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.
April 5, 2016

India: Delhi High Court Addresses Wrongful Abandonment of Trademark Applications

The Delhi High Court has stayed all orders of wrongful abandonment of trademark applications issued by the Trade Marks Registry post on March 20, 2016. This comes after more than 165,000 applications were reportedly abandoned by the registry last month.  To ensure that the circumstances of the last few weeks do not reoccur, the court has directed the Trademarks Registry not to abandon any applications without notice to applicants through physical post.
April 4, 2016

USPTO: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices Updated April 1, 2016

Effective April 1, 2016, PCT Fees to Foreign Offices were updated for the following changes: PCT Fees to Foreign Offices 1717: International search (IPOS) — new fee of $1,578 1716: International search (JPO) – fee increase from $581 to $1,295 1714: International search (Rospatent) – fee decrease from $433 to $388  
April 4, 2016

EPO: One-Day Strike Set for Thursday, April 7, 2016

Staff at the European Patent Office’s (EPO) four sites will hold a one day strike on Thursday, April 7. The strike will take place at the EPO offices in Munich, The Hague, Berlin and Vienna. In a letter sent to EPO president Benoît Battistelli and seen by WIPR, the EPO’s Central Staff Committee (CSC) said no progress has been made on its demands since staff members voted in favor of striking last month. The CSC had called for an immediate suspension of disciplinary measures put in place against three staff representatives earlier this year, a “truly independent review” of their cases by a body that is trusted by managers and staff, a revocation of recent changes to the EPO’s service regulations, and an initiation of open and fair negotiations. The EPO is preparing a statement.  An update will be issued once further information becomes available. Source:   WIPR
March 31, 2016

Kuwait: New Law Paves the Way for Accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

A new law was voted and published by Kuwait’s Council of Ministers on March 27, 2016 which paves the way for the country’s accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Kuwait realizes that a developed and advanced IP system is a fundamental step towards strengthening its economic growth. The date of accession and when the Treaty will go into force are yet to be determined.  
March 24, 2016

Saudi Arabia: Effective Immediately All Applications for Trademark Renewals Must be Filed Online

Effective immediately all applications for trademark renewals in Saudi Arabia must be filed online.  The change to online filing comes with a substantial increase in publication fees which are 10 fold the current level.   The Protection Period for trademarks is 10 Hijri years (approximately 9 years, 8 months) from the filing date, and renewable for like periods. The filing requirements for the renewal of Trademarks in Saudi Arabia include:  POA (legalized) and a certificate of registration for endorsement.   The grace period is six lunar months.
March 21, 2016

European Union: OHIM to Shut Down Ahead of EUIPO Change on March 22, 2016

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) plans to shut down on March 22, 2016, ahead of the impending EUIPO change which is scheduled to take effect on March 23, 2016.  Its office will be closed tomorrow and the website shut down to allow for a smooth transition to being named the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Effective March 23rd, OHIM As of March 23rd, Community trademarks (CTMs) will be referred to as European Union trademarks. The current web address,, will automatically redirect to a new domain name,, on March 23. OHIM’s email addresses will also change to, though the currently used will run in parallel for “several months,” OHIM said. The name change is part of wider amendments to the EU trademark system. One of the key changes in the reform is the reduction in CTM renewal fees from €1,500 ($1,681) to €850 for electronic filing, and from €1,500 to €1,000 for paper filing. Source: