Princeton, New Jersey, November 11, 2016 — Brügmann Software, a leader in software solutions for intelligent IPR management in Germany, is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with Olcott International, the pioneer in worldwide IP renewal services since 1961, for the use of its open IP Services Platform, PatOrg Olcott Sphere.
Brügmann, the market leader in software solutions for intellectual property management in Germany is hosting PatOrg Open User Days 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Brügmann has been engaged in the development of professional IT solutions for efficient IP management for more than twenty years. Brügmann’s IP Management Suite PatOrg leverages activities and facilitates the automation of processes. The versatile modules of PatOrg with their sophisticated features make PatOrg a universal and easy-to-use software solution that is suitable for law firms, patent departments and research facilities.
On November 19, 2015 the Indian Government published the draft 2015 Trademark Rules to replace the existing 2002 Trademark Rules, and to introduce a 50% increase on all fees payable with respect to trademark registrations. Under the new trademark rules the fee for filing an application is proposed to increase from 4000 to 8000 and the fee for renewing a trademark from 5000 to 10000 respectively. The draft rules are open for public comments until December 17, 2015. The final rules are expected to be published and become effective in the second quarter of 2016.
The Madrid System has been transformed to a one treaty system with the addition of Algeria who acceded to the Madrid Protocol; the Protocol entered into force on October 31, 2015. Going forward, all international registrations of marks will be exclusively governed by the Madrid protocol.
Official fees for filing a national application per market class were reduced effective 10-15-15 from CNY 800 to CNY 600 for designated goods or services that are within the basic ten. Additionally, each item in excess of the basic ten will incur an official fee of CNY 60 (which was reduced from the previous official fee of CNY 80).
Effective September 28, 2015 the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) officially launched the online application for the renewal of registered trademarks, which shortens the renewal process from the current period of one year to a maximum of 14 working days.
The New Trademark Act 2015 and the New Trademark Rules 2015 comes into effect in the British Virgin Islands on September 1, 2015. The implication of this change means that the dual filing system that is currently in place will no longer apply. Additionally, it will no longer be possible to file a BVI trademark on the basis of a UK registration.