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NORWAY WILL BECOME A MEMBER OF THE EPO ON JANUARY 1, 2008

NORWAY WILL BECOME A MEMBER OF THE EPO ON JANUARY 1, 2008

On 11 June 2007, the parliament voted to ratify and accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). Norway will deposit the instrument of ratification with the German government in October and it will become a member of the EPO at the beginning of next year.

On 11 June 2007, the parliament voted to ratify and accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). Norway will deposit the instrument of ratification with the German government in October and it will become a member of the EPO at the beginning of next year.
Director General of WIPO and President of Bulgaria highlight the economic importance of creative industries

Director General of WIPO and President of Bulgaria highlight the economic importance of creative industries

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WIPO AND PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA HIGHLIGHT THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES 29.07.2008 The huge economic potential of the creative industries was at the heart of talks between the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Georgi Parvanov, […]

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WIPO AND PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA HIGHLIGHT THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES 29.07.2008 The huge economic potential of the creative industries was at the heart of talks between the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Georgi Parvanov, […]
CHINA HAS DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY THE FEES FOR PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS

CHINA HAS DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY THE FEES FOR PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS

The protection of new plant varieties has been an important part of the IPR protection strategy in China. The country launched the new regulations on protecting new plant varieties as early as 1997. On April 23, 1999 China acceded to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and became the 39th […]

The protection of new plant varieties has been an important part of the IPR protection strategy in China. The country launched the new regulations on protecting new plant varieties as early as 1997. On April 23, 1999 China acceded to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and became the 39th […]
BULGARIA PROVIDES SPECIAL SEARCH SERVICES

BULGARIA PROVIDES SPECIAL SEARCH SERVICES

Special search services are already provided by the national offices of the European patent organization’s member states starting on 1st September. This step is result of the decision of on Administrative Council (28 June 2007) of the European Patent Organization to stop the EPO’s Special Search Programme. The decision is related to the establishment of […]

Special search services are already provided by the national offices of the European patent organization’s member states starting on 1st September. This step is result of the decision of on Administrative Council (28 June 2007) of the European Patent Organization to stop the EPO’s Special Search Programme. The decision is related to the establishment of […]
ANGOLA ACCEDES TO WIPO'S PATENT COOPERATION TREATY

ANGOLA ACCEDES TO WIPO’S PATENT COOPERATION TREATY

Angola became the 138th contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) when it deposited its instrument of accession at WIPO on September 27, 2007. The Treaty will enter into force for Angola on December 27, 2007. The accession by Angola means that in any international application filed on or after December 27, 2007, Angola  will automatically […]

Angola became the 138th contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) when it deposited its instrument of accession at WIPO on September 27, 2007. The Treaty will enter into force for Angola on December 27, 2007. The accession by Angola means that in any international application filed on or after December 27, 2007, Angola  will automatically […]
THE CPC PRESENTED A DRAFT OF THE NEW LAW ON PROTECTION OF COMPETITION

THE CPC PRESENTED A DRAFT OF THE NEW LAW ON PROTECTION OF COMPETITION

On October 17, 2007 in Grand Hotel Bulgaria in Sofia was held a conference “Harmonization of National Legislation in the Area of Competition- a Precondition for the Effective Implementation of the European Law”. During the conference the Commission for Protection of Competition presented a draft of the new Law on Protection of Competition which was […]

On October 17, 2007 in Grand Hotel Bulgaria in Sofia was held a conference “Harmonization of National Legislation in the Area of Competition- a Precondition for the Effective Implementation of the European Law”. During the conference the Commission for Protection of Competition presented a draft of the new Law on Protection of Competition which was […]
INCREASING NUMBER OF ILLEGAL FLOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO ENTER THE EU

INCREASING NUMBER OF ILLEGAL FLOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO ENTER THE EU

In the end of November the Dutch customs authorities confiscated 20 000 cut roses at the Schiphol Airport. The action was organized after the special alert from the company Kordes from Sparrieshoop, near Humburg, the biggest European rose breeder. The confiscated roses were from the varieties “Pascha” and “Duet”. They were produced by an Ethiopian […]

In the end of November the Dutch customs authorities confiscated 20 000 cut roses at the Schiphol Airport. The action was organized after the special alert from the company Kordes from Sparrieshoop, near Humburg, the biggest European rose breeder. The confiscated roses were from the varieties “Pascha” and “Duet”. They were produced by an Ethiopian […]
CROATIA AND NORWAY ACCEDED TO THE EPO

CROATIA AND NORWAY ACCEDED TO THE EPO

Since 1 January 2008 Croatia and Norway are the new members of European Patent Organization (EPO). The accession of these countries brings the number of EPO member states to 34. The EPO comprises now all 27 members of the European Union and Croatia, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey. More information: http://www.epo.org/topics/news/2008/20080101.html

Since 1 January 2008 Croatia and Norway are the new members of European Patent Organization (EPO). The accession of these countries brings the number of EPO member states to 34. The EPO comprises now all 27 members of the European Union and Croatia, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Turkey. More information: http://www.epo.org/topics/news/2008/20080101.html
EC IN KOSOVO PUBLISHED A PROCUREMENT NOTICE FOR CONTRACT OF ASSISTANCE FOR THE PATENT OFFICE OF KOSOVO

