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 ( )
April 6, 2016

CHILE: Now Using the New Version of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services

Effective January 1, 2016 The Chilean Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) began using the 10th edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services.  The new version will be applied to all trademark applications. The main differences between the current and previous version of the classification are the goods and services included.  For example, the 2016 version includes powdered baby milk in Class 5 and Smart watches and protective films for computer screens in Class 9.  Other new products and services have been added, and others deleted.
April 6, 2016

Tunisia: Recently Approved the Law Related to European Patent Validation Agreement

Tunisia has recently approved the law related to the European Patent Validation Agreement, which will enter into force following issuance of the related implementing regulations.  The Agreement is designed to simplify patent protection in Tunisia for European Patent applicants and owners by validating the legal effects of their European patents and applications (even though Tunisia is not an EPO member state). The new law is expected to encourage more filings and more foreign investment.
April 6, 2016

Afghanistan: Trademark Office Changes its Classification System from Multi-Class to Single-Class Applications

The Afghanistan Trademark Office has changed its classification system from multi-class to single class applications.  However, no Ministerial Resolution has been issued to support this change in practice, and information is not yet available as to how pending trademark applications or registrations will be handled under this new system.
April 6, 2016

Iraq: A Trademark Clearance Search is Now Required Prior to Submitting a Trademark Application

The Iraq trademark office now requires that a trademark clearance search be completed prior to submitting a trademark application.  It is expected that this new requirement will reduce the backlog of work the TMO is experiencing. If the proposed trademark is found to be available following the clearance search, the application will then follow the standard registration procedure. This revised practice will not apply to Paris convention applications in order to safeguard the priority period. All documents related to the assignment of the mark, must be submitted at original time of filing- not at a later stage.  New applications may be filed without a Power of Attorney, but the POA must be filed within six months of filing date. An Arabic transliteration is no longer required to be included in the logo of those trademarks which are not in the Arabian language.