PARIS – A recent gathering of IP owners, lawyers and government officials explored strategies and potential policies to fight counterfeiting and piracy. The 20th European Intellectual Property Forum, sponsored by the French Union of Manufacturers (Union des Fabricants – UNIFAB) gathered international trademark owners, IP lawyers, entrepreneurs and French and European officials on 5-6 February. […]
For international trade, 2015 will be “a year of work” rather than of finalisation, as Viviane Reding put it.The comment of the former European Commission vice president and Justice Commissioner focussed on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), as she is now the European Parliament’s rapporteur for TISA. The services agreement is still sailing under the radar compared to its bigger cousins, the US-EU bilateral Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Yet “a year of work” might well describe the 2015 agenda for the mega-regional trade negotiations too. Will any of them get to the finish line? A race is on in which the United States and European Union seem to anxiously look to China’s advance while fighting rising opposition at home.
At today’s meeting of the “trilateral offices” – the United States, Europe and Japan – Deputy Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee gave an update of USPTO activities, including improvements in patent quality, patent pendency, and discussions about patent harmonisation.
The Federal Court of Australia has held that isolated genes are patentable under Australian Patent Law.