Archive: May, 2019

cannabis products

Trademark registration related to cannabis products is still problematic

Cannabis is big business in California and other states, but at this point trademark registration is problematic.

Huawei Device Co., Ltd. v. Optis Cellular Tech., LLC

Huawei Device Co., Ltd. v. Optis Cellular Tech., LLC

Legal issue: 35 USC 316(a)(8), Office Trial Practice Guide, standard for submission of new evidence in support of a request for rehearing. The PTAB relied upon the Trial Practice Guide (TPG), not an enumerated rule, for its precedential holding. That reliance is contrary to a prior policy of the PTAB deeming the TPG to not […]

EURid and EUIPO against domain name abuse

EURid and EUIPO against domain name abuse

A new service, launched by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and EURid, the registry manager of the .eu and .ею country code top-level domains, aims to help European Union trade mark (EUTM) applicants tackle cybersquatting and bad faith domain name registrations.

unity of invention

Judgment of “Unity of Invention” and the Revision of the Examination Guidelines Thereof

Based on the principle that there is only one patent right for one invention, a patent application for invention shall relate to one invention only.

web service portal

World Wide Order – centralised global web service portal

World Wide Order (WWO) is centralised global web service portal, providing registration for IP objects in more than 100 countries and territories. The service is aimed at applicants seeking direct contact with representatives in other countries, managing worldwide applications projects in different territories, seeking cost – effective and at the same time recommended and reliable […]


Apple was granted 63 patents including one for a haptic headset

Apple has been granted 63 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office. Of the patents granted, one of them describes a device, such as a headset, that can use both audio output and haptics.   

United Kingdom

United Kingdom no longer collects and forwards to WIPO the fees due under the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations

Withdrawal of the notification made under Rule 34(2)(b) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol: United Kingdom

Cannabis-Related Goods

USPTO Issues Examination Guide 1-19 to Update Handling of Cannabis and Cannabis-Related Goods and Services

I.            Introduction As noted in the April 23, 2019 blog, US trademark applications that “identified goods or services involv[ing] the sale or transportation of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia in violation of the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) … would be a basis for issuing an inquiry or refusal.” TMEP §907.  Cannabis products have been considered to […]

Trademark Renewal in Taiwan

Trademark Renewal in Taiwan

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding trademark renewal procedure in Taiwan, provided courtesy of JAW-HWA INTERNATIONAL PATENT & TRADEMARK & LAW OFFICES.

Seminar:  Online Services and International Registration Procedures and Practical Approach to the Hague System

Seminar: Online Services and International Registration Procedures and Practical Approach to the Hague System

Register online now to attend a Hague Seminar at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 6, 2019. The Seminar will focus on maximizing the benefits of recent practical developments in the Hague Registry, including the new E-Filing interface, enhanced self-service electronic tools, and the ongoing geographical expansion of the Hague System.

copyright rules

New copyright rules for the internet approved by EP

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.


Madrid Information Notice – Singapore

Withdrawal of the notifications made under Rules 34(2)(b) and 40(6) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol: Singapore

33rd MARQUES Annual Conference

33rd MARQUES Annual Conference

Registration for the 33rd MARQUES Annual Conference is now open. The Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 17 to 20 September 2019 and will feature panel sessions, workshops and social activities.

Copyright Treaty

WIPO Copyright Treaty – accession by the Republic of Uzbekistan

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presented his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, on April 17, 2019, of its instrument of accession to the WIPO Copyright Treaty, adopted at Geneva on December 20, 1996. The WIPO Copyright Treaty […]

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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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