December 15, 2016

Jordan: To Join the Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Jordanian Council of Ministers, headed by Prime Minister  Hani Al-Mulki has approved the accession of Jordan to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).  The accession of Jordan to the PCT would benefit both local and foreign applicants, which would contribute to the increase of patent applications  submitted to the Directorate of Industrial Property Protection.
December 9, 2016

Egypt: The Egyptian Patent Office has Implemented New Official Fees for All Patent Procedures Effective November 29, 2016

The new official fees will be as follows: Reviewing the Arabic translation of the priority documents (per page): from 10.00 EGP to 15.00 EGP. Search for a patent and/or patent application (per one item): From 500.00 EGP to 1000.00 EGP Obtaining any Certificate (e.g. To whom it may concern):  From 50 EGP to 100.00 EGP Expect official fees to continue to increase for other services as well, particularly examination fees.
November 30, 2016

Indonesia: Increases Official Fees for Patent/Trademark Applications

Effective November 10, 2016 Official Fees have increased in the following categories: a) Patent Application: From IDR 750,000 (USD 56) for up to 10 claims and up to 30 pages of specification,the new fee is now IDR 1.5 million (USD 111). b) Trademark Application: From IDR 1 million (USD 74) for up to 10 items of goods/services per class, with every subsequent 1-10 items of goods/ services exceeding the first 10 items, incurring an additional official fee of IDR 1 million,the new fee is now IDR 2 million per class (USD 148) (without limitation, on the number of goods/services)    
November 30, 2016

Indonesia: A New Trademark Law Became Effective on November 26, 2016

The Indonesian Government has approved its new Trademark Law which became effective November 26, 2016. The new Trademark Law introduces a number of changes to the registration, protection, and enforcement of trademarks in Indonesia. Non -Traditional Marks are now accepted and include: sound marks, 3D shape marks and hologram marks A renewal application of trademark registration can be now filed six months prior to the renewal due date.  Late filing of a renewal application after the expiry date may be done within a six month grace period by paying  penalty fees.
November 29, 2016

United Kingdom: The UK Government Will Ratify the UPC Agreement

The UK’s Intellectual Property Minister Lady Neville-Rolfe announced today that the UK Government intends to ratify the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court. This is highly significant, as the UK (along with France and Germany) is one of the three countries whose ratification of the treaty is essential for the UPC and Unitary Patent system to come into effect.  Today’s announcement therefore ends months of uncertainty which have followed the shock result in the UK’s June referendum, in which a majority of voters opted to end the UK’s EU membership. A total of 11 countries, including France, have now ratified the Agreement, with at least three more on the way besides the UK and Germany.  This means that, subject to UK ratification taking place in the near future, all eyes will turn to Germany as the country which will determine the starting date for the biggest shake-up of the European patent system in decades.  Assuming that Germany does not delay with its own ratification, the UPC and Unitary Patent could potentially become reality by Spring or Summer 2017, only a little behind schedule. Source:
October 25, 2016

Brügmann and Olcott Partner to Offer a Powerful Interface for Managing Patent Annuities and Trademark Renewals Worldwide

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.
October 7, 2016

United States: PCT Fees Increase to Foreign Offices Effective October 1, 2016

PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1716: International search (JPO) – fee increase from $1,378 to $1,530
October 7, 2016

PCT: Now Has 151 Contracting States After the Recent Accessions of Kuwait

The  PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) has now 151 contracting states after the recent accessions of Kuwait (KW) since September 9, 2016, Djibouti (DJ) since September 23, 2016, and Cambodia (KH) which will become effective on December 8, 2016. The accession of Kuwait means that all GCC member states are now bound by the PCT.
October 7, 2016

Kuwait: PCT Enters into Force

Kuwait became the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 9, 2016, and the sixth and final Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT.  Accordingly, Kuwait became bound by the PCT applications as of that date. Source:
September 29, 2016

United Kingdom: Renewal Fee for Designs to be Reduced

Effective October 1, 2016 renewal fees for designs will be reduced.  While renewal fees will increase every five years during the term of protection, the biggest savings will be seen in the third and final renewal periods.  For example, the renewal fee payable at the end of year 15 will be £110 compared with the current £310 (representing a 64% reduction).  At year 20, the fee will be £140 instead of the current £450 (a 69% saving).