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:
March 8, 2016

European Union: The Amending Trademark Regulation Will Take Effect March 23, 2016

The Amending Trademark Regulation (“Amending Regulation”) will replace the existing Community Trademark Regime effective March 23, 2016.  Under the new regulation there will be some key changes in terminology as follows: OHIM (Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market will become EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office ) CTMs (Community Trademarks) will be now be EUTMs (European Union Trademarks ) The new fee system at EUIPO replaces the current system applied by OHIM, and is designed to make the process of obtaining EU-wide protection for trademarks more streamlined.  The new system will be based on a pay-per-class system for application and renewal fees. This means that applicants will pay a lower fee if they apply for only one class, the same fee if they apply for two, and a higher fee if they pay for three or more.  Under the new system renewal fees (e-filing) effective March 23, 2016 are as follows: First Class: 850 euros (e-filing) Second Class: 50 euros Third Class: 150 euros Fourth and all subsequent classes: 150 euros New European Union Certification Mark:  information will be posted when it becomes available.
March 7, 2016

USPTO: The Fee Schedule for International Search (ILPO) changed effective March 1, 2016

  Effective March 1, 2016 PCT Fees to Foreign Offices for International Search (ILPO) decreased from $917 to $912.
February 22, 2016

Faroe Islands: Will be a Part of the Madrid System Effective April 13, 2016

Effective April 13, 2106, the Faroe Islands will be part of the Madrid System. Source:
February 22, 2016

Turkey: Official Fees Increased

The Turkish Patent Institute (“TPI”) has increased trademark application fees and renewal fees effective January 1, 2016. The new official fee for a trademark application is TRY 285 (paper filing) and TRY 190 (online filing) per class.  The fee for each additional class is also TRY 285 and TRY 190 respectively.  The fee for issuance of a trademark registration certificate is TRY 795 (paper filing) and TRY 530 (online filing).