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Eurasian Patent Convention

Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention

On September 9, 2019, the Diplomatic Conference on the Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (Industrial Designs Protocol) was held in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

IP Horizon 5.0 Conference In  Alicante

IP Horizon 5.0 Conference In Alicante

On 26-27 September, the Office (EUIPO) will hold the IP Horizon 5.0 Conference: Mapping opportunities and challenges in a globalised economy.

IP offices

EPO meets with users and IP offices in Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Led by President António Campinos, an EPO delegation which included Nellie Simon, Vice-President Corporate Services, and Christoph Ernst, Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs, visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

legal texts

New trademark legal texts in Argentina

Decree No. 242/2019 of April 1, 2019, on Approval of the Regulation of Law No. 22.362 of December 26, 1980, on Trademarks and Designations 


Bulgaria – Positive political and economic outlook

Nikoly Vassilev, Managing partner and Executive director of Expat Capital, the largest independent asset management company in Bulgaria, recently published a report about the current political and economic state of the country. Report key points: As a NATO member since 2004 and an EU member since 2007, Bulgaria is enjoying political and economic stability Debt/GDP […]


Nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020

The nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020 is now open. You can submit your nominations until 30 September 2019.


The dishwashing machine – an invention from 1886

To protect her fine china and avoid having to hand-wash them herself, Josephine Cochran set out to invent a better dishwashing machine. Widowed early in this effort, she worked tirelessly to build a successful prototype, sell her invention, and ultimately turn a tedious task into an iconic American appliance.

certification mark


Pueblo Chile Grower’s Association (the “Grower’s Association”) filed for a certification mark to cover Pueblo Chile grown in Pueblo Colorado for fresh chiles.


WIPO Re:Search – 150 Collaborations in the Fight Against NTDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis

WIPO Re:Search has recently surpassed 150 research collaborations in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), malaria and tuberculosis (TB). This marks an important milestone for the consortium that aims to improve global health through the sharing of intellectual property (IP) protected materials and other know how.

patent information conference

EPO Patent Information Conference 2019

29-31 October 2019 Bucharest, Romania Registration is now open for the EPO’s Patent Information Conference 2019, taking place in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, from 29 to 31 October 2019 (with some training courses on 28 and 31 October).


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.

registration process

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).