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In Memoriam: Paul Buckner Bell

14th March, 2017

Paul Buckner Bell (29 July 1922 - 19 January 2017) Paul Bell quietly passed away on 19 January 2017 at the wonderful age of 94. Paul was at the core of the U.S. FICPI Section for over 20 years. He and Mac Waldbaum organised the very successful EXCOs in the U.S. at Hilton Head and

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Brazilian FDA and BPTO close to reaching an agreement on prior consent

21st March, 2017

The Brazilian FDA (ANVISA) and the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO) have, for many years, disagreed about the legal provision that instituted the mechanism of “prior consent”, which established that ANVISA would examine patent applications in the pharmaceutical area so as to authorize the grant of the

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SIPO’s New Revision to Guideline for Patent Examination

21st March, 2017

The Chinese Guidelines for Patent Examination were revised recently by SIPO and the new Guidelines will come into effect on April 1, 2017.  The revised contents are introduced briefly hereunder. 1. Regarding software related patent examination 1) Patentable subject matter, Section 4.2 of Chapter 1 of Part II The revised Section adds the content “

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Indian Trade Mark Rules 2017

16th March, 2017

The Trade Marks Rules, 2002, has been replaced by The Trade Marks Rules, 2017.  On 6 March 2017, new Trade Marks Rules came in effect. The Trade Marks Rules, 2002 are substantially amended and can certainly have an impact on the trade mark filing and prosecution strategy, amongst other things. Some of the salient

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Africa IP Update - February 2017

20th February, 2017

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (“ARIPO”) held its 40th Administrative Council Session in Harare, Zimbabwe, in December 2016. The Harare Protocol on Patent, Industrial Designs and Utility Models has undergone important amendments, which came into effect on 1 January 2017. Some noteworthy changes include that substantive patent examination should now

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Partial Priority: Report on EPO Decision G1/15

13th February, 2017

On 1st February 2017 the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO published the detailed reasoning supporting its earlier decision in case G1/15, which related to the manner in which partial priority applied to generic “OR”-claims.   The expression “generic “OR”-claim” was introduced

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