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December 5, 2018

Kazakhstan: Pending Trademark Applications Online Now

Information on all pending trademark applications in Kazakhstan is now available on the National Institute of Intellectual Property (NHIP) website, in Russian and Kazakh languages only.  The applications are published online within five working days after the formal examination is completed.   Source:  www.petosevic.com
December 5, 2018

Georgia: Madrid E-Filing Now Available

The National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia- Sakpatenti recently joined the WIPO-administered e-filing program, by means of which Georgian users will be able to file their international applications electronically.  This will simplify the procedure of extension of trademarks to the member states of the “Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks since 1998, Source: www.sakpatenti.gov.ge/en/  
December 5, 2018

China: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Trademark Office of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) provides online filing services for international applications (Madrid).  E-filing is available on CNIPA’s website   Source:  www.wipo.int
December 5, 2018

Canada: Amendments to Trademark Laws to be in Force on June 17, 2019

On November 14, 2018, the new Trademark Regulations were published in the Canada Gazette Part II, which set forth Canada’s new trademark regime which is scheduled to enter into force on June 17, 2019. These amendments impact all aspects of trademark selection, filing procedures, oppositions, registration and enforcement. Some of the important changes include: – Expansion of non-traditional marks – Declarations of use no longer be required at the time of application – Goods and services must be classified according to the Nice Agreement – Introduction of a class-based fee structure – Priority claims can be asserted from any prior application – Ability to divide applications and registrations – Reduction of term of protection from 15 years to 10 years – Accession to the Madrid Protocol – The new distinctiveness examination criteria will apply to all pending applications Source: www.bereskinparr.com
December 5, 2018

Benelux: Change to Official Fee Structure and Increase Soon

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) announced that they will introduce a number of modifications to the fee structure for trademarks and designs, including a fee increase.   Beginning on January 1, 2019, the basic fee for trademark applications and renewals will no longer cover three classes of goods and services.  A basic fee will cover one class and a fee for each extra class of goods or services will be added. With respect to trademark renewals, it will be possible from January onwards to renew a trademark registration for only some of the indicated classes.   Source:  BOIP.int, www.landmark.eu
November 8, 2018

ARIPO: Accession to Madrid Protocol by Malawi

On September 25, 2018 the Government of Malawi deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol which will enter into force on December 25, 2018.   Source:  www.wipo.ent
November 6, 2018

Europe: Sharp Rise in Patent Applications for Self-Driving Vehicles

Recent statistics for patent applications reveal that innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDV) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution. The number of European patent applications related to autonomous driving has grown 20 times faster than other technologies in recent years.  Patent applications for autonomous driving increased by 330%, between 2011 and 2017, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period.  The study was carried out in co-operation with the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR).   Source:  EPO.org
November 2, 2018

Bahrain: New Value Added Tax

Following the recent introduction of value added tax in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, VAT is expected to be introduced in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. It is expected that the remaining GCC countries, which include Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to follow suit and introduce the VAT. Source:  SABAIP.com
October 31, 2018

Kuwait: Online Trademark Renewal Filing Now

Kuwait has updated its system and switched from manual filing of renewal applications to online filing.  However, the transfer of data to the online portal is not yet complete.  Agents will need to coordinate with the Kuwaiti Trademark Office to complete the trademark details in the portal when filing the renewal request online. Source:  JAH & Co., IP, Qatar
October 31, 2018

Ecuador: Joined TM Class

Effective September 25, 2018, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Property Rights (SENADI) joined TMclass with the latest version of the Nice Classifcation.   Source:  WIPO.europa.eu