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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.

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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:

Australia

IP Australia joins global trade mark search tool TMView

As of 6 April 2020, IP Australia has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. TMview is an online consultation tool allowing any Internet user to search for, free of charge, the trade marks of all trade mark offices involved in the initiative.

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EUIPO – misleading invoice alert – fake decisions!

There is a new misleading invoice in circulation, which takes the form of a fake EUIPO decision.

remedies

Industrial Designs – Remedies in Case of Failure to Meet a Time Limit and Extension of Time Limits in Case of Closure

Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

A Message to INTA Members from Association President Ayala Deutsch

A Message to INTA Members from Association President Ayala Deutsch

INTA President Ayala Deutsch (NBA Properties Inc., USA) shares a message with INTA members, emphasizing that the work of the Association continues among INTA staff and volunteers during the global COVID-19 crisis.

Remedies available against failure to meet a time limit under the Madrid System

Remedies available against failure to meet a time limit under the Madrid System

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Iceland

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Iceland

Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks

Unified Patent Court

Decision on a complaint against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Last week, the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) issued a long-awaited judgment on a complaint filed against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.

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USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of COVID-19 to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO is waiving the requirements of 37 CFR 1.4(e)(1) and (2) for an original handwritten signature for certain […]

All deadlines in EUIPO extended due to COVID-19

All deadlines in EUIPO extended due to COVID-19

On the 16th of March the EUIPO issued the following statement:

USPTO offices

USPTO closes facilities to the public

The USPTO issued the following statement: “Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and USPTO employees, all USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. USPTO offices will remain open for employees, contractors, and those with access badges.  Unless otherwise notified, USPTO […]

Coronavirus

Romanian Patent Office closed due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Due to the identification of an employee that has been tested positive with regards to the Novel Coronavirus, the Romanian Office has closed its offices and will resume normal operations on Monday, March 16, 2020.

New Law on Marks and Geographical indications in Bulgaria and its entry in force

New Law on Marks and Geographical indications in Bulgaria and its entry in force

On the 13th of December 2019th in the official gazette was published the new Law on Marks and Geographical indications (Law on Marks and GIs). The law was voted in the parliament on the 28th of November and entered in force on the 17th of December.

IACC

IACC Annual Conference 2020 – Rescheduled

The IACC Annual Conference scheduled for April 22– 24 in Singapore has been rescheduled due to the ongoing health risks posed by the COVID-19.

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