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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO is waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature for certain […]

All deadlines in EUIPO extended due to COVID-19

All deadlines in EUIPO extended due to COVID-19

On the 16th of March the EUIPO issued the following statement:

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USPTO closes facilities to the public

The USPTO issued the following statement: “Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and USPTO employees, all USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. USPTO offices will remain open for employees, contractors, and those with access badges.  Unless otherwise notified, USPTO […]

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Romanian Patent Office closed due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Due to the identification of an employee that has been tested positive with regards to the Novel Coronavirus, the Romanian Office has closed its offices and will resume normal operations on Monday, March 16, 2020.

New Law on Marks and Geographical indications in Bulgaria and its entry in force

New Law on Marks and Geographical indications in Bulgaria and its entry in force

On the 13th of December 2019th in the official gazette was published the new Law on Marks and Geographical indications (Law on Marks and GIs). The law was voted in the parliament on the 28th of November and entered in force on the 17th of December.

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IACC Annual Conference 2020 – Rescheduled

The IACC Annual Conference scheduled for April 22– 24 in Singapore has been rescheduled due to the ongoing health risks posed by the COVID-19.

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New Zealand is already part of TMview search tool

Earlier this month, the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) made its trade mark data available in the TMview search tool and became one of its participating offices.

DECISION No EX-20-1 of the Executive Director of EUIPO concerning the extension of time limits

DECISION No EX-20-1 of the Executive Director of EUIPO concerning the extension of time limits

The Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (the Office), Having regard to Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the European Union trade mark(1) (EUTMR) and in particular Article 157(4)(a) thereof, pursuant to which the Executive Director of the Office must take all […]

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INTA cancels its annual meeting due to coronavirus threat

INTA’s 2020 Annual Meeting was scheduled for April 25–29, in Singapore. Last Friday, the International Trademark Association announced on its special Annual Meeting website that the event is being relocated to a date in May or June and a venue in the United States. More details are expected soon.

Hague System international registrations after Brexit

Hague System international registrations after Brexit

Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: implications for international registrations under the Hague System 1. The Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community […]

Brexit - Implications for International Applications and Registrations

Brexit – Implications for International Applications and Registrations

Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Implications for International Applications and Registrations Under the Madrid System

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Statement of the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands regarding IPR for medicines

“Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are a key component of countries that embrace the rule of law. IPR is critical for any economy that wants to foster a culture of innovation, risk taking, and entrepreneurship.

Updated information regarding Brexit impact on EUTMs and RCDs

Updated information regarding Brexit impact on EUTMs and RCDs

On 1 February 2020 the UK will leave the EU in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement  concluded between the EU and the UK.

Election of WIPO Director General

Election of WIPO Director General

The term of office of WIPO Director General will expire on September 30, 2020.

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Copyright protection for Emojis

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