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:  
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:
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:
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:
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:
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

Finland: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Finnish Trademarks Act has been revised and a Government bill was submitted on October 18, 2018.  It is intended that the new Trademark Act is to enter into force on January 1, 2019. Source:  
October 23, 2018

Indonesia: Non-Payment of Outstanding Annuities Results in Non-Acceptance of New Patent Filings

Non-Payment of Outstanding Annuity Obligations in Indonesia Will Result in the Registry’s Non-Acceptance of New Patent Filings from the Same Proprietor. On 16 August 2018, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) issued a Circular requiring payment of all outstanding annuities due before 26 August 2016 (the enforcement date of the new Indonesian Patents Law) in respect of abandoned patent cases. This payment is to be made within six (6) months from the date of issuance of the present Circular (i.e. by 15 February 2019). If Patent Holders do not comply with this requirement, the DGIP will no longer accept any new patent filings from the same Patent Holders until their entire annuity fee debts are settled. Source:
October 12, 2018

Turkey: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) reduced some official fees up to 40%.  The new fees were published on September 5, 2018.   The discount covers fees for trademarks, designs and patents.  The new official fee for filing a trademark application is TRY 180.00 per class.  The official fee for registration is TRY 495.00 which is independent of the number of classes covered.   Source:  Istanbul Patent A.S., Turkey
October 2, 2018

USA: Fee Schedule Updated

Effective October 1, 2018 the Fee Schedule was updated for PCT Fees to Foreign Offices.  The International Search (IPAU) fee decreased from $1,722 to $1,631. Source:  USPTO