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Canada with withdrawal of its notification of incompatibility under PCT Rule 49ter.1(g)

Withdrawal of Notifications of Incompatibility of Certain Modified PCT Rules with National Laws

DesignEuropa Awards

Third edition of the DesignEuropa Awards

The DesignEuropa Awards, which celebrate excellence in design and design management, are now open for applications and nominations.

EPO - international co-operation on patents

EPO – international co-operation on patents

To strengthen international co-operation on patents, a delegation from the EPO met with representatives of intellectual property offices from around the world on the fringes of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva and signed a number of agreements.

USPTO - Update on patent subject matter eligibility

USPTO – Update on patent subject matter eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today provided notice of an update to the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance (2019 PEG).   The October 2019 Update responds to public comments regarding the 2019 PEG. The update does not change the 2019 PEG, but provides further explanation on how the USPTO applies such […]


Slovenian SIPO launches Project Management Office

The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), with the support of EUIPO’s European Cooperation Projects and within the framework of the ‘ECP5 Project Management Certification for IP Offices’ project, recently became the first office to set up a Project Management Office (PMO).

Samoa is the new PCT contracting state

Samoa is the new PCT contracting state

On 2 October 2019, Samoa deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT. Thus, it became the 153rd PCT Contracting State and on 2 January 2020, will become bound by the PCT.

CP11 Project – New Types of Trade Mark

CP11 Project – New Types of Trade Mark

The draft Common Practice of the project CP11 ‘New Types of Trade Mark – Examination of formal requirements and absolute grounds for refusal and invalidity’ has been made available in English for comments. This publication refers only to the work-stream 1 of the project: Examination of formalities and absolute grounds for refusal and invalidity.


IP Economic Research Guidelines Promote Evidence-Based Policymaking

The World Intellectual Property Organization and its partners have developed a new set of guidelines to raise the quality bar for economic studies. Their aim is also to promote awareness of the need for strong empirical research to help guide policymakers across the globe.

Japanese Inventor with Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Japanese Inventor with Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino, winner of the European Inventor Award 2019, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year.

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.

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