On 29 August 2017 Michael Caine will present the following.
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. There was also no PCT, and applications were not generally published until they were at least accepted or granted. It is not surprising therefore that some of the provisions of Article 4 of the Paris Convention are outdated when considered in light of filing practices that have since arisen, and the introduction and continual expansion of the PCT, as well as the widespread use of email for instructing the filing of foreign applications. 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.