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the trademark

The proof of use of a trademark for services rendered outside the territory in which it is registered

Spain: The scenarios in which proof of use can be required have increased. Thereby, in opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings, the party being attacked can request the proof of use of the other party’s trademark (in addition to the revocation procedure for lack of use and as a defense in the scenario of the infringement).

Spain: The scenarios in which proof of use can be required have increased. Thereby, in opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings, the party being attacked can request the proof of use of the other party’s trademark (in addition to the revocation procedure for lack of use and as a defense in the scenario of the infringement).
sui generis regimes

Sui generis regimes for the IP protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions

The World intellectual property organization has collected, compiled and made available online information on a number of national and regional sui generis regimes for the intellectual property protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

Depositing Office

EUIPO – DAS Depositing Office from July 11

DAS, WIPO’s Digital Access Service is an electronic system allowing priority documents and similar documents to be securely exchanged between participating intellectual property (IP) offices. The system makes it easier for applicants and offices to meet the requirements of the Paris Convention for certification in an electronic environment.

domain names protection

Joint trademarks and domain names protection

EUIPO and EURid, the .eu, .ею and .ευ TLD register are working to strengthen their cooperation. The aim of both organizations is to facilitate the activities of applicants and owners of trademarks and domain names, with a focus on small and medium enterprises.

COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is starting a new COVID-19 prioritized examination program for certain trademark and service mark applications. USPTO will accept petitions to advance the initial examination of applications for marks used to identify qualifying COVID-19 medical products and services.

patent enforcement

Case law India – patent enforcement during post-grant opposition period

In February 2020 the Single Judge (“SJ”) of the Delhi High Court (“DHC”) passed a decision on the contentious issue of patent enforcement during post-grant opposition period. Section 25(2) of Indian patent law provides one year period from the date of publication of grant of a patent for giving a notice of opposition.

digital service

WIPO PROOF – the new business digital service by WIPO provides evidence of an intellectual asset’s existence

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a new business digital service. It provides evidence of the existence of intellectual asset. “WIPO PROOF” was launched on May 27th this year and will protect against forgery of all digital files, in any format. The aim is to have proof of the existence of the specific asset at every […]

musical works

Rental of cars with radios is not communication of musical works to the public

One of the most controversial issues in case law is that of the interpretation of the concept of “right of communication to the public under copyright”. Thanks to case C-753/2018, the Court of Justice has the opportunity to establish certain principles, on the basis of which to determine more what concerns the right of communication […]

Beijing Treaty

The Beijing Treaty can now go national

Protection of Audiovisual Performances in force since April 28th, 2020

Australia

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.

intellectual property day

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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Examination Program

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.

deadlines

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:

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