Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) is a forum to discuss issues, facilitate coordination and provide guidance concerning the progressive international development of patent law. They held meetings for a certain period to discuss the latest patent issues.
Ms Dede Mia Yusanti as the Director of Patents, Integrated Circuits and Trade Secrets of The Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of Indonesia attended the SCP meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 2-5 December 2019.
The meeting's agenda was to discuss the 'Exceptions and Limitations to Patent Rights; Quality of Patents, including Opposition Systems; Patents and Health; Confidentiality of Communications between Clients and Their Patent Advisors; and also Transfer of Technology'.
The session of the SCP was opened by Ms Sarah Whitehead (United Kingdom), elected Chair of the SCP. Some delegations shared information on recent developments of their national/regional patent laws with the Committee.
On the first day, the committee discussed the approved system in terms of improving the quality of patents, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support the quality of the patent system both for administrative and substantive examination. Moreover, they also discussed the practice of compulsory licensing in WIPO member countries and the importance of compulsory licensing as part of the flexibility of TRIPS.
On the second day, discussions were on the demands for patent database transparency that WIPO must provide; so that the public could access information on the patent protection status of medicines and vaccines.
On the third day, the committee discussed patent law provisions that had contributed to the effective transfer of technology, including the sufficiency of disclosure, and the practice of each member country to make arrangements in its national law.
(Source: dgip.go.id; wipo.int)
By: Patent Team, Biro Oktroi Roosseno Indonesia