Committee Types

Standing Committee

Absolute grounds of refusal of registration of trademarks


Agreement on a European Patent Court

Amicus Briefs

Annuities for patents

Appellations of origin

Appellations of origin, indications of source and geographical indications

Applicant’s prior application as prior art

Application of Articles 2 and 15 of the Paris Convention

Application of the Convention to colonies, possessions, etc., and to states acuiring their independence (originally in French)

Application of the International Convention for the protection of new varieties of plants of 1961

Arbitration of intellectual property disputes between private parties

Arrangement of Madrid for the prevention of false indications of origin on goods

Assessment of damages for patent infringements

Attorney – Client Privilege and the Patent and/or Trademark Attorneys Profession


Biotechnology (Relationship between patent protection and biotechnological inventions and plant variety protection; Patentability of animal breedings

By what means may the tendency of the countries be countered to deviate from the rules of reciprocity by the implementation of special rules for patent applications? (originally in French)

Cancellation of the registration of a trade mark at any time upon proof of abandon

Centennial of AIPPI

Change of patent claims after issue

Client Attorney Privilege

Commercialisation of IP

Community Patent

Community Patent Regulation

Community Trademark

Comparative advertising

Comparison of cost for patent application, granting procedure and enforcement

Competence of arbitrators and enforcement of their awards in matters of contracts relating to industrial property

Competence of tribunals in industrial property matters and enforcement at defendant’s domicile of judgements rendered in the country of the protection

Confidentiality, disclosure and publication of data in information networks.

Conflict of industrial property right and other laws

Content and relevance of industrial applicability and/or utility as requirements for patentability


Copyright (coordination with ALAI)

Copyright protection in particular of industrial achievements

Customs seizure and other measures against counterfeiting

Deferred examination of patent applications

Definition of the grounds on which the rights of the patentee could be restricted

Dependent patents and their exploitation


Development and Intellectual Property

Difficulties encountered in the acquisition and exercise of industrial property rights (in foreign countries)

Digital Economy

Drafting of patent claims

Early publication and provisional protection of patent applications

Economic significance, functions and purpose of the trademark

Effective protection against unfair competition under Article 10bis Paris Convention of 1883

Effects of patent or trademark invalidity on license agreements

Effects of the territoriality of trade mark rights in case of unauthorized importation of products


Enforcement of IP Rights

European system for the grant of patents

Experimental use as a defence to a claim of patent infringement

Free Trade Agreements

Geographical Indications

Geographical Indications (Dissolved)

Hague Conference on Private International Law

Harmonisation of certain Provisions of the Legal Systems for Protecting Inventions

Harmonisation of patent law formalities

Harmonisation of substantive provisions of Trademark Law

Harmonisation of the existing utility model protection systems (including EU)

Harmonisation of Trademark Law

Harmonization of formal requirements for trademark applications, registrations and amendments thereof

Harmonization of national laws in the field of industrial property

House marks


Impact of use on the maintenance and renewal of a trade mark registration

Implementing Regulations for the amended EPC

Improvement of international protection of designs and models

Improvement on an international scale of patent examination

In-house counsel

Incidence of force majeure on time limits in the field of industrial property

Incidence on industrial property rights of national or international provisions guaranteeing free competition

Influence of laws on restraint of trade or transfer of technology on know-how agreements

Information Technology and Internet

Integral application of the provisions of the Paris Convention (originally in French)Application intégrale des dispositions de la Convention de Paris

Interdiction of the suppression or the limitation of the right to a trade mark after a certain duration of use

International Arrangement for the protection of appellations of origin and their international registration

International Conventions: Dispute settlement procedures

International protection of works of applied art, designs and models

International registration of marks (Madrid Protocol)

Interpretation of Article 5 A of the Paris Convention

Interpretation of patent claims

Introduction of new and harmonization of the existing utility model protection systems

IP and genetic resources / traditional knowledge

IP and Green Technology

IP Office Practice & Procedures

Is it necessary to introduce into the Paris Convention special provisions on the law applicable to patent disputes in case of a conflict of law? (originally in French)

