April 13, 2017

China: Official Fees for Trademarks reduced by 50% Effective April 1, 2017

The official fees for trademarks have been reduced by 50% in the Chinese mainland effective April 1, 2017.  For filing a renewal the official fee is now CY 1,000.  For late filing of a renewal application the fee is CY 250.
March 23, 2017

Germany: German Parliament Approves Ratification of the UPC Agreement

On March 10, 2017 the German Parliament, Bundestag, approved ratification of the UPC Agreement and related amendments to the German Patent Act.  As a next step in the legislative process, the German Federal Council, Bundesrat, will need to approve the draft legislation.  After approval by the Bundesrat, the resulting laws would then need to be signed by the newly elected Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The laws would take effect on the day following promulgation in the German Federal Law Gazette.   To date, twelve EU Member States have ratified the UPC Agreement, including France (14 March 2014) and Italy (10 February 2017).  The three countries with the highest number of patent application in Europe (France, Germany and the UK) are mandatory ratifying countries of the UPC Agreement.   In November of 2016 the UK government issued a press release stating that despite the UK’s planned leave from the EU (commonly known as “Brexit”), it still plans to ratify the UPC Agreement over the coming months.  However, it is not clear how the ratification of the UPC agreement will play out with the UK’s heralded rejection of the supremacy of EU law and the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).   Source:  
March 23, 2017

Jordan: Becomes Bound by the Patent Cooperation Treaty on June 9, 2017

  On June 9, 2017 Jordan becomes bound by the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and its residents and nationals will be entitled to file international applications under the PCT.  All international applications filed on or after June 9, 2017 will automatically designate/elect Jordan. Jordan is the 152nd party to the Treaty, thus, contributing to the expansion of the international patent system. Source:
March 17, 2017

Spain: Official Fee Changes Effective April 1, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017 the official fees for annuities and SPC maintenance fees will change under the recently approved new Patent Law in Spain. Please note that according to the new law, annuities cannot be paid in advance of the expiration date (which is still the last day of the application month). The new regulation stipulates a period of three months from the expiration date to pay annuities without surcharges, followed by three months with a 25% surcharge, and the final three months with a 50% surcharge. There is a total of nine months during which time the payment of annuity fees can be made.        
March 15, 2017

United States: Filed the Highest Number of International Patent and Trademark Applications in 2016

PATENT APPLICATIONS According to WIPO, 2016 was a record year with respect to the number of international patent applications. 1st– US-based applicants filed 56,595 Patent Cooperation Treaty applications in 2016 2nd– Japan placed second (45,239) 3rd– China placed third (43,168). China posted double-digit growth each year since 2002 ZTE Corporation (a technology company) filed the most with 4,123 patent applications TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS French cosmetics company L’Oreal placed first with 150 Madrid applications, Glaxo Group came in second with 141 and BMW had 117 applications. 1st – The United States placed 1st globally for international trademark applications: 7,741 2nd Germany placed 2nd with 7,551 applications 3rd France had 4,132 applications China had 3,200 applications and saw the fastest growth (68.6%) last year. Source:
March 14, 2017

Afghanistan: Accession to Paris Convention and the Singapore Treaty on May 14, 2017

  WIPO notifies the accession of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979 (Paris Convention) and to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, adopted at Singapore on March 27, 2006. The accession of both, the Paris Convention and the Singapore Treaty, will enter into force on May 14, 2017. Source:
March 8, 2017

India: Increase in Official Fees for Trademarks Effective March 6, 2017

Effective March 6, 2017, new trademark rules issued by the Indian Trademark registry came into effect.  Official fees for all matters (except for filing collective and certification marks) have been increased.  For trademark filing, change of proprietor by assignment or otherwise, the increase is 125%, and for trademark renewals the fee increased 80%.  Some additional changes include: Additional 10% fee for physical filing of document Renewal can be filed one year prior to the date of expiration Applications for a sound mark to be accompanied by a MP3 format, not to exceed 30 seconds in length and a graphical representative of the sound notations.
March 1, 2017

Singapore: Increase in Official Fees Effective April 1, 2017 for Patents and Trademarks

Effective April 1, 2017 there will be an increase in Official Fees for renewals of granted patents from the 8th year onwards. The fee increase for renewals will increase between 27-50% (inclusive of GST).  (Note:  A 50% discount is available for patent owners who license their patents.)   For trademarks there will be a 50% fee increase in renewal fees effective April 1, 2017 for renewal of registrations from S$250 per class of goods/services to S$380 per class of goods/services; late renewal fees increase from S$370 per class of goods/services to S$560 per class of goods/services.  The fee increase for international renewals will increase 40% from S$270 per class of goods/services to S$380 per class of goods/services.  
February 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia: Increase in Official Publication Fees for Trademark Recordals Effective February 1, 2017

The Saudi Trademark Office announced an increase in the official publication fees for the recordal of assignment, license, mortgage, limitation of goods, amendment of mark, merger, change of name, and change of address.  The fees will increase two to three times the current level. Source:  Saba IP
February 21, 2017

Egypt: Increase in Examination Fees for Patents

The President of the Academy of the Scientific Research and Technology has issued a new Executive Decree, No. 1 of 2017, which increased the examination fees for patents in Egypt effective February 13, 2017.  The increase in fees for patent examination shall be the equivalent of USD 1,000.00 in accordance with the exchange rate at the time of the executive order’s issuance. This new rate shall be subject to review on an annual basis. .