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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 […]

Legislative amendments regarding EU certification marks

Legislative amendments regarding EU certification marks

Certification marks are a new kind of trade mark at EU level, although they have existed in certain national level systems in the EU for some years. The European Union certification mark is defined as a mark that is “capable of distinguishing goods or services which are certified by the proprietor of the mark in […]

Changes in the EUTM Law regarding graphical representation

Changes in the EUTM Law regarding graphical representation

The graphical representation requirement no longer applies when submitting a trade mark application as and from 1 October 2017. This means that, from that date, signs can be represented in any appropriate form using generally available technology, as long as the representation is clear, precise, self-contained, easily accessible, intelligible, durable and objective. The result is a ‘what you see is […]

Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 amending the Community trade mark regulation entered into force

Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 amending the Community trade mark regulation entered into force

On 23 March 2016, Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation (the Amending Regulation) entered into force. Among other things, the Amending Regulation changed: the name of the Office to the European Union Intellectual Property Office; the name of the trade mark administered by the Office to […]

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 […]