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 […]