Archive: October, 2015

IP news from Nigeria, Qatar and British Virgin Islands

IP news from Nigeria, Qatar and British Virgin Islands

Nigeria – Starting to Digitize Physical Files on October 2015 ABUJA – The Registry for Trademarks, Patents & Designs, Commercial Law Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, will commence the digitization of its Trademarks data from 1 October 2015. The objectives for capturing the data and digitising are: Modernize and accelerate work process […]

USPTO Opens New Regional Office in Silicon Valley to Empower Entrepreneurs and Create Local Jobs

USPTO Opens New Regional Office in Silicon Valley to Empower Entrepreneurs and Create Local Jobs

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new office yesterday in the heart of the nation’s most celebrated hub of technological innovation: California’s Silicon Valley. “This new office allows the USPTO to create new high-skilled jobs, while also working closely with the West Coast Region’s vast array of innovative industries to expedite […]

USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY - Part II

USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY – Part II

On 12 October we published the first part of “USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY“, reported by Mary B. Aversano. Below is the second part of this useful publication. Important notes: Replacement of old goods with new evolved goods: Amendments are permitted when the trademark owner can show use in connection with the […]

USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY - Part I

USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY – Part I

There have been protests in the trademark community that trademark owners must unnecessarily relinquish registrations or parts of registrations if the manner or medium of the goods/services (collectively “goods”) changed because of technology. An example is a mark originally registered for use in connection with 8-track tapes. Because of changes to technology, the mark owner […]

IS IT A PUMPKIN OR JACK-O-LANTERN - Part II

IS IT A PUMPKIN OR JACK-O-LANTERN – Part II

On 29th September we published the first part of the “Is it a pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern“, an interesting publication about design marks. We present to you Part II. Key Word Searches:  But what if the design does not exactly fit into one of the 24 categories? For example, a mark is described as a “jack-o-lantern” […]

Announcement of Pilot Program to Allow Amendments to Identifications of Goods and Services in Trademark Registrations Due to Technology Evolution

Announcement of Pilot Program to Allow Amendments to Identifications of Goods and Services in Trademark Registrations Due to Technology Evolution

Announcement of Pilot Program to Allow Amendments to Identifications of Goods and Services in Trademark Registrations Due to Technology Evolution On September 1, 2015, the USPTO will commence a pilot program to allow, under limited circumstances, amendments to identifications of goods/services in trademark registrations that would otherwise be beyond the scope of the current identification. […]

Bulgaria is flooded with counterfeit goods

Bulgaria is flooded with counterfeit goods

The Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria, through its three officers authorized to identify infringements, committed numerous inspections throughout the country for the first nine months of the year. The inspections were done in accordance with the Office obligations to provide administrative and penal protection of the rights arising from the registered trademarks and industrial […]

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    The new EU trade mark Regulation enters into force on March 23rd. As a result, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) will change its name to the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

    The amending Regulation also revises the fees payable to the Office, including an overall reduction in their amounts, particularly in the case of trade mark renewal fees. On 23.3. 2016, the Office’s online application forms and fee calculator will be automatically updated to reflect the new system.
    From its base in Alicante, Spain, OHIM has processed more than 1.3 million Community trade mark applications in 23 EU languages, from nearly every country and region in the world, since 1996.

    The Amending Regulation was published on 24 December 2015 and is part of the EU trade mark reform legislative package that also includes the replacement of the existing EU Trade Mark Directive (Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council).

    OHIM is the EU’s largest decentralised agency. It is entirely self-financed, receiving no funding from the EU Budget. As well as managing the Community trade mark and the registered Community design (RCD), it works in collaboration with the EU national and regional IP offices to build a stronger IP system across the EU for the benefit of users.

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