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trademark renewal

Upcoming deadline for trademark renewal in Rwanda

Тrademarks filed prior to the coming into force of Rwanda Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property are scheduled for renewal by 14 December 2019.

general court

Additional Judges in The General Court of the European Union

In its press release No111/19, The General Court of the European Union announced the welcoming of additional Judges.

Marrakesh Treaty

Venezuela and New Zealand Join Marrakesh Treaty

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry welcomed Venezuela and New Zealand to the Marakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

industrial property office

100th anniversary of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Property Office (IPO) of the Czech Republic. On the occasion IPO organized an international conference in Prague. At the one-day conference, participants explored the latest developments in patents and intellectual property.

application system

New requirements for using Trademark electronic application system of USPTO

On October 26, 2019 the way customers access the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and TEASi (international) will change. To access and file forms, they will need to log in to a USPTO.gov account with a two-step authentication. The aim of these measures is to better track filing activity and reduce misuse of our electronic […]


Thailand trade mark data available through TMview

Since 27 September 2019, Thailand is part of the TMview search tool. The Department of Intellectual Property under the of Ministry of Commerce in Thailand (DIP) has made its trade mark data available to the users of TMview.


Malaysia is already part of the Madrid System

On September 27, 2019, the Government of Malaysia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General, making Malaysia the 106th member of the Madrid System, which now covers 122 countries. The Protocol will enter into force for Malaysia on December 27th, 2019.

economic growth

Industries that use intellectual property rights generate 45% of GDP in the EU

Industries that make intensive use of intellectual property rights (IPRs) such as patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright generate 45% of GDP (EUR 6.6 trillion) in the EU annually. They also account for 63 million jobs (29% of all jobs). A further 21 million people are employed in sectors that supply these industries with goods […]

patent registration

Naturally obtained plants and seeds are not subject to patent registration

Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution last Thursday.

EU enforcement

EU enforcement of intellectual property rights

In 2012 the EUIPO created the Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST). In 2013, following the mandate to its European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, the EUIPO made the ACIST database available to all law enforcement authorities in every EU Member State, thus launching the ‘ACIST community’.

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

Electronic Filing and Processing of International Applications

Nicaragua: Registry of Intellectual Property (Nicaragua) to begin receiving and processing international applications in electronic form

patent applications

EPO and USPTO discussed recent IP developments

EPO President António Campinos met with Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Andrei Iancu in Munich on 12 September. They discussed recent developments in intellectual property and co-operation between the two offices.

IP portal

New IP portal launched by WIPO

WIPO has launched its new IP Portal, a one-stop shop to the Organization’s full range of online intellectual property (IP) services. For users of WIPO’s IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, the IP Portal will provide greater consistency in how they interact with WIPO, while maintaining the underlying business processes.

Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation

Enhanced Back Office System by the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation

The Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI), with the support of the EUIPO’s European Cooperation projects, has implemented an enhanced back office system.

Eurasian Patent Convention

Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention

On September 9, 2019, the Diplomatic Conference on the Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (Industrial Designs Protocol) was held in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.