May 2, 2016

Cyprus: PoA not Required for E-Filing of Trademark Applications and Renewals

Powers of Attorney will no longer be required for trademark applications which are filed and renewed electronically according to the Department Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver in Cyprus.  The registrar also stated that electronic submissions for applications and renewals will receive a higher priority.
May 2, 2016

Kuwait: Original Registration Now Required for all New Renewal Applications

The trademark authorities of Kuwait have issued an official notification stipulating that all new renewal applications filed in this jurisdiction must be accompanied by the original registration certificate at the time of renewal.  A certified copy of the registration certificate can be used for the renewal purpose if the original registration certificate is not available. The prior practice allowed the renewal application to be filed separately with the original documents submitted at a later date.
April 13, 2016

Thailand: Bill Amending Trademark Act Was Approved by National Legislative Assembly

The National Legislative Assembly approved a bill amending the trademark act which will enter into force 90 days after the publication in the Royal Gazette.  Some important changes to be noted are: The definition of a trademark will be extended to include “sound marks.” It will now be possible to file multi-class applications. This is necessary to bring Thailand into conformity with the International Registration system under the Madrid Protocol. Period of time allowed to respond to an office action is reduced from 90 days to 60 days. Credit:
April 13, 2016

South Korea: New Regulations to Enter into Force in May 2016

In May 2016 it is expected that new regulations will enter into force which are designed to increase user services for trademark applicants. Highlights among the new provisions for trademarks applicants includes the possibility to add more goods/services to an application, restoration of a lapsed right will be permitted for all design rights regardless of the use requirements, and the deadline for responding to an office action can be extended up to four months from the present two months.
April 8, 2016

USPTO: Launches New Payment Tools

The US Patent and Trademark Office will launch two tools for paying fees online. The two tools, Financial Manager and the Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront were launched on April 9, 2016.    
April 6, 2016

Uganda: List of Trademarks Eligible to be Renewed

The Ugandan Trademarks registry has published a list of trademarks that are eligible to be renewed in 2016-17. The term of a trademark is seven years from filing date.  The trademark can be renewed every 14 years.  The application for renewal must be made within six months from the expiration date of the trademark or a penalty for late renewal will need to be paid. When renewing a trademark, it is not necessary to prove use of the trademark.
April 6, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Official Renewal Publication Fee Increased Effective 3/24/2016

Effective March 24, 2016, new official publication fees for renewal of trademark registration was implemented.  The Saudi trademark office raised the official publication fees from SAR 300 to SAR 3,000 for each class.  The total official fees for trademark renewal per class are 6,000 SAR or $1,600 USD.   As reported earlier, the renewal of trademarks need to be filed and completed online.
April 6, 2016

New Zealand: Trademark Guidelines Updated

IPONZ has updated the trade mark practice guidelines with regard to amendments to trademark applications and authorization of agency requirements for mergers. The “Amendments to trademark applications” section now clarifies the actions that must take place if you wish to request an amendment for a trademark application on the same day the application is filed. The “Agents” section now clarifies that an agent may only request for the merger of two or more trademark applications if they are the agent for all of the trademarks on the merger request. Source:  New Zealand Intellectual Property Office
April 6, 2016

Laos: Effective February 1, 2016 a Multi-Class Application Can Now be Filed for a Trademark

The Department of Intellectual Property has announced that effective February 1, 2016, it is now possible to file a multi-class application when registering a trademark in Laos.  The applicant will be required to pay a fee for each class of goods or services registered.
April 6, 2016

Denmark: New Declaration Enters into Effect on April 13, 2016

On January 13, 2016 the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark deposited a new declaration, which withdraws the one made upon ratification of the Protocol “to the effect that until further notice the Protocol should not apply to the Faroe Islands.”  The said declaration will enter into force on or about April 13, 2016 when the Faroe Islands become part of the Madrid System. Source:  WIPO ( )