FICPI ABC meeting 2016 Wales

27 June 2016

The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) hosts annual ABC meetings – bringing together the American (“A”), UK (“B”), and Canadian (“C”) National Groups of FICPI. The joint ABC conference is open to all members and delegate guests as well. This year, the FICPI ABC meeting was held in the UK at the Celtic Manor in Wales, from 19-22 June 2016.

During the three-day event, we attended a range of working sessions with topics including: Enforcement and Litigation in the US and Canada; What is considered Patent Prior Art in the ABC countries – a comparative view; Hague and Madrid Agreements; Electronic Patent Offices; Latest updates from the UK, US and Canada.

This year we were lucky enough to have The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob as one of our guest speakers, who gave us an update on latest developments about The Unified Patent Court in Europe – which was a big draw for many people!

FICPI meeting - Robin Jacob

The schedule is designed to permit group outings in the afternoons and evenings for member networking, while taking in the sights, sounds and general culture of South Wales.

Events like this are really important for our industry – it gives us the opportunity to get together with professionals within the same/similar industry, network, share ideas and generally discuss options or plans for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s event, and I am already looking forward to next year’s ABC meeting which takes place in Miami from 12th to 15th March 2017.

FICPI meeting - reception

For more information about this year’s FICPI event in Wales, please visit:

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