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
Post-Brexit Conversion of EU IP Rights Confirmed
As expected the UK Government has now confirmed that registered EU IP Rights will automatically convert into national UK IP rights post-Brexit and will not be subject to any official Registry fee for such conversion.
IP5 Collaborative PCT ISR Pilot Project Launched
Following an earlier pilot project between the EPO, KIPO and USPTO, on the 1st July 2018 the IP5 offices launched a three-year pilot project to test a collaborative approach to producing PCT International Phase search reports.
Court of Appeal Finds Doctrine of Equivalents Not Applicable in Singapore
In 2018 SGCA 18 Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd the Singapore Court of Appeal held that the UK Supreme Court’s recent adoption of the doctrine of equivalents does not have precedential relevance for patent construction in Singapore.
United States of America
Bill Seeks to Reverse Recent Legislative and Judicial Patent Law Changes
On 28th June 2018 a Republican Congressman introduced a Bill known as the Restoring American Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 to the House of Representatives. The Bill has both Democrat and Republican members of Congress as co-sponsors.
CAFC Judge Criticises Supreme Court's Two-Step Patent Eligibility Test
In the recent Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decision 16-2502 Interval Licensing LLC v AOL Inc the separate opinion of Judge Plager was critical of the two-step test the Supreme Court gave in Alice for determining whether a claimed invention is patent ineligible on account of merely being an abstract idea.
Canada Acceeding to Hague Agreement
On 16th July 2018 Canada deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement, which will enter into force in Canada on 5th November 2018.