Questions Overview

The importance of AIPPI's "Questions"

AIPPI studies legal issues which are of interest for its members. The reports of all National Groups are published on AIPPI International's website, and they are a great source for a quick - and reliable - overview over international issues and how they are resolved on a national basis.

Questions will usually be prepared for discussion during the next Congress or Executive Committee Meeting.

Questions that were debated in Buenos Aires 2009 are
Q194BA The Impact of Co-Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights on their Exploitation (Continuation of the work in Singapore 2007)
Q208 Border measures and other Means of Customs Intervention against Infringers
Q209 Selection Inventions - the Inventive Step Requirement, other Patentability Criteria and Scope of Protection
Q210 The Protection of Major Sports Events and associated commercial activities through Trademarks and other IPR

Read the Questionnaires, the Working Guidelines, the National Group Reports (including Switzerland's Reports), the Summary Report and the Resolutions on (click on Questions/Committees, Working Committees, and then "Show details" under the corresponding Q number). Switzerland's Reports, the Summary Report and the Resolutions are also available under "Current Questions".

Questions that were debated in Paris 2010 are
P Liability for contributory infringement of IPRs - certain aspects of patent infringment (Continuation of the work in Boston 2008)
Q213 The role of the skilled person in the context of the inventive step requirement regarding validity and infringement in patent law
Q214 Protection against the dilution of a trademark
Q215 Protection of trade secrets through IPR and unfair competition law
Q216 Exceptions to copyright protection and the permitted uses of copyright works in the hi-tech and digital sectors

Questions that were debated in Hyderabad 2011 are
Q216B  Exceptions to copyright protection (Continuation of the work in Paris 2010)
Q217  Patentability criterion for inventive step / non-obviousness
Q218  The requirement of genuine use of a trademark
Q219  Injunctions in cases of infringement of IPRs

Questions to be debated in Seoul 2012 are
Q229 Use of prosecution history in post-grant proceedings
Q230 Infringement of trademarks by goods in transit 
Q231 The interplay between design and copyright protection for industrial products
Q232 The relevance of traditional knowledge to intellectual property law