CANCELLED - Hague Conference’s Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements

Cancellation of January 12th, 2017

Public Meeting on a Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (Hague Conference)

 In a Federal Register Notice published on November 18, 2016, (81 FR 81741 (Nov. 18, 2016)) the USPTO requested public comments on a Preliminary Draft Convention on recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments that was prepared by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, an international organization in the Netherlands. In addition, the USPTO announced its intention to hold a public meeting on January 12, 2017. The public meeting is now cancelled, and the USPTO will rely on the written comments.  We are changing the deadline for submission of comments from the current deadline of January 9th  2017 to January 18th 2017.  (A Federal Register notice is forthcoming). 

For further information, please contact Michael Shapiro, senior counsel, Office of Policy and International Affairs by telephone at 571-272-9300, or by email to Michael.Shapiro@uspto.gov

Written comments will be accepted until January 18, 2017. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments should be sent via email to judgmentsproject@uspto.gov.

Background Information

The Hague Conference on Private International Law, an international organization headquartered in the Netherlands, is sponsoring negotiations for a convention on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters. In February 2016, the Conference’s Council on General Affairs and Policy created a special commission to prepare a preliminary draft text of the convention. In June 2016, at its first session, the special commission produced a Preliminary Draft Convention that contains general and specific provisions that would apply to the recognition and enforcement of judgments arising from transnational intellectual property disputes.