Pipers issues a bulletin on a monthly basis providing a summary of recent developments in intellectual property law and practice in Australasia and other key countries and regions such as USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Below are links to articles in the latest bulletin. Previous issues can be accessed via the left pane navigation.
Contents Summary of Latest Bulletin
Afghanistan Joining Paris Convention
On 14th May 2017 Afghanistan will become bound by the Paris Convention.
ARIPO and OAPI Work Towards Harmonisation
In February 2017 the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) signed a four year Cooperation Agreement.
Inadequate Disclosure Frustrates Premilinary Discovery Application
In Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals v Samsung Bioepis AU Pty Ltd the Judge dismissed Pfizer’s preliminary discovery application for documents that would help it to determine whether the manufacture of Samsung’s registered biosimilar product infringes any of three process patents.
EPO Expands Provisional Opinion on Patentability Service
From the 1st April 2017, where there is a finding of lack of unity at the search stage, the EPO begins issuing provisional opinions on patentability of the invention (or unitary group of inventions) first mentioned in the claims with the partial search results and invitation to pay additional search fees.
Jordan Joining PCT
From 9th June 2017 Jordan (JO) will be bound by the PCT.
United States of America
Claims Involving Mathematical Equations Not Necessarily Patent Ineligible
In Thales Visionix v United States the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) confirmed the continuing relevance of pre-Alice Supreme Court precedent on the patent eligibility of claims requiring the use of mathematical equations.
3. Trade Marks
Descriptiveness of Foreign Words Clarified
Recent Assistant Commissioner’s decision A Menarini Industrie Farmeutiche Riunite SRL clarified the assessment of descriptiveness in relation to foreign words.