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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, […]

TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE

TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM UPDATE

As reported in the October 12, 2015 Blog post (see USPTO INSTITUTES PILOT PROGRAM TO ADDRESS CHANGES IN TECHNOLOGY), the USPTO launched a program to allow registrants to update registrations that contained outmoded technology in the list of goods/services to new or neutral technology. This would allow registrants to maintain registrations that would otherwise be […]

David Ruschke Appointed Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge

David Ruschke Appointed Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of David P. Ruschke as new Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Ruschke will begin his new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on May 23, 2016. “The Patent Trial and Appeal Board plays […]

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS

THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS

The unforeseen consequences of the problems associated with the office’s use of the BRI standard adversely affect the pragmatic arguments in support of the non-reviewable provision of 35 U.S.C. § 314(d) in the first place. Hypothetically setting the constitutional concerns aside and focusing purely on pragmatism it would seem that if the USPTO used the […]

THE DIFFERING CLAIM INTERPRETATION METHODS

THE DIFFERING CLAIM INTERPRETATION METHODS

The USPTO uses a claim interpretation standard known as the “Broadest Reasonable Interpretation” during administrative trials. This method, while similar to that used at District Courts is notably more expansive – meaning it has the ability to infuse additional ambiguity into claim language and the potential to invalidate more patents than the “ordinary meaning” standard […]

Bulgarian school celebrated World Intellectual Property Day

Bulgarian school celebrated World Intellectual Property Day

Jordan Yovkov” School in Sofia, Bulgaria celebrated World intellectual property day in cooperation with the portal for intellectual property ipbulgaria.bg. There was a presentation for the students of class 11a entitled “April 26, World Intellectual Property Day.” The aim was to raise awareness among students – their understanding of intellectual property. To get acquainted with […]