Archive: August, 2019


The word “THE” protected by a trademark?

According to several trusted US media, Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “the” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The school has filed an application for trademark registration to the US Patent and Trademark Office.


EUIPO open day on 7 September 2019

On Saturday 7 September, the EUIPO will hold an open day at its premises. This is the first time the Office has organised such an initiative, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of its foundation.

Guidelines for Third-Party Observations on Trademark Applications for Registration

Guidelines for Third-Party Observations on Trademark Applications for Registration

In order to cover shortage of information during the trademark examination, enable examiners to investigate the evidence ex officio, avoid applications filed in bad faith and enhance the validity of trademark registrations, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) prescribed “Guidelines for third-party observations on trademark applications for registration“, which have been announced to implement on June […]

dispute resolution

WIPO provides domain name dispute resolution services for .CN and .中国

As of August 1, 2019, WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center became the only non-Chinese entity to provide domain name dispute resolution services for the .CN and .中国 (China) country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), one of the world’s largest ccTLDs.

audio streaming

Lars Liljeryd – music and innovations

Convenient audio streaming, storage and playback would hardly be imaginable without the contributions of Swedish sound specialist Lars Liljeryd (finalist for the European Inventor Award 2017).

Eligibility for Reductions in Certain PCT Fees

Eligibility for Reductions in Certain PCT Fees

Applicability of 75% reduction in certain fees at the European Patent Office

indigenous peoples

The Role Of World’s Indigenous Peoples

There are approximately 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They speak a majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

visual search

Visual search for TMview extended to Croatia

TMview’s visual search facility, which allows users to search for trade marks in the world’s largest free, online trade mark database, has been extended to one more intellectual property office.

the Madrid Protocol

Brazil: individual fee payable in two parts

Declaration made under Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol and notification made under Rule 34(3)(a) of the Common Regulations

Taiwan - New Measures for Technical Evaluation Report for Utility Model Patent

Taiwan – New Measures for Technical Evaluation Report for Utility Model Patent

TIPO has revised the measures for technical evaluation report for utility model patent to provide more sufficient opportunities for the patentee to file a response to explain the technical features of the utility model patent in conditions of unfavorable technical evaluations.

innovation quality

Shifting focus from innovation quantity to innovation quality remains a priority

Assessing the quality, rather than only the quantity, of innovation inputs and outputs has become an overarching concern to the innovation policy community.


McDonald’s loses exclusive use of “Mc”

American fast food giant McDonald’s has suffered a fresh blow to its “Mc” trademark, losing its exclusive claim to the use of the prefix on a number of its products and services. Irish company Supermac’s, which operates over one hundred food outlets in the Republic of Ireland, achieved partial success following its complaint to the […]

Cyprus has upgraded online services for trade marks

Cyprus has upgraded online services for trade marks

The Cypriot Department of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver (CY DRCOR), with the support of  the EUIPO’s European Cooperation Projects, has upgraded  its existing online services for trade marks.


The power of dreams – inventor flew the English Channel with a “flyboard”

On August 4, the French inventor Franky Zapata succeeded in achieving his dream and crossed the English Channel with the help of his invention, the Flyboard Air platform.

invalidity action

EUIPO – invalidity action brought against Porsche 911

The General Court (GC) has held that the design of the model 911 of Porsche’s 991 series (2011 model year) does not have sufficient individual character compared with its predecessor, model 911 of the 997 series (2008 model year).

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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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