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.
A new trademark regulation entered into force in Albania on June 7, 2018, clarifying a range of issues raised by the changes to the Albanian Industrial Property Law in force as of March 24, 2017. Some of the most significant changes and clarifications include the following: Official Fee Modifications: The regulation was accompanied by the introduction of official fees for the newly established IPO procedures and the increase in certain existing official fees by an average of ten percent. The new official fees list for trademarks, patents and designs services adopted by the Albanian IP Office entered into force as from June 6, 2018. The new fees cover filing, publication, registration, renewal, recordal, oppositions and cancellation of trademark, patent and design applications. Clear Definitions and Representation Requirements: The new regulation clearly defines different types of trademarks as well a representation requirements for the most common traditional trademarks. Definitions are provided for word, figurative, position, pattern, color and shape marks that are in line with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/626 of March 5, 2018. Literal Interpretation of Class Headings: The regulation adopts the literal approach when interpreting the scope of protection when class headings are used in lists of goods an services in trademark applications and registrations. Source: Intellectual Property Watch, by Irma Cami, Senior Associate, PETOSEVIC Albania
The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO) just announced that an agreement was signed with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) to expedite the prosecution of patent applications through a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program, wherein the Applicant may request the fast-track examination of its application in Brazil or Denmark after being granted by the other. Brazil is the first country of South America to which the DKPTO signs a cooperation treaty. Source: Clarke, Modet & Co.
The Icelandic Patent Act and the patent fee schedule have recently been modified as of June 1, 2018. However, the corresponding patent regulations have not yet been changed. These modifications are primarily aimed at meeting the requirements of the European Regulations on the supplementary protection certificates (SPC), Source: IP Coster
Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018. Contracting states in the Middle East and North Africa are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan,and Turkey. Source: SABA IP
Effective July 1, 2018 there will be increases in Official Fees in Portugal for Patents and Trademarks. Patents: a) Validation: € 53,30 Trademarks: a) Filing fee Online (1 class): € 126,17 (online), 252,33 (paper);each additional class: € 31,99 (online), 63,96 (paper); filing fees: b) Renewal (1 class): € 126,17 (online); each additional class: € 31,99 (online) c) Recordal: a) Change name/address € 0,00 b) Assignment: € 106,61 Source: Alvaro Duarte & Associados
The Moroccan Trademark Office (OMPIC) has announced that effective May 28, 2018 trademark registration certificates and renewal certificates will be issued electronically in a digital PDF format, stamped by OMPIC. This new practice will expedite the registration process of national trademarks in Morocco. Source: Eldib.com
The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) recently adopted the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification, thus replacing the outgoing 10th Edition. The adoption of the 11th Edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered. Upon next renewal, goods and services affected by this change in formalities should be reclassified accordingly by the Trademark Office. Source: Saba IP
While the PCT ratification bill is not likely to be considered soon, Argentina steadily moves towards joining. This was confirmed during the recent discussions of the PCT as part of negotiations regarding a free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraquay and Uruguay). Source: IP-Coster
On May 18, 2018 the Mexican government published the Decree on Amendments to the trademark law in the Official Journal of the Federation. The modified law will not limit the right to file a trademark application to “industrialists, traders or service providers” only. As a result of these changes any natural or legal person will be able to have their trademarks registered. The updated law stipulates and broadens the term “trademark” so that it will apply exclusively to visible aspects. Going forward a trademark may be any mark perceptible by senses. This means that applicants will be able to register non-traditional marks, such as sound, smell or hologram. It will also be possible to register the trade dress, certification marks, generic or descriptive trademarks as well as trademarks consisting of proper names, commercial names, names of physical persons, letters, digits, figurative elements, combinations of colors and three-dimensional shapes. Another important Amendment is that the letters of consent on the coexistence of trademarks, being confusingly similar, will be recognized by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). As soon as the trademark is registered for three years, its owner will be obliged to file a declaration of the trademark’s real and continued use within three months of the said term. Otherwise, the trademark will automatically be considered as lapsed. Source: www. ip-coster.com
The Trademark Office in Yemen announced new regulations related to trademark registration procedures which entered into force on March 18, 2018. The new regulations include: The registration procedures of all pending applications must be completed within 12 months from filing data; otherwise the subject applications will be cancelled. The registration procedures of all applications with conditional acceptance must be completed within 12 months from the Registrar’s decision date; otherwise the subject application will be cancelled The publication fees must be paid within 60 days as from the date of receiving the acceptance for publication; otherwise the subject application will be cancelled. Source: firstname.lastname@example.org