October 31, 2018

Finland: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Finnish Trademarks Act has been revised and a Government bill was submitted on October 18, 2018.  It is intended that the new Trademark Act is to enter into force on January 1, 2019. Source:  
October 23, 2018

Mexico: Declaration of Use for International Registrations

The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) has provided information regarding amendments to the Mexican Industrial Property Law which entered into force on August 10, 2018. Holders of international registrations containing the designation of Mexico must file now a declaration of actual and effective use of the mark. Such declaration shall be filed directly with IMPI in the appropriate official format, as prescribed by the applicable laws and regulations and upon payment of a fee. The declaration of actual and effective use of the mark must be filed by the holder’s authorized representative with a local address, or by a legal representative in Mexico. A local address is required for purposes of notification. On failure to file the declaration of actual and effective use within the prescribed time limits, IMPI shall declare, ex officio, the cancellation of the mark that is the subject of an international registration containing a designation of Mexico. Source:
October 23, 2018

Indonesia: Non-Payment of Outstanding Annuities Results in Non-Acceptance of New Patent Filings

Non-Payment of Outstanding Annuity Obligations in Indonesia Will Result in the Registry’s Non-Acceptance of New Patent Filings from the Same Proprietor. On 16 August 2018, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) issued a Circular requiring payment of all outstanding annuities due before 26 August 2016 (the enforcement date of the new Indonesian Patents Law) in respect of abandoned patent cases. This payment is to be made within six (6) months from the date of issuance of the present Circular (i.e. by 15 February 2019). If Patent Holders do not comply with this requirement, the DGIP will no longer accept any new patent filings from the same Patent Holders until their entire annuity fee debts are settled. Source:
October 12, 2018

Turkey: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) reduced some official fees up to 40%.  The new fees were published on September 5, 2018.   The discount covers fees for trademarks, designs and patents.  The new official fee for filing a trademark application is TRY 180.00 per class.  The official fee for registration is TRY 495.00 which is independent of the number of classes covered.   Source:  Istanbul Patent A.S., Turkey
October 12, 2018

Ecuador: Joined TM Class

Effective September 25, 2018, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) joined TMclass with the latest version of the Nice Classification.   Source:
October 2, 2018

USA: Fee Schedule Updated

Effective October 1, 2018 the Fee Schedule was updated for PCT Fees to Foreign Offices.  The International Search (IPAU) fee decreased from $1,722 to $1,631. Source:  USPTO
October 2, 2018

Oman: Patent Search Now Possible

The Patent Office in Oman announced that official equivalent patent searches are now possible. It is now possible to search the patent database for patent applications filed or entered in Oman using the typical bibliographic data of the priority applications or PCT publications.   Source:  Saba IP
October 2, 2018

Qatar: Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law Enter Into Force

Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law entered into force in Qatar on July 5, 2018.  The long-awaited Implementing Regulations are expected to pave the way to a clearer patent procurement process.  The filing requirements are a legalized power of attorney and a copy of the international publication, with the international search report- if it is published.  The protection term is 20 years from the international filing date, and annuities must be paid on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable prior to grant.  A grace period of six months for late payment is observed. Source:  SABA IP
September 21, 2018

ARIPO: Regional IP Database Launched

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) launched a Regional Intellectual Property (IP) database at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe.  The IP database is free and easy to access for searches by IP Agents and anyone who wishes to find information or register trademarks, industrial designs or patents.   Source:
September 21, 2018

Venezuela: Absence of Renewals in Venezuela for the Next Five Years

All trademarks registered, or those with renewal dates starting September 18, 2008 and further, are valid for 15 years.  The renewal cycle will commence again starting September 18, 2023.  Renewals may be filed within six months before the due date according to the current Intellectual Property legislation. Source: