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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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    The amending Regulation also revises the fees payable to the Office, including an overall reduction in their amounts, particularly in the case of trade mark renewal fees. On 23.3. 2016, the Office’s online application forms and fee calculator will be automatically updated to reflect the new system.
    From its base in Alicante, Spain, OHIM has processed more than 1.3 million Community trade mark applications in 23 EU languages, from nearly every country and region in the world, since 1996.

    The Amending Regulation was published on 24 December 2015 and is part of the EU trade mark reform legislative package that also includes the replacement of the existing EU Trade Mark Directive (Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council).

    OHIM is the EU’s largest decentralised agency. It is entirely self-financed, receiving no funding from the EU Budget. As well as managing the Community trade mark and the registered Community design (RCD), it works in collaboration with the EU national and regional IP offices to build a stronger IP system across the EU for the benefit of users.

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