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European patents in Tunisia: Validation agreement between EPO and Tunisia to enter into force on 1 December

European patents in Tunisia: Validation agreement between EPO and Tunisia to enter into force on 1 December

The President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli, and the Director-General of Tunisia’s National Standardisation and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI), Amel Ben Farhat, announced on 04.10.2017 that starting 1 December 2017 European patents can be validated in Tunisia and thus regarded as national Tunisian ones. The validation agreement with Tunisia, the third to enter […]

Madrid System

Indonesia joints the Madrid System

The Government of Indonesia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Indonesia the 100th member of the Madrid Union. The Protocol will enter into force for Indonesia on January 2, 2018. Starting January 2, local brand owners in Indonesia can file a single international application under the Madrid System to protect their marks in […]

Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms

Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms

The EUIPO through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has launched a report on Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms. The report uses data from the Community Innovation Survey for 24 EU Member States to examine the economic importance of trade secrets and their relation with […]

EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

From 1 July 2017, the EPO will no longer grant patents for plants and animals exclusively obtained by means of an “essentially biological process”. The press release of the EPO from 29.06.2017 states the following: On a proposal of the European Patent Office its Administrative Council took a decision to amend the relevant Regulations in order […]

CIOPORA Works With UK, EU Governments to Protect Plant Breeders Throughout Brexit

CIOPORA Works With UK, EU Governments to Protect Plant Breeders Throughout Brexit

HAMBURG, July 20, 2017 — CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, is working with United Kingdom and European Union government bodies to ensure a smooth transition for the horticulture plant breeding industry throughout the Brexit process. “Nearly all commercially important ornamental and fruit varieties grown and consumed in the […]

CIOPORA Elects New Board, President Steve Hutton of Star Roses & Plants

CIOPORA Elects New Board, President Steve Hutton of Star Roses & Plants

Election and Related Discussions Take Place During Association’s AGM 2017 in Toronto HAMBURG, May 19, 2017 — CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, held elections for a new Board and President during the association’s 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held April 24-28 in Toronto.  Steve Hutton, President and CEO […]

New Classification Guidelines published by WIPO

New Classification Guidelines published by WIPO

The Nice Classification (NCL), established by the Nice Agreement (1957), is an international classification of goods and services applied for the registration of marks.  The eleventh edition of the NCL came into force on January 1, 2017. The authentic texts of the Nice Classification (in English and in French) are published online by WIPO. By decision […]

Trademark manual of examining procedure

Trademark manual of examining procedure

The USPTO has issued the April 2017 Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP). This revision clarifies USPTO trademark policies and practices. It includes relevant Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and court decisions reported before March 1, 2017. This revision supersedes prior versions of the TMEP, examination guides, or any other statement of USPTO policy to the extent […]

EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

The opposition against EUTM application No. 014297006 Garden CREATIONS Y filed by AGRO-BIO TRADING OOD, represented by IP Consulting, pursuant to Article 8(1)(b)EUTMR was settled as the trade mark was rejected for all the contested goods against which the opposition was filed pursuant to the final decision of the Operations Department rendered in opposition No. […]

The sale of a multimedia player could constitute an infringement of copyright

The sale of a multimedia player could constitute an infringement of copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union published the following press release on 26 April 2017 concerning Judgment in Case C-527/15, according to which the court has indicated that “The sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute […]

.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 […]

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 […]