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.
February 4, 2016

Mongolia: Designation of Industrial Designs

On December 14, 2015, WIPO received from the Intellectual Property Office of Mongolia, a clarification of the declaration under Article 17(3)(c) of the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement. The designation of Mongolia in international registrations of industrial designs shall enjoy protection for the maximum duration of 15 years from the date of international registration, subject to renewal of the international registration. Source:
February 4, 2016

Brazil: The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property joins TMClass Effective 1-19-16

  The Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI-BR)  joins TMClass Effective 1-19-16 This last addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including OAPI, WIPO and OHIM to 58. Source:  
February 4, 2016

Japan: Official Fees to be Reduced Effective April 1, 2016

  The Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced that it will reduce two of its official fees for trademarks.  The registration fee shall be reduced from JPY 37,600 to JPY 28,200, and the renewal fee from JPY 48,500 to JPY 38,800 effective April 1, 2016
January 25, 2016

United States: IBM Takes the Lead as #1 Patent Recipient in 2015

IBM has surpassed Samsung and Canon to take the top spot on the list of recipients for US Patents in 2015.  This is the 23 year in a row that technology company IBM has been in the top group of patent recipients.   The overall number of US patents granted declined slightly since 2014. The fall followed seven consecutive years of rises in patents being granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).