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Free IPTA Presentation in Singapore – “Priority Claiming – Getting to know Article 4 of the Paris Convention and Avoiding the Traps!”

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23 Mar 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: Free

RSVP:  5.00pm, 13 March 2017

Your Hosts – IPTA – and why you should attend

The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) is the peak professional body representing Australian patent and trade mark attorneys.  IPTA has over 800 members, predominantly located in Australia, with some members also resident in Singapore.

In addition to promoting improvements in IP legislation in Australia and providing education opportunities for its members to maintain professional excellence, other objectives of IPTA include supporting the development or improvement of IP legislation in neighboring jurisdictions, promoting IP awareness, and developing relationships with our sister organizations and their members.

IPTA is proud to support this presentation and networking event in Singapore with a view to promoting these interests.  IPTA welcomes the attendance of Australian and Singaporean IP attorneys, and users of IP systems in Singapore.  Please come to learn more about the Paris Convention, network and enjoy the buffet and refreshments with our compliments.


The last major revision of Article 4 of the Paris Convention took place in Lisbon in 1958; a time when foreign applications were sent to foreign associates by mail rather than email or facsimile. It is not surprising therefore that some of the provisions of Article 4 of the Paris Convention are outdated when considered in light of filing practices that have since arisen and the introduction and continual expansion of the PCT. Care must be taken when using modern filing protocols to ensure that the requirements of Article 4 are satisfied. This presentation will focus specifically on issues that arise as a result of Article 4A(1), Article 4C(4) and Articles 4F and 4G of the Paris Convention.

Our Speaker – Michael Caine

Michael Caine is Vice President of IPTA, Convenor of the Patents Legislation Committee and a member of the International Patents Committee of IPTA. Michael is involved in overseeing the preparation of submissions to IP Australia and other Government bodies in relation to Australian patent law and practice.  Michael is also an active member of FICPI where he has served as the chair of the International Patents Group (CET-3) since 2012.  Michael joined the patent profession in 1989 and has been a Partner of Davies Collison Cave since 1998.

Buffet and Refreshments will be served


Date: 23 Mar 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Cost: Free


FTSE Room at CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management Limited
168 Robinson Road #30-01 Capital Tower




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