Official Visits


26/06/2017 | Download PDF


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), responsible for the global domain name system, held its Policy forum, ICANN59, in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 26 – 29, 2017.

The work was focused on two topics:

The ongoing review of all rights protection mechanisms in all generic top-level domain name systems, meaning that all trademark protections systems related to generic domain names, such as .com, are studied to see what improvements may be necessary. At the moment, this working group is dealing with the Trademark Clearinghouse, followed with an overview of the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), and finally, at the end of 2018, an overview of the traditional Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution policy (UDRP).

FICPI’s representative, Petter Rindforth, Co-Chair, CET Group 1, is also co-chair of a working group of ICANN dealing with International Governmental Organizations (IGO) access to dispute resolution systems. In order to solve the fact that most IGO’s avoid dealing with disputes in national courts, referring to their jurisdictional immunity, the working group is finalising a proposal that a decision rendered against the registrant in the initial UDRP or URS phase may be brought before a neutral arbitration entity for de novo review and determination.

Group B+ Users

20/06/2017 | Download PDF

Group B+ Users Symposium

FICPI contributed to the Group B+ Industry Symposium on patent harmonisation, hosted by the EPO on 20 June 2017.

The Group B+ was established to promote and facilitate progress on substantive patent law harmonisation. It has become a major forum for this harmonisation.

The discussions on harmonisation currently involve three main topics : Grace period, Prior user rights and Conflicting applications.

At the Symposium Industry representatives from AIPLA, IPO, Business Europe and JIPA could present their views. Group B+ members Australia, Canada and Korea also presented their comments on the three topics.

Invited by the Chair of Group B+, Ms. Patricia Kelly, FICPI could present its position regarding Grace period, as exposed in the FICPI White Paper published at On Prior user rights, FICPI reminded its ongoing work, and its draft position paper to be completed in the near future. On conflicting applications, FICPI mentioned the current study led by a FICPI working group, and the session on this topic at the next Open Forum in Venice.

FICPI will continue to closely follow the work of Group B+, and to actively represent IP attorneys and their clients in the discussions on patent law harmonisation.


05/12/2016 | Marc Chauchard | Download PDF

2016 FICPI and ASIPI jointly promote the new FICPI ACADEMY Patent Drafting Course in South America.

On December 5, 2016, Danny Huntington, Joseph Morales & Marc Chauchard of FICPI met with several members of the Executive Committee of ASIPI, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, including Vice-President Elisabeth Siemsen do Amaral, Secretary Luis Alejandro Henriquez, and Director Marco Antonio Palacios, as well as Carlos R. Olarte President of ASIPI’s Patents Working Committee.

The purpose of the meeting was to present to ASIPI information about the first FICPI Academy Patent Drafting Course in Latin American countries.

The FICPI representatives explained the concept of the course and its history in South East Asia and Europe, and described the team of Tutors Team that would be involved in teaching the course. The support of the European Patent Office was explained to those attending and the dates that had been set for the course, to be held in June & September 2017 in Rio de Janeiro were confirmed.

The ASIPI wholeheartedly welcomed this new initiative by FICPI and agreed to distribute the course brochure and registration materials to its members in South and Central Americas soon as the Brochure was available..

The course brochure and related information was subsequently made available to ASIPI and distributed on April 4th, 2017. This co-operation in the promotion of this new initiative by FICPI in South and Central America strengthens the links between FICPI and ASIPI.