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European Inventor Award

European Inventor Award 2022 – an invitation to European patent attorneys by the EPO

The European Inventor Award organised every year by the European Patent Office, and supported by epi, broke new ground in 2021 and was held in an all-digital format for the first time in its history. The live ceremony reached thousands of viewers worldwide, and subsequent media coverage has been impressive, receiving over 3 500 reports in journals, blogs, websites […]


China – intellectual property key for innovation

China will take new steps to reform government functions regarding intellectual property to facilitate entrepreneurial activity and innovation and boost innovation by market entities, the State Council’s Executive Meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Tuesday. “Protecting intellectual property is protecting innovation,” Li said. “This is a key part of our effort in fostering […]

industrial designs

The Eurasian Patent Office is starting to accept Eurasian Applications for Industrial Designs

The Eurasian Patent Office informs that the acceptance of applications for the grant of Eurasian industrial designs patents will start on June 1, 2021.  In accordance with Article 22 (4) of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention of September 9, 1994 (Protocol), please note that Eurasian design patents […]


IPR protection in China – Annual report

The national-level Intellectual Property Court in Beijing has accepted 5,121 cases, with 4,220 of them concluded since its establishment in 2019, according to a report released by the Court.

Read this before registering your trademark in Russia

Read this before registering your trademark in Russia

You can save hundreds and thousands of dollars for your company and your clients. I have been dealing a lot with provisional refusals of international trademarks in Russia.


Shenzhen is China’s leader in PCT and trademark filings

Shenzhen, a young innovative city in South China, has maintained its national leading position across major intellectual property indexes this year, with double-digit growth in most areas.

EU Intellectual Property Action Plan

EU Intellectual Property Action Plan adoption

Economic resilience & recovery: for whom? On November 25th, 2020, the European Commission published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to promote a more coherent EU-wide approach and ensure global level playing field.

Fax will no longer be a means to communicate with the EUIPO from 1 March 2021

Fax will no longer be a means to communicate with the EUIPO from 1 March 2021

The entry into force of the Decision of EUIPO Executive Director No EX-20-9 will bring an important change to the Office’s official means of communication. Fax will no longer be a means to communicate with the EUIPO from 1 March 2021. The decision has been driven by the fact that fax is no longer reliable […]

the Madrid Protocol

Accession to the Madrid Protocol: Trinidad and Tobago

On October 12, 2020, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (“the Madrid Protocol”). The Madrid Protocol will enter into force with respect to Trinidad and […]

Entry into force of the 2021 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification

Entry into force of the 2021 version of the eleventh edition of the Nice Classification

A new version of the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (“Nice Classification”) will enter into force on January 1, 2021. This new version is available on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at the following address: https://www.wipo.int/classifications/nice/en/. The 2021 […]


Strengthening Geographical Indications – online conference of the European Commission

The European Commission (DG AGRI -Directorate-General Agriculture and Rural Development) together with EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) are organising ‘Strengthening Geographical Indications (GIs) –on-line Conference 2020’, which will take place on 25-26 November 2020. This online event falls at the optimum moment in a major European Commission reform process: the Impact Assessment of the […]

Taiwan - Amendments to Guidelines for Design Examination in 2020

Taiwan – Amendments to Guidelines for Design Examination in 2020

The newly amended Guidelines for Design Examination of Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) took effect as of November 1, 2020.

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Beijing ramps up IPR protection

Beijing has embarked on strengthening intellectual property rights (IPR) protection as a way to optimize its business environment.

New intellectual property laws in Cyprus and Croatia

New intellectual property laws in Cyprus and Croatia

A few texts were recently added to the WIPO Lex database.


Promoting international security and stability in cyberspace

The Council of the European Union has decided to impose restrictive measures against six individuals and three entities responsible for or involved in various cyber-attacks. The measures include a travel ban and an asset freeze. Also, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.

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