Legal and economic significance of design protection

Legal and economic significance of protection by utility models

Legal aspects of merchandizing

Licensing of trade marks

Measures against counterfeiting of branded goods

Method and preparations of a study on the unification of laws on patents for inventions

Methods and principles of novelty evaluation in patent law

Misleading and unfair advertising (Television without frontiers)

Model law for developing countries on inventions

National legislation advisory committee

New applications for chemical products in the agriculture

Non confusing use of another’s trademark

Obtaining of evidence of the infringement of industrial property rights

Parallel import of patented products

Participation of third parties in the patent granting and amendment procedures

Patent protection for biotechnological inventions

Patent term extension (Comparison of different concepts)

Patentability under the European Patent Convention

Patenting of computer software




Piracy and Counterfeiting

Possible revision of the Madrid Agreement concerning the international registration of trade marks

Prior disclosure and prior use of the invention by the inventor

Prior use

Prolongation of terms of all kinds expiring on a holiday

Protection against the importation of products the process of manufacture of which is patented in the importing country

Protection for groups of chemical substances and selection inventions

Protection of collective and certification marks

Protection of computer programmes – Protection of computer-software

Protection of designs and models in the EC

Protection of indications of source and appellations of origin

Protection of industrial property in the field of microbiology

Protection of integrated circuits

Protection of inventions jointly made by nationals of different countries

Protection of scientific discoveries

Protection of service marks

Protection of the commercial name

Protection of the environment

Protection of unregistered but well-known trademarks (Art. 6bis Paris Convention) and protection of highly renown trademarks



Rearrangement of the text of the International Convention for the protection of industrial property

Rearrangement of the text of the International Convention for the protection of intellectual property

Reasons for which the rights of the patentee can be restricted

Relevance of copyright law to industrial products / Copyright and industrial products

Reorganization of the IAPIP

Reorganization of working methods of IAPIP

Requirements and time deadlines for filing patent applications

Restoration of patent rights

Restoration of patents and patent application rights which have lapsed because of post filing defaults in meeting time limits

Restrictions of the rights of the patentee for reasons of public interest

Revision of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

Revision of the Paris Convention

Scope of Patent Protection

Scope of patents for processes, machines and apparatus

Selection inventions


Should a definition of trade marks be introduced into the Convention?

Standards and Patents

Study of protection granted to trade names; possible modification of Article 8 of the Paris Convention (originally in French)

Study on the unification of the right of trade marks

Substantive Patent Law Treaty

Substantive Trademark Law Harmonisation

Sufficient description of the invention

Temporary protection at expositions

Termination of rights of registered trade marks owing to non-use

The administrative structure of international cooperation in the field of intellectual property

The dependent patent

The effectiveness of regional systems for granting Intellectual Property Rights

The European trade mark

The future of the Patent System in Europe

The influence of the international dateline

The international trade mark with supranational effect

The inventions of employees

The inventors’ certificate

The know-how – Definition – Legal regime

The Lisbon Conference – The Conference of Nice

The problem of exhibitions

The protection of trade names in the Paris Convention. Is it necessary to further specify the scope of Article 8? (originally in French)

The role of patents and know-how in the transfer of technology and in stimulating indigenous technology

The role of trade marks, trade names and geographical indications

The Use of Trademarks and other Signs on the Internet

The utility model protection system as an alternative to be patent protection system

Trade marks or names with extended protection

Trade Secrets

Trademark licensing and franchising


Trademarks and consumer protection

Trademarks: Conflicts with prior rights

Translation of the mark


Unitary Patent / Unified Patent Court

Use requirements for the acquisition and the maintenance of registered trademarks

Value of industrial property for technical development and economic progress in developing countries

What may constitute a registrable trademark?

