On the morning of May 31, 2012, “ACPAA-AIPLA Intellectual Property Seminar（2012）” was co-held by All-China Patent Attorney Association (ACPAA) and American Intellectual Property Law Association(AIPLA) in Litin Huayuan Hotel of Beijing. AIPLA delegation consist of 23 people headed by William Barber, president of AIPLA attended the seminar. ACPAA delegation, together with more than 60 patent attorneys from patent agencies in China attended the Seminar.
Before the Seminar began, He Hua, deputy commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office(SIPO), met William Barber, the president of AIPLA. During the meeting, He Hua said, with the development of global economy, Intellectual Property become more and more important, topics around IP in cooperation between China and America also becomes more and more important. For a long time, SIPO and USPTO kept good cooperation, and SIPO really appreciated much help from USPTO at the beginning of establishing patent system in China. Besides, China also stress non-governmental communication between China and the U.S., which is important basis for IP cooperation in both countries and contributes to mutual understanding between IP circles in both countries. Therefore, SIPO sing high praise for the communication and cooperation between two ACPAA and AIPLA.
William Barber express his thanks for the great support given by China 's authorized competent departments. He said, many non-governmental American organization, including AIPLA, has kept close touch with China and carry out multi-level and multi-field communication, which promote mutual understanding among IP workers in both countries. AIPLA emphasized this kind of communication and cooperation, there are special administrative department which are responsible for Chinese IP affairs. He also said, this seminar will surely lay more solid foundation.
During the Seminar, Perry Wu Yang, President of ACPAA, and William Barber, President of AIPLA, introduced the recent work of association respectively, which deepen the understanding and communication between two associations.
The theme of this seminar is “Lastest development of American Patent Reform”. Mr. Todd Dickinson deliberately explain the background and recent development of American Patent Reform in 2011, which focus on main content of American Invents Act, including Filing Reforms, Examination Reforms, Third Party Reforms and Additional Key Reforms(such as PTO Fee Setting, Priority Examination Fee and other Provisions. etc.). As far as Filing Reforms is concerned, "First Inventor to File” is one of the most important reforms, Filing Standard and Examination Standard or relative Fees changed with it, which exert great influence on patent application of America and other countries. Therefore, Mr. Todd Dickinson also introduced some practical strategies for that. Besides, He explained global coordinative role of American Invents Act. What he introduced provide great help and instruction for the work of patent attorneys in China.
ACPAA-AIPLA Intellectual Property Seminar(2012) promoted mutual understanding and trust between two association and lay a good foundation for future communication and cooperation in future.