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).
February 22, 2016

Mexico: Official Fee Increase Effective January 1, 2016

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has announced an increase in its official fees ranging from five to ten percent for services.  The increase became effective on January 1, 2016. The fees for filing a trademark increased by 6.7%, and by 8% for trademark renewals. The fees for filing utility models and industrial designs increased by 5.1%.  The new official fee for filing a trademark is: MXN 2,457.79.
February 10, 2016

Olcott International Will be Presenting at the PatOrg Open User Days 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany

Brügmann, the market leader in software solutions for intellectual property management in Germany is hosting PatOrg Open User Days 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Brügmann has been engaged in the development of professional IT solutions for efficient IP management for more than twenty years. Brügmann’s IP Management Suite PatOrg leverages activities and facilitates the automation of processes. The versatile modules of PatOrg with their sophisticated features make PatOrg a universal and easy-to-use software solution that is suitable for law firms, patent departments and research facilities.
February 4, 2016

European Patent Office (EPO): Effective April 1, 2016 the EPO Implements New Fee Schedule for Patent Renewals

Effective April 1, 2016 the EPO will have a new fee schedule in place affecting patent renewals.  An additional fee for late payments of a renewal fee also apply for the European Patent Application.
February 4, 2016

Saudi Arabia: New PCT Annuities Regulations Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 a new calculation of PCT National Phase annuity years was implemented.  The new calculation stipulates that the annuity year starts from the international filing date of the corresponding PCT application.  Furthermore, the Patent office states that all pending annuities are due for payment during the period from January 1st to March 31st 2016. The patent term for Saudi Patents through PCT applications is 20 years from the international filing date.
February 4, 2016

Belgium: Changes to the Annual Maintenance Fees for Patents Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 the annual maintenance fees for Belgian patents and European patents validated in Belgium will increase.   Source:  Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI)
February 4, 2016

Ireland: Implements e-filing for Designs

Effective December 11, 2015, the Irish Patent Office implemented e-filing for designs. The new system streamlines the way designs are processed and registered, making the application process easier, faster and more accessible to users of the Irish design system.