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Intellectual Property Laws Amendment in Australia

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Act 2020  of Australia contains eight schedules. It enters into force on different dates: February 27, 2020 (Schedule 1, Part 1 and Schedules 2 to 7), August 26, 2020 (Schedule 8) and August 26, 2021 (Schedule 1, Part 2).

Serbia adopted new Law on Trademarks

Serbia adopted new Law on Trademarks

The Law on Trademarks (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia No. 6/2020) was adopted on January 24, 2020, and entered into force on February 1, 2020.

Further extension of EUIPO deadlines

Further extension of EUIPO deadlines

A notification on EUIPO website shows that the Executive Director Christian Archambeau has published a new Decision concerning the extension of time limits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WORLD IP DAY 2020 – Innovate for a Green Future

On April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day. The date is set by the Member States of WIPO at a meeting of the General Assembly in October 1999 with the aim of increasing general understanding of intellectual property. April 26th is the day on which in 1970 the […]

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Recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the recipients of the 2019 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals and law firms who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses.

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European Patent Office (EPO) further extends deadlines due COVID-19

On the 16th of April the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a further notice  concerning the disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak informing the users about the following:

Australia

IP Australia joins global trade mark search tool TMView

As of 6 April 2020, IP Australia has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. TMview is an online consultation tool allowing any Internet user to search for, free of charge, the trade marks of all trade mark offices involved in the initiative.

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EUIPO – misleading invoice alert – fake decisions!

There is a new misleading invoice in circulation, which takes the form of a fake EUIPO decision.

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Industrial Designs – Remedies in Case of Failure to Meet a Time Limit and Extension of Time Limits in Case of Closure

Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

A Message to INTA Members from Association President Ayala Deutsch

A Message to INTA Members from Association President Ayala Deutsch

INTA President Ayala Deutsch (NBA Properties Inc., USA) shares a message with INTA members, emphasizing that the work of the Association continues among INTA staff and volunteers during the global COVID-19 crisis.

Remedies available against failure to meet a time limit under the Madrid System

Remedies available against failure to meet a time limit under the Madrid System

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Iceland

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Iceland

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Unified Patent Court

Decision on a complaint against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Last week, the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) issued a long-awaited judgment on a complaint filed against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.

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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: