Office of the President

Richard P. Beem
President, AIPPI-US
53 W. Jackson, Suite 1352
Chicago, IL 60604 USA

June 8, 2012

Dear Fellow AIPPI-US Members,

It is a pleasure to report to you that the AIPPI-US ExCo and Special Meetings and the AIPPI-US/HIPLA International IP Forum, held on June 3-4 in Houston, went very well indeed. Here are the main points for your consideration and action:

AIPPI-US Members Approve Merger with AIPLA

A set of four AIPPI-US resolutions, with the current draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), approving a proposal to merge or otherwise combine the US national group into AIPLA, was unanimously approved first by ExCo and then by the membership at the Special Meeting.  We had a quorum for both meetings.  Thanks to Phil Swain, this initiative has been moved forward.  AIPLA's leadership has been consulted and informed, and it is expected that the AIPLA-AIPPI combination will be approved by the AIPLA Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting on July 11, 2012, and that the combination will thereafter be finalized expeditiously by the officers of the respective organizations. 

Still More Work to be Done

There is more work to be done for the membership and work of AIPPI-US even in the coming weeks and months-perhaps the next three years-as we continue to form and develop the relationship between AIPPI-US and AIPLA.  The AIPLA/AIPPI-US combination marks not the end of AIPPI-US but the beginning of a new period of dynamic growth and effectiveness of both organizations in advancing the protection of intellectual property and the further harmonization of international IP law.  As has always been the case, membership in the US national group and AIPPI and payment of AIPPI-US dues will continue to be required of AIPPI-US members, and membership in AIPLA also will be required for all eligible AIPPI-US members.  Within the next year it will become easier to pay dues to both organizations at the same time, with the goal of reducing the combined dues and increasing the membership and effectiveness of both organizations.

Working Questions Need Your Input

All four AIPPI-US draft reports on the working questions (WQs) for the upcoming AIPPI-Seoul World IP Congress are now posted on the AIPPI-US website, see here:

  • Q229  The use of prosecution history in post-grant patent proceedings, chaired by Ken Adamo;
  • Q230  Infringement of trademarks by goods in transit, chaired by Maria Scungio;
  • Q231  The interplay between design and copyright protection for industrial products, chaired by Andrew Simpson; and
  • Q232  The relevance of traditional knowledge to intellectual property law, chaired by John Carson.

Your prompt review and comments on the draft US group reports are earnestly solicited so that the reports can be finalized and submitted to the AIPPI Bureau by the middle of next week for summarization and distribution to all AIPPI national groups.  Please provide your comments by the close of business on Monday, June 11, to the respective WQ  Chair with a copy to Executive Director Meghan Donohoe.

For the first time in recent history, one of the AIPPI-US draft WQ reports, viz., the Q229 draft report, was presented to the membership of AIPPI-US for live discussion, at the AIPPI/HIPLA forum on Monday afternoon, June 4th.  The presentation was moderated by Q229 Chair Ken Adamo and the panel included two prominent Houston IP lawyers.  Many insightful comments were received from AIPPI members from the US national group and from all over the world.  These comments will improve the AIPPI-US Q229 report and the effectiveness of the US delegation at the upcoming AIPPI-Seoul World IP Congress. 

First Meeting of the Asia Pacific Committee

In another first, on Monday morning, a live meeting of the new AIPPI-US Asia Pacific Committee was held, chaired by John Carson, and plans were discussed for an AIPPI-US trip in 2013 to visit the AIPPI national groups of China, Japan and Korea. 

Special thanks to sponsors of the AIPPI/HIPLA programs and events, headed by Osha Liang LLP, and to AIPPI-US Executive Director Meghan Donohoe,  MC Tom Smegal, HIPLA, and the AIPPI Bureau (represented in Houston by Stephan Freischem, Sergio Ellman, and John Osha).  Thanks also to all who participated:  Organizing, attending, voting, leading, presenting, speaking up and otherwise, before, during and after the meetings.  The closing night was truly a "Texas Grand Finale," at the Armadillo Palace, featuring a live performance by the Texas Tycoons. 

Upcoming AIPPI and AIPLA Meetings

  • 43rd AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, October 20-24, 2012. Info and register at www.aippi.net
    HURRY, significant savings on registration fees if you register before June 21, 2012! 

ECTA Conference June 20-22, 2012,
in Palermo, Italy

The President of the Italian Group of AIPPI, Mr. Luigi Carlo Ubertazzi, of Studio Ubertazzi, info@ubertazzi.it, has invited leaders and members of the U.S. Group to meet with him briefly in connection with his upcoming address to the 31st Annual Conference of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) in Palermo (Sicily), Italy, on June 20-22, 2012.  For details of the ECTA Conference, see http://conference.ecta.org.

AIPPI-US Request for Comments on USPTO AIA Rulemaking re Micro Entity Status and Fees

The USPTO's recently proposed rules change of May 30, 2012 is directed to "Changes to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Patent Fees," see Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 104, pp. 31806-31814, attached herewith.  AIPPI-US is actively soliciting comments from its members to provide suitable feedback and comments to the USPTO, as appropriate. Please see attached a summary of the rule package, and a list of questions for you to provide comments as appropriate. Please provide any comments or thoughts you would like AIPPI to submit in response to this proposed rule change to AIPPI-US USPTO Rulemaking Committee Chairman Josh Goldberg, jgoldberg@nathlaw.com, by July 10, 2012, to permit us time to organize our thoughts and provide suitable comments to the USPTO.

Click here to view the AIPPI-US Summary

Click here to view the Federal Register Notice.

Thanks for all you do for AIPPI and the US national group.

With best regards,

Richard P. Beem
President, AIPPI-US