Major activities of AIPPI include policy formulation and expression, education, and networking.
Meetings of AIPPI
Much of the activity of AIPPI is carried out at its meetings, although
increasing amounts of work are carried out between meetings by individuals
and committees. The international organization meets at periodic
world Congresses held on a biennial basis. Past
Congresses have been held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1989), Melbourne,
Australia (2001), Geneva, Switzerland (2004), Gothenburg,
Sweden (2006), and Boston, USA (2008). The next Congress will be held in Toronto, Canada (2014).
In intervening years, a meeting of the AIPPI
Executive Committee and an educational forum are held.
The most recent Executive Committee Meeting/Forum was
held in Hyderabad, India (2011).
In line with its primary purpose of developing and improving the
protection of intellectual property, a major activity of AIPPI is
A permanent Program Committee of the international organization
selects current intellectual property law topics for consideration
by AIPPI. These are typically matters for which it is felt AIPPI
should make its views known, such as pending or proposed intellectual
property treaties and legislation. A list of the topics (termed
"Questions") currently under consideration by AIPPI can
be found on the AIPPI web site (www.aippi.org) under "Questions/Committees."
Each National Group of AIPPI is asked to consider each of the Questions
and submit a written report in advance of the meeting at which the
Question will be discussed. The national reports are typically prepared
by a committee of members of the National Groups. A national group
report usually includes a summary of that country's national law
with respect to the topic, as well as its views and recommendations
on the matter raised by the Question.
Representatives of the various National Groups form an international
committee or "Working Committee" assigned to each pending
agenda item. The Working Committee reviews the reports of the National
Groups as well as a Summary Report, prepared by the Reporter General
and his staff, and formulates a proposed position for AIPPI on the
topic. This proposal is then subject to open debate at an Executive
Committee meeting or Congress of AIPPI. The position ultimately
adopted by AIPPI is contained in a "Resolution." The resolutions
of the international organization are found at the international
organization web site (www.aippi.org) under "Publications and
Services - Resolutions."
In addition to serving as expressions of AIPPI views on international
intellectual property protection, the national reports, summary
reports, and resolutions of AIPPI comprise a unique and highly useful
body of reference material concerning the international protection
of intellectual property.
Educational programs are held at the biennial world Congresses,
as well as at the AIPPI forums organized in intervening years. The
international organization also publishes a newsletter four times
a year containing information regarding international intellectual
property developments and the activities of AIPPI.
The adopted Resolutions serve as a basis for presenting the views
of AIPPI to WIPO, Diplomatic Conferences, and other bodies considering
new or changed proposals for the international protection of intellectual
The biennial world Congresses of AIPPI held every other year bring
together several thousand intellectual property practitioners from
all over the world and provide an ideal opportunity for establishing
contacts and mutual relationships. The same is true of Fora that
are attended by smaller numbers of AIPPI members. The same is also
true of work on the various committees of the international and
National Group organizations.