Study Committee

Acquiescence (tolerance) to infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Added matter: the standard for determining adequate support for amendments

Amendment of patent claims after grant (in court and administrative proceedings, including re-examination proceedings requested by third parties)

Bad faith trademarks

Border measures and other Means of Customs Intervention against Infringers

Breadth of claims, support by disclosure and scope of protection of patents

Conditions for registration and scope of protection of non-conventional trademarks

Conflicting patent applications

Conflicts between trademark protection and freedom of expression

Conflicts between Trademarks and Company and Business Names

Consumer survey evidence

Contracts regarding Intellectual Property Rights (assignments and licenses) and third parties

Copyright in artificially generated works

Criminal law sanctions with regard to the infringementof intellectual property rights

Current standards for prior art disclosure in assessing novelty and inventive step requirements

Damages for infringement, counterfeiting and piracy of trademarks

Database protection at national and international level

Divisional, Continuation and Continuation in Part Patent Applications

Employers’ rights to intellectual property

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – infringement and liability

Enforcement of intellectual property rights – procedure and sanctions

Enforcement of intellectual property rights TRIPS

Evaluation of confusion in Trademark Law

Exceptions and limitations to copyright protection for libraries, archives and education and research institutions

Exceptions to copyright protection and the permitted uses of copyright works in the hi-tech and digital sectors

Exceptions to copyright protection and the permitted uses of copyright works in the hi-tech and digital sectors

Exhaustion issues in copyright law

Exhaustion of IPRs in cases of recycling or repair of goods

Grace period for patents

Infringement of trademarks by goods in transit

International Exhaustion of Industrial Property Rights

International Exhaustion of Patent Rights

Inventorship of Multinational Inventions

IP damages for acts other than sales

IP licensing and insolvency

Issues of co-existence of trademarks and domain names: public versus private international registration systems

Joint liability for IP infringement

Jurisdiction and applicable law in the case of cross-border infringement (infringing acts) of intellectual property rights

Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs

Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs – certain aspects of patent infringement

Limitations of the Trademark Protection

Limitations on exclusive IP Rights by competition law

Linking and making available on the Internet

Partial designs

Patentability of Business Methods

Patentability of computer implemented inventions

Patentability Requirements and Scope of Protection of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs), single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Entire Genomes

Patents and protection of the environment


Protection against the dilution of a trademark

Protection of graphical user interfaces

Protection of terms in foreign languages as mark

Protection of trade secrets through IPR and unfair competition law

Punitive damages as a contentious issue of IP Rights

Quantification of monetary relief

Registrability of 3D trademarks

Relationship between trademarks and geographical indications

Relevant public for determining the degree of recognition of famous marks, well-known marks and marks with reputation

Relief in IP proceedings other than injunctions or damages

Requirements for protection of designs

Second medical use or indication claims

Security Interests over Intellectual Property

Selection Inventions: the Inventive Step Requirement, other Patentability Criteria and Scope of Protection

Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding

Term of copyright protection

The availability of injunctions in cases of infringement of IPRs

The basic mark requirement under the Madrid System

The effectiveness of border measures after TRIPS

The Impact of Advertising Restrictions on Trademarks

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation

The impact of public health issues on exclusive patent rights

The interplay between design and copyright protection for industrial products

The Need and Possible Means of Implementing the Convention on Biodiversity into Patent Laws

The patentability criterion of inventive step / non-obviousness

The person skilled in the art in the context of the inventive step requirement in patent law

The protection of Major Sports Events and associated commercial activities through Trademarks and other IPR

The Relationship between Technical Standards and Patent Rights

The relevance of traditional knowledge to intellectual property law

The requirement of genuine use of trademarks for maintaining protection

The role and function of experts in patent disputes

The role of equivalents and prosecution history in defining the scope of patent protection

The use of prosecution history in post-grant patent proceedings

Three-dimensional Marks: The Borderline between Trademarks and Industrial Designs

Trade secrets: Overlap with restraint of trade, aspects of enforcement

Trademarks and Internet domain names

Unfair competition – comparative advertising

Use of a mark “as a mark” as a legal requirement in respect of acquisition, maintenance and infringement of rights