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April 4, 2016

USPTO: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices Updated April 1, 2016

Effective April 1, 2016, PCT Fees to Foreign Offices were updated for the following changes: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1717: International search (IPOS) — new fee of $1,578 1716: International search (JPO) – fee increase from $581 to $1,295 1714: International search (Rospatent) – fee decrease from $433 to $388  
March 21, 2016

European Union: OHIM to Shut Down Ahead of EUIPO Change on March 22, 2016

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) plans to shut down on March 22, 2016, ahead of the impending EUIPO change which is scheduled to take effect on March 23, 2016.  Its office will be closed tomorrow and the website shut down to allow for a smooth transition to being named the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Effective March 23rd, OHIM As of March 23rd, Community trademarks (CTMs) will be referred to as European Union trademarks. The current web address,, will automatically redirect to a new domain name,, on March 23. OHIM’s email addresses will also change to, though the currently used will run in parallel for “several months,” OHIM said. The name change is part of wider amendments to the EU trademark system. One of the key changes in the reform is the reduction in CTM renewal fees from €1,500 ($1,681) to €850 for electronic filing, and from €1,500 to €1,000 for paper filing. Source:
February 10, 2016

Olcott International Will be Presenting at the PatOrg Open User Days 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany

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.
February 4, 2016

European Patent Office (EPO): Effective April 1, 2016 the EPO Implements New Fee Schedule for Patent Renewals

Effective April 1, 2016 the EPO will have a new fee schedule in place affecting patent renewals.  An additional fee for late payments of a renewal fee also apply for the European Patent Application.
February 4, 2016

Brazil: The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property joins TMClass Effective 1-19-16

  The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI-BR)  joins TMClass Effective 1-19-16 This last addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and OHIM to 58. Source:  
February 4, 2016

Japan: Official Fees to be Reduced Effective April 1, 2016

  The Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that it will reduce two of its official fees for trademarks.  The registration fee shall be reduced from JPY 37,600 to JPY 28,200, and the renewal fee from JPY 48,500 to JPY 38,800 effective April 1, 2016
January 14, 2016

Turkey: Intellectual Property Fees Increase Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 intellectual property fees were increased between 3-10% for the following: entering the PCT National Phase or requesting extension of time for entering the PCT national phase (10%), filing an industrial design (4%) or trademark application (6%). Trademark renewal fees and late renewal fees both increased 3%. The official fee for validation of a European patent in Turkey has increased 10%. Further information can be obtained on the official Turkish Patent Institute website.
January 7, 2016

Kuwait: Official Fees for Trademarks Increase Effective January 4, 2016

Official fees for trademarks increased in Kuwait effective January 4, 2016.  The new rates constitute a marked increase over current levels, and will be applicable for both new and pending applications.
January 4, 2016

European Patents Now Cover Moldova

Effective November 1, 2015 the European Patent Office (EPO) is allowing European patents to take legal effect in Moldova.
December 15, 2015

Mexico Fee Increase

Official fees are scheduled to increase in January 2016 for the maintenance of Mexican Patents, Designs, Utility Models and Trademark Renewals.