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20 January 2022

Questions for Congress 2022

The Questions this year are


Patentability of diagnostic methods

Leader: John Brunner


Trade marks and the Internet and Social Media

Leader: Jonathan Moss


Moral rights

Leader: Richard Vary


Protection of Trade Secrets during litigation and official proceedings

Leader: Annsley Ward


All members and new joiners are welcome to assist in preparing the UK Group's responses.  As a next step, we will find dates for the kick-off meetings and announce them here.


A link to the study guidelines is here.


Please direct any queries to secretary@aippi.org.uk

20 January 2022

AIPPI Congress 2022

The 2022 AIPPI World Congress will be held in San Francisco 10-14 September 1922.  More information will follow when it is available.

2 March 2021

AIPPI Congress 2021

The AIPPI World Congress 2021 will be held online.  More information will be issued by AIPPI as it becomes available.


Meanwhile, the UK Group continues work on the Questions, which are

·  PATENTS: Q276 - Inventiveness and sufficiency of disclosure in AI inventions (led by Peter Finnie);

·  TRADE MARKS: Q277 - Registrability of trade marks against public order or morality (led by Ashley Roughton);

·  DESIGNS: Q278 - Industrial Designs and the Role of Prior Art (led by Arthur Artinian); and

·  REMEDIES: Q279- Reasonable awareness in compensation for infringement of IP rights (led by Richard Vary).


Please direct any queries to secretary@aippi.org.uk

10 September 2020

BAME representation update

This link give access to a document setting out actions recommended to those in the IP sector, and commitments made by organisations.

22 June 2020

The AIPPI Remedies Trilogy

AIPPI UK are hosting a trilogy of talks covering the law which relates to the procedural side of IP litigation.

The topics covered will address the various stages that can arise in litigation, starting with the scope of jurisdiction that the English courts have to grant relief, through interim remedies and all the way to the award of a final monetary sum. Whilst the talks form a trilogy of topics that are related to each other, each talk will stand alone.

Part 1: Jurisdiction - 23 June 2020

Jonathan Moss of Hogarth Chambers covered the rules on jurisdiction for IP rights and the impact those rules have on whether a remedy can be sought against a defendant in the English courts. He also touched upon what the jurisdiction landscape may look like after Brexit.

Part 2: Damages and account of profits - 8 September 2020

Andrew Norris QC (Hogarth Chambers) will discuss the rules applied by the UK courts when seeking a monetary award, whether in damages or by way of an account of profits. He will consider the need for ‘sound imagination and the practice of the broad axe’ in damages inquiries as well as apportionment in accounts of profits. The talk will also touch on the extent of directors’ financial liability.

Part 3: Interim remedies - see next event

Nicholas Caddick QC will address the recent case law on search orders and freezing injunctions, as well as how an applicant must comply with the duty of full and frank disclosure. He will also address some of the other matters that arise on all forms of interim remedies brought before the court, including the provision of cross-undertakings.

28 July 2020

BAME representation levels in the UK’s IP sector

AIPPI UK members participated in a virtual round table attended by over 50 IP professionals, under the auspices of IP Inclusive.


Those at the meeting agreed statements of principle, by which it was felt the UK’s IP professions should stand together in support of racial and ethnic equality.  The group will now agree some commitments to action, which will be published shortly, and will work together to turn those commitments into positive change.

7 September 2020

2020 AIPPI World Congress

The 2020 Congress will be held online and will be free to all members.  The official site is here.

​The Study Questions to which the UK Group has contributed will be discussed on 5-8 October.  The Study Guidelines can be found here.  The topics include Inventorship in the context of AI; Descriptive use as a defence in Trade Marks; Rights in data; and Standing to sue and its effect on remedies.