January 18, 2019

Bahrain: Updates Patent and Utility Model Fees

The Kingdom of Bahrain recently announced a series of governmental decisions which are aimed at updating the IPR fees and developing the taxation system in the country. As a result the official fees related to patents and utility models have increased drastically. The new prices took effect December 14, 2018. The annual fees have risen almost nine times what they were previously. In addition, value-added tax will be applied to all IPR types in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The standard VAT rate will be 5%. Source:
January 17, 2019

UK: Changes to Trademark Law as of January 2019

Effective January 14, 2019 some important changes were made to the UK trademark law. The reforms affect trademark applications and registrations, trademark management and enforcement of trademarks. Trademark owners will now receive trademark renewal notifications earlier, at six months prior to renewal date as opposed to the previous four. If the trademark owner fails to renew the trademark, restoration is possible if the failure to renew is “unintentional.” This changes the previous test where the UKIPO had to assess whether it was “just” to renew the trademark. Consequently, the restoration process should become easier and more objective. Additionally, applications no longer need to be accompanied by a graphical representation of a trademark, but applicants may choose instead from a wide variety of formats, including submitting sound and video files online. Source:
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:
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:
August 20, 2018

Uruguay: Reduction in Official Fees for Trademark Procedures

Pursuant to Circular 3/2018, issued by the National Office of Intellectual Property (DNPI), from August 1st, 2018, publication fees of all trademark procedures will not be charged with the exception of those related to renewals in grace period. This is part of a policy of digitalization and simplification of the filing processing in the National Office, which translates to cost savings for applicants and trademark owners in Uruguay.   Source:
March 26, 2018

Europe: Changes in EPO Official Fees Effective April 1, 2018

The EPO has announced that effective April 1, 2018 there will be a number of changes in its official fees, although the majority of the fees remain unchanged.  Some of the key changes to fees include: Search Fees– The reduced search fee which has traditionally been available for international applications will no longer be available Appeal Fee– will increase from €1,880 to €2,255 for larger companies.  The current, lower fee amount will still apply if the appeal is filed by an individual, small or medium sized enterprise, university, public research organization, or non-profit organization. Electronic filing– the fee for filing European patent applications non-electronically is being raised to €250, but if filed electronically, the existing fee of €120 will apply. PCT Applications- fees payable to the EPO as International Searching Authority or International Examining Authority will decrease. The reduction is presumably intended to encourage more Applicants to make use of the EPO’s services in relation to PCT applications.   Source:  Sanam, Habib, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
November 2, 2017

Syria: Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017

  Syria:  Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017 Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria.  The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017. Source:  SABA IP
October 12, 2017

Egypt: Increase in Official Fees for Trademarks Effective October 15, 2017

The Egyptian Trademark Office has announced that effective October 15, 2017, the Official Fees for trademarks will be increased.   Source:  ELDIB & Co.
September 19, 2017

Qatar: Trademark Renewal Formalities Updated

Pursuant to Circular no. 6 of 2016, it is possible to pay the trademark renewal fees without a surcharge until the last day of the protection period.  In the past the last day to pay the renewal fees  without a surcharge was the first day of the renewal period. Late payment of renewal fees can be paid 12 months before the renewal due date without shortening the protection period. Source: SABAIP
September 19, 2017

Philippines: Amended Rules/Regulations on Trademarks Effective August 1, 2017

Philippines:  Amended Rules/Regulations on Trademarks   Effective August 1, 2017 the Memorandum Circular No. 17-010 took effect which requires the DAU form to be filed at the following milestones:   Within three (3) years from the date of filing of the trademark application. Within one (1) year from the fifth (5th) anniversary of the registration of the mark, and Within one (1) year from the date of renewal; and Within one (1) year from the fifth (5th) anniversary of each renewal.   Please note that the new requirement of filing the DAU within one (1) year of renewal only applies to registered marks that are due for renewal on or after January 1, 2017, regardless of the filing date of the Request for Renewal.  The submission of the DAU within one (1) year from the date of renewal is required for maintaining the registration.   Source:  Mirandah Asia