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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.

IP Horizon 5.0 Conference In  Alicante

IP Horizon 5.0 Conference In Alicante

On 26-27 September, the Office (EUIPO) will hold the IP Horizon 5.0 Conference: Mapping opportunities and challenges in a globalised economy.

IP offices

EPO meets with users and IP offices in Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Led by President António Campinos, an EPO delegation which included Nellie Simon, Vice-President Corporate Services, and Christoph Ernst, Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs, visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

legal texts

New trademark legal texts in Argentina

Decree No. 242/2019 of April 1, 2019, on Approval of the Regulation of Law No. 22.362 of December 26, 1980, on Trademarks and Designations 


Bulgaria – Positive political and economic outlook

Nikoly Vassilev, Managing partner and Executive director of Expat Capital, the largest independent asset management company in Bulgaria, recently published a report about the current political and economic state of the country. Report key points: As a NATO member since 2004 and an EU member since 2007, Bulgaria is enjoying political and economic stability Debt/GDP […]


Nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020

The nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2020 is now open. You can submit your nominations until 30 September 2019.


The dishwashing machine – an invention from 1886

To protect her fine china and avoid having to hand-wash them herself, Josephine Cochran set out to invent a better dishwashing machine. Widowed early in this effort, she worked tirelessly to build a successful prototype, sell her invention, and ultimately turn a tedious task into an iconic American appliance.

certification mark


Pueblo Chile Grower’s Association (the “Grower’s Association”) filed for a certification mark to cover Pueblo Chile grown in Pueblo Colorado for fresh chiles.


WIPO Re:Search – 150 Collaborations in the Fight Against NTDs, Malaria and Tuberculosis

WIPO Re:Search has recently surpassed 150 research collaborations in the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), malaria and tuberculosis (TB). This marks an important milestone for the consortium that aims to improve global health through the sharing of intellectual property (IP) protected materials and other know how.

patent information conference

EPO Patent Information Conference 2019

29-31 October 2019 Bucharest, Romania Registration is now open for the EPO’s Patent Information Conference 2019, taking place in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, from 29 to 31 October 2019 (with some training courses on 28 and 31 October).


The word “THE” protected by a trademark?

According to several trusted US media, Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “the” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The school has filed an application for trademark registration to the US Patent and Trademark Office.

COVID-19 pandemic

EUIPO open day on 7 September 2019

On Saturday 7 September, the EUIPO will hold an open day at its premises. This is the first time the Office has organised such an initiative, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of its foundation.

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