Archive: November, 2018


Fees in Benelux will increase after 1st January 2019

The official fees in Benelux for trademarks will increase from 1st January 2019. Also the system will change, from 1st January 2019 the system that there is one official fee for 1 to 3 classes will be abandoned. Instead, there will be separate class fees for renewals and fresh applications. The extra class fee from […]

Laura Peter

Laura Peter – deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Ms. Peter most recently held the position of deputy general counsel of A10 Networks in Silicon Valley and […]

patent activity

Brief summary of precedential patent case decisions – October 2018

Contained herein are summary abstracts of significant new points of law from the precedential decisions in patent cases this month. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., 17-374-LPS and 17-379-LPS (D. Del. 10/18/2018). This is memorandum opinion by the D. Del. district court. Mylan moved to dismiss or transfer, alleging improper venue pursuant to […]

As of November 19 - New Amounts of the Individual Fee regarding Turkey

As of November 19 – New Amounts of the Individual Fee regarding Turkey

In accordance with Rule 35(2)(d) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has established that as from November 19, 2018, the amounts of the individual fee payable in respect of Turkey will change. Those amounts will be: 73 Swiss francs for one […]

machine learning

EPO issues Guidelines for Examination concerning Artificial intelligence and machine learning

For the first time, the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued guidance on the patentability of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The guidance will become valid on 1 November 2018. According to the Guidelines: Artificial intelligence and machine learning are based on computational models and algorithms for classification, clustering, regression and dimensionality reduction, such […]

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Colombia

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Colombia

As from January 1, 2019, the amounts of the individual fee payable in respect of Colombia will change. Those amounts will be: 297 Swiss francs for one class of goods or services and 148 Swiss francs for each additional class, when designating Colombia in an international application or subsequently.  Where the mark is a collective […]

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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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