Archive: November, 2019


Copyright protection for Emojis

Copyright may protect individual emojis, emoji sets and “house styles.”


Hague Agreement – Change in the amounts of individual designation fee: Canada

The Government of Canada has notified to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) a declaration modifying the amounts of the individual designation fee payable in connection with an international application in which Canada is designated, and in connection with the renewal of an international registration designating Canada, under Article7(2) of the […]


Chile joins TMclass

As of 25 November 2019, the National Institute of Industrial Property Office of Chile (INAPI) has joined TMclass with the latest version of the Nice classification.


INTA adopts resolution affirming opposition to branding restrictions

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has adopted a resolution that reinforces the Association’s stance against increasing and more expansive government restrictions on how a brand symbol can be used or displayed on a product or in association with services, including prohibiting the use of the brand symbol and restrictions on its capitalization, font, size, location, […]

Electronic filing and processing of international applications

Electronic filing and processing of international applications

Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam (IP Viet Nam), State Agency on Intellectual Property (Republic of Moldova) and National Institute for Standardization and Industrial Property (INNORPI) (Tunisia) to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form.


Espacenet – improved access to world’s largest free collection of patent documents

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released the new Espacenet, a substantially revised and improved version of the Office’s patent information search tool. New Espacenet’s state-of-the-art features and enhanced functionality will make it even easier for users to conduct patent searches and access over 110 million patent documents from all over the world free-of-charge.


Patents for Humanity Awards Competition

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges.

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Second Annual WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum

One hundred and twenty eight judges from 74 countries gathered at WIPO headquarters in Geneva for the second annual Intellectual Property Judges Forum, which provides a global platform for judges to share expertise on the most pressing IP questions raised by accelerating innovation and the cross-border use of IP.

The Estonian Patent Office digitises 55,000 dossiers

The Estonian Patent Office digitises 55,000 dossiers

The Estonian Patent Office (EPA) has implemented the European Cooperation project ‘ECP5: Capture and Store Historical Files’.

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Significant Improvement of Belarus IP System

Belarus has six laws that regulate IP rights. These laws are reviewed and improved periodically to ensure they keep pace with technological developments and are in line with international IP standards.


Ecuador joins DesignView search tool

As of 11 November 2019, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) has made its design data available to the DesignView search tools.


Comprehensive strategic partnership between EPO and CNIPA

At their annual meeting in Suzhou today, EPO President António Campinos and the Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), Shen Changyu, agreed to enhance their bilateral co-operation in the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee:  Colombia

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Colombia

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks


Conference on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Value Addition

November 5 – 8, 2019 Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

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European patents help SMEs commercialise high-potential inventions

A new study published this week by the European Patent Office (EPO) finds that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rely on European patents to protect their high-potential inventions and that two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited.