Meeting Program

The APAA 2021 program features a range of committee and council meetings, workshops, round and business meeting tables. Delegates will have the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to the future of intellectual property law. 

The Program is correct as at 12 October 2021. The program is subject to change without notice and is displayed in Queensland time.

Standing Committee Topics
Patent Rules and guidelines: “Conflicting Applications – Secret Prior Art (Part II).
Design A discussion on invalidity/cancellation procedures: A system where the validity of registered design rights is questioned.
Anti-Counterfeiting Challenges and issues in online counterfeiting posed by Covid19 restrictions – your experiences and insights.
Trademark Obtaining & losing distinctiveness of a Trademark.
Copyright To what extent, and in which aspects, should copyright law in your country evolve to address the rapid change in work and social   practices occasioned by the Covid19 pandemic?
Emerging IP Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) & Intellectual Property Law.
Round Table Topics
Table 1

Patent rights on vaccine – with Milton Lucidio Leão Barcellos

This hot topic intends to discuss the different international approaches related to the new challenges involving worldwide patent rights flexibilities related to vaccines during and after COVID-19. While India, South Africa, US and other countries are supporting a TRIPS waiver, other countries such as United Kingdom, countries of the European Union and others are opposing it during the discussions at the WTO. During the roundtable we will address the main questions and its multiple answers related to: Should we have a TRIPS waiver additionally to the existing TRIPS flexibilities (p.ex. Compulsory License – CL) specially related to vaccines during and after the COVID-19? If yes or if not, why? More specifically, based on the IP Rights involved in vaccines (including, but not restricted to patents) and regulatory issues, would the TRIPS waiver be an efficient solution? 

Table 2

Eligibility/Search/Disclosure Requirement/Incentive Step for AI related invention – with Avi Freeman

This discussion will focus on the latest hot potato in this broad field, looking at how AI fits into the structures we have for patenting in the technical area of CII, exploring associated challenges and opportunities. The history of the development of jurisprudence in this area is fascinating and we have seen over the years an ebb and flow in terms of the approaches taken by patent offices around the world to the protection of CII.  We will ask if we can expect to see such differences to be maintained in its application to AI and what it means for technologists and the world of IP if we do. AI is very much with us in 2021, presenting challenges to IP legal structures that have been created.  We will look in detail at how the situation stands in the UK and Europe and hope to benefit from input of members from around the world to try and pick out similarities and contrasts that exist between jurisdictions.

AI has cemented its position in the world of technology and innovation.  Only this week, the BBC reported on AI-DA, an AI artist, created by a UK-based robotics company.  AI-DA has made ripples by creating artistic works as a challenge to the established world of fine art.  (Not only that but it was recently impounded by security services in Egypt as its AI eyes were considered a potential vehicle for spying!). With AI entrenched in the world, the challenge to the patent system is to ensure it can remain relevant to it.  Join our discussion as we explore how this might happen.

Table 3 What matters in a Hybrid Working Model. Cooperation between IP firms under the new “normal” – with Catherine Zheng
Table 4 Changes in procedures in IP Offices under COVID-19, such as “Interviews with Examiners”, “seals/signatures”, “submission of   the original copy”, “remedial action”, etc. – with Nguyen Thi Thu Ha
Table 5

🄬 and crime of false indication – Can you put ®beside your trademark which is registered only in your home country – with Eduardo Escano

The predominant use of the internet in our daily activities and the expanded globalized economy has exponentially increased the free flow of goods and services around the world. 

This has created a whole array of issues involving the use of the ® symbol and its legal effects, particularly on false indications.  

Table 6 Trademark parallel importation – with Vaibhav Vutts
Workshop Topics


Patent Drafting Workshop This workshop is an introduction to patent claim drafting. It is a practical workshop where you will work together to help understand a new invention and to conceptualise it for the purposes of patent claim drafting. You will be given a scenario problem to role play the process of interviewing an inventor and to then use the information to write a first draft of claim 1.  If you are not familiar with patent claim drafting yet, this workshop will help you understand the process including how to interview an inventor. For those already familiar with patent claim drafting, you will learn some helpful tips and a simple process to help you teach claim drafting to your colleagues and others. – With Tracey Hendy and Nikki Kahn