Amendments to the Trade-marks Regulations and the Patent Rules coming into force on April 1, 2014

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office reminds that the recent amendments to the Trade-Marks Regulations and to sections 16 and 17 of the Patent Rules will be coming into force on April 1, 2014. CIPO underlines the following regulatory changes as most interesting: “Recognition of up to 12 months of practical experience for persons who are entitled to practice before […]

cipoThe Canadian Intellectual Property Office reminds that the recent amendments to the Trade-Marks Regulations and to sections 16 and 17 of the Patent Rules will be coming into force on April 1, 2014.

CIPO underlines the following regulatory changes as most interesting:

  • “Recognition of up to 12 months of practical experience for persons who are entitled to practice before the trade-marks or patent office of another country.
  • Application of a uniform set of requirements so that anyone seeking to have their name entered, or reinstated, on the list of trade-mark agents must first have passed the qualifying examination.
  • Removal of the name of an agent from the respective list or register of agents if the agent fails to pay the renewal fee within the prescribed time or if the agent no longer meets the requirements by which their name was entered on the list or register.
  • Elimination of the requirement for the Office to issue a notice requiring compliance prior to removing a name from the respective list or register of agents.”

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    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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