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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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The Industrial Property Law Comes into Force in Turkey

23rd January, 2017

In the 1990s, Turkey was conducting official negotiations with the European Union (“EU”) in order to become a member of the Customs Union. Within this framework, Turkey had to adapt its national Intellectual Property (“IP”) law with EU legislation. In order to fulfill this obligation, Turkey

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JPAA 3rd Presidents’ Meeting 2017

19th January, 2017

Vice President of FICPI, Julian Crump, attended the JPAA 3rd Presidents' Meeting in Tokyo on 12 January 2017.  The principal topic for discussion was the need for local representation in the proposed automated ePCT national/regional phase entry system. FICPI believes that local representatives play a vital role in ensuring

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Africa: Recent IP Developments 2017

18th January, 2017

We have seen a number of important developments in African IP of late.  These include: Growth in the ARIPO trade mark membership to include Gambia, Mozambique and Zambia; A trade mark judicial decision notwithstanding a state of emergency in Ethiopia; New IP legislation in Liberia incorporating all Liberian IP

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WIPO - Standing Committees

12th January, 2017

As its website states, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and co-operation.  It conducts policy discussions on the future development of IP through its standing committees and meetings.  One standing committee (SCT) concerns the “Law of Trademarks,

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