
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO Regarding Restructuring and Reform of the Boards of Appeal, June 30, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO Select Committee Regarding Adjusted Proposals for Unitary Patent Renewal Fees,
    May 20, 2015 (PDF)​
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO Select Committee Regarding Unitary Patent Renewal Fees, March 19, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO Regarding Unitary Patent Post-Grant Fees, February 11, 2015 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Memorandum to Enlarged Board of Appeal, EPO, in re G 3/14:  AIPLA Statement on Referral Under Art 112(1)(a) EPC by Technical Board of Appeal T 0373/12 - 3.2.08 (Appl. No. 08581833.3) (Examination of Clarity Objections), August 29, 2014 ( PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO Regarding Unitary Patent Fees, January 28, 2014 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments in Response to EPO Consultation Regarding Division Applications (Rule 36 EPC) - April 5, 2013 (PDF)
  • AIPLA Comments to EPO on the Patentability of Computer Programs Case G 3/08, submitted April 28, 2009 (PDF)​

 

​JIPA:
  • AIPLA Comments to JIPA on Proposal Entitled "An Employee Invention System to be Reformed for Promotion Growth--Accelerating Innovation," September 12, 2013 (PDF)​

AIPPI-US Division of AIPLA
AIPPI was founded in 1897, shortly following the signing of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 1883. Following the initiative of leading European legal scientists and practitioners, a founders' meeting was held in Brussels on May 8, 1897 and in October, 1897, the first Congress was convened in Vienna, with subsequent festivities in Budapest. Meetings, or Congresses, of the Association were held annually in the early stages, later alternating with "Reunions" until the beginning of the first World War caused an interruption in 1914. Following the end of World War I, the revival of the association took place in 1925 and the administrative center of AIPPI moved to Switzerland. As a consequence of the second World War, the activities of the association suffered a second interruption from 1938 to 1946.
 
The development of AIPPI to its present form has been a continuous one. Starting with an emphasis on Western Europe, it has become a truly international association, including North and South America, Eastern European countries, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
 
The major executive/administrative body of the international organization is the International Bureau comprised of a President, Vice President, Reporter General, Deputy Reporter Generals, Assistant Reporter Generals, and Treasurer General. The international organization is administered by the Secretary General and his/her staff.

 

AIPPI-US

The AIPPI-Division of AIPLA, was originally founded as a non-profit organization in 1930 and has approximately 375 members, including both individuals and corporations. In October 2012, AIPLA acquired the AIPPI-US Group.  Membership in AIPPI UNITED STATES automatically includes membership in AIPPI. The United States has one of the largest representations on the International Executive Committee of AIPPI.

 

VISIT the AIPPI-US Website for more information