Archive: October, 2018


Accession to the Madrid Protocol: Malawi

On September 25, 2018, the Government of Malawi deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol. It contained: the declaration extending the refusal period to 18 months and making it possible to notify refusals based on opposition after the expiry of that period (Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol); the notification […]

Innotech Expo

International technological exhibition Innotech Expo Taiwan

The Taiwan Innotech Expo International technology forum is held in Taipei, Taiwan, this year being 27-29 September. Innotech Expo is famous for its wide scope and size. According to the organizers 565 international companies attended the event this year as well as more than 70 000 visitors, which is a striking record for the forum. […]

Common Regulations

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Benelux

As from January 1, 2019, the amounts of the individual fee payable in respect of Benelux will change. Those amounts will be: 266 Swiss francs for the first class of goods or services, 29 Swiss francs for the second class, and 89 Swiss francs for each additional class, when designating Benelux in an international application […]

international registrations

International registrations with designation of Mexico – a declaration of actual and effective use of the mark

In case of international registrations containing the designation of Mexico, there is a new requirement to file a declaration of actual and effective use of the mark. 1.The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has provided to the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) information related to the requirement to file declarations […]

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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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