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.БГ – new Cyrillic country-code top level domain

.БГ – new Cyrillic country-code top level domain

In the beginning of 2017 was launched the new Cyrillic country-code top level domain .бг. It is the Cyrillic equivalent to .bg. The domain name is under the category of internationalized country-code top level domains (IND ccTLD). These domains are available for end users in their native script or specific alphabet. In connection with the […]

NEW STANDARD TO FACILITATE THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF SEED

NEW STANDARD TO FACILITATE THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT OF SEED

A new International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on the International Movement of Seed was adopted in Incheon, South Korea today (6 April 2017). This will allow companies to move seed for planting across borders with greater efficiency, while minimizing and managing the risk associated with the movement of seed. The standard will enable the […]

EUIPO announced that it is preparing for the Second phase of legislative changes which will start as of  1 October 2017

EUIPO announced that it is preparing for the Second phase of legislative changes which will start as of 1 October 2017

According to the announcement of the office: “On 23 March 2016, the first wave of changes brought about by the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 (the Amending Regulation) came into force. However, some parts of the Amending Regulation will only apply from 1 October 2017. Additionally, the Amending Regulation also provides that the […]

New PCT Contracting State - Jordan

New PCT Contracting State – Jordan

On 9 March 2017, Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Saja Majali, deposited her country’s instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. Jordan thus becomes the 152nd Contracting State of the PCT.On 9 June 2017, Jordan will become bound […]

Antigua and Barbuda - International Registration of Marks

Antigua and Barbuda – International Registration of Marks

Declarations made under Article 5(2)(b) and (c) and Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol: Antigua and Barbuda 1. On January 9, 2017, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) received from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda the declaration referred to in Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol, whereby the […]

Madrid Registry Streamlines Customer Queries

Madrid Registry Streamlines Customer Queries

As part of ongoing efforts to improve customer service and user experience, the World Intellectual Property Organization introduced a new Automatic Call Distribution system yesterday, Monday, February 27. Based on the nature of your inquiry, the call will be directed to the appropriate WIPO professional, who will ensure your question is promptly and effectively addressed. […]

INTERNATIONAL SEED SECTOR RENEWS ITS COMMITMENT TO CROP DIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL SEED SECTOR RENEWS ITS COMMITMENT TO CROP DIVERSITY

On a visit to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway,  on 23 February, the International Seed Federation (ISF) highlighted the ongoing responsibility shared by governments and the private seed sector to support the conservation of plant genetic resources and maintain crop diversity. The seed vault houses the world’s largest collection of plant genetic resources […]

Iceland changed the amounts of individual fee regarding international registration of trade marks

Iceland changed the amounts of individual fee regarding international registration of trade marks

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks 1.The Government of Iceland has notified to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) a declaration modifying the amounts of the individual fee payable with respect to Iceland under Article 8(7) of the Madrid Protocol. 2.In accordance with Rule 35(2)(b) of the Common Regulations […]

Brunei Darussalam is already part of the Madrid System

Brunei Darussalam is already part of the Madrid System

On October 6, 2016, the Government of Brunei Darussalam deposited with the Director General of WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks. Brunei is the 98th member of the Madrid System. The Protocol will enter into force with respect to Brunei Darussalam on January 6, 2017. Starting […]

Accessions to the Madrid Agreement are freezed

Accessions to the Madrid Agreement are freezed

During October, in Geneva was conducted the 50th session of the Madrid Union Assembly. Within the session a landmark decision to freeze accessions to the Madrid Agreement was made. Algeria accessed the Madrid Protocol in October 2015. It was the last remaining member to be a Party only to the Madrid Agreement. The country joined […]

United States of America  and the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs  - first HAGUE design already registered

United States of America and the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs – first HAGUE design already registered

On 13.02. 2015, the United States of America deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“Hague Agreement”) with the International Bureau of World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). This marked the last step in the membership process for the United States to become […]

Bulgaria becomes ratifies the Unitary Patent Convention (UPC) Agreement

Bulgaria becomes ratifies the Unitary Patent Convention (UPC) Agreement

On 3 June 2016 Bulgaria became the 10th country to ratify the Unitary Patent Convention (UPC) Agreement. The other countries so far are Finland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Malta, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, France and Austria. The unitary patent system requires 13 countries to ratify, including the UK, France and Germany. So apart from the UK and Germany, […]

USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

USPTO To Expand Law School Clinic Certification Program

Program now accepting law school clinic submissions on a rolling basis Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it opened the current Law School Clinic Certification Program (Program) to admit additional schools to commence participation in the Program. This Program allows law students to practice patent and/or trademark law before […]

JAGUAR LAND ROVER (JLR) REGISTERS 3D AUTOMOBILE DESIGN

JAGUAR LAND ROVER (JLR) REGISTERS 3D AUTOMOBILE DESIGN

Jaguar Land Rover applied for the 3D Automobile design for “[m]otor land vehicles and structural parts therefor.” Below is the original drawing of the mark: With evidence of use of the automobile as follows: The design code (DC) attributed to the 3D Automobile Design is 18.05.01 which encompasses all types of automobiles and all types of designs, […]

USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

Nominations must be received by July 25, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 25, […]