EC IN KOSOVO PUBLISHED A PROCUREMENT NOTICE FOR CONTRACT OF ASSISTANCE FOR THE PATENT OFFICE OF KOSOVO

In its annual report for the development of Kosovo (Kosovo under UNSCR 1244, 2006 Progress report) the European Commission concluded that protection of intellectual, industrial and commercial property in Kosovo is insufficient. “The area has not yet been given appropriate administrative and political attention. Intellectual property rights are infringed upon in Kosovo in a widespread […]

In its annual report for the development of Kosovo (Kosovo under UNSCR 1244, 2006 Progress report) the European Commission concluded that protection of intellectual, industrial and commercial property in Kosovo is insufficient. “The area has not yet been given appropriate administrative and political attention. Intellectual property rights are infringed upon in Kosovo in a widespread […]
SLOVENIAN EU PRESIDENCY REVIVES DISCUSSIONS ON A COMMUNITY PATENT

SLOVENIAN EU PRESIDENCY REVIVES DISCUSSIONS ON A COMMUNITY PATENT

In March last year the European Commission adopted program titled “Enhancing the patent system in Europe”. Based on this document, the Slovenian EU Presidency states that it wishes to re-launch the efforts to create a Community Patent System. On March 12 the Council will discuss the new working document proposed by the Presidency: Community patent: […]

In March last year the European Commission adopted program titled “Enhancing the patent system in Europe”. Based on this document, the Slovenian EU Presidency states that it wishes to re-launch the efforts to create a Community Patent System. On March 12 the Council will discuss the new working document proposed by the Presidency: Community patent: […]
125 ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF PARIS CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY

125 ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF PARIS CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY

The Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property was signed in the French capital on 20 March, 1883 and is widely considered as the cornerstone of the international industrial property system. One of the main features of the treaty is that it establishes international standards requiring countries to apply the same level of protection to nationals of […]

The Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property was signed in the French capital on 20 March, 1883 and is widely considered as the cornerstone of the international industrial property system. One of the main features of the treaty is that it establishes international standards requiring countries to apply the same level of protection to nationals of […]
CANDIDATES FOR POST OF WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL PRESENT THEIR PLATFORMS IN INFORMAL MEETING IN GENEVA

CANDIDATES FOR POST OF WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL PRESENT THEIR PLATFORMS IN INFORMAL MEETING IN GENEVA

The fifteen candidates for the post of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) met with representatives of member states on April 14, 2008, each outlining his or her respective platform and responding to pre-submitted questions from the different regional groups. The Chairperson of the Coordination Committee – following informal consultations last month with […]

The fifteen candidates for the post of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) met with representatives of member states on April 14, 2008, each outlining his or her respective platform and responding to pre-submitted questions from the different regional groups. The Chairperson of the Coordination Committee – following informal consultations last month with […]
Search for existence of earlier trade-marks

Search for existence of earlier trade-marks

Since the 10th of March 2008 the search for existence of earlier trade-marks made by the national patents offices by application of Community Trade-Mark would be executed only after explicit request by the applicant.

Since the 10th of March 2008 the search for existence of earlier trade-marks made by the national patents offices by application of Community Trade-Mark would be executed only after explicit request by the applicant.
BULGARIAN MUSICIANS ALSO INSIST ON THE PROLONGATION OF THE TERM OF PROTECTION OF THEIR RIGHTS

BULGARIAN MUSICIANS ALSO INSIST ON THE PROLONGATION OF THE TERM OF PROTECTION OF THEIR RIGHTS

On December 17, representatives of Bulgarian Association of Phonogram Producers, Collective Society of Neighboring rights of Phonogram Producers and Performing Artists in Private Interests PROPHON, and the Department of Rock and Pop Music in the Union of Bulgarian Artists delivered to Mr.Stefan Danailov, Minister of Culture special “Petition for prolongation of the term of protection […]

On December 17, representatives of Bulgarian Association of Phonogram Producers, Collective Society of Neighboring rights of Phonogram Producers and Performing Artists in Private Interests PROPHON, and the Department of Rock and Pop Music in the Union of Bulgarian Artists delivered to Mr.Stefan Danailov, Minister of Culture special “Petition for prolongation of the term of protection […]
FIRST FIM INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA CONFERENCE

FIRST FIM INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA CONFERENCE

This event of worldwide importance is the first in its kind and represents a unique opportunity for exchange and dialogue for musicians from all types of orchestras (symphony or opera orchestras, chamber orchestras and instrumental ensembeles. The event is organized by International Federation of Musicians (FIM) and will take place in Berlin from 7 to […]

This event of worldwide importance is the first in its kind and represents a unique opportunity for exchange and dialogue for musicians from all types of orchestras (symphony or opera orchestras, chamber orchestras and instrumental ensembeles. The event is organized by International Federation of Musicians (FIM) and will take place in Berlin from 7 to […]