Finland has become the latest country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement (since Portugal ratified the Agreement last August), raising the total number of confirmed participants to nine. Four more signatures are required to ratify the UPC Agreement including ratifications from Germany and the UK in order for the Agreement to take effect. Issues related to renewal fees and how they are distributed between national IP offices and the EPO, have already been finalized.
Effective January 1, 2016, the Official Fee for filing a trademark is now USD 264 for one class. The new Official Fees will cover all trademark matters filed subsequent to January 1, 2016, as well as retroactively for pending trademark applications with respect to their publication and registration fees. The new fee for publication and registration is USD 1,586.
The Finnish Trademark Office announced that they have changed the pricing structure and some of the fees for trademarks effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the owner’s name or domicile, and changes of representative are now free of charge. For renewals of trademarks and collective marks, the patent/trademark office has introduced a two-tier pricing system; fees for online renewals (done in Finnish or Swedish) are lower than filing paper forms. Online renewal fee is EUR 275 vs. EUR 300 for paper forms.
According to the ARIPO Administrative Council, there have been significant developments regarding trademarks, designs and patents, including fee increases which became effective January 1, 2016. More detailed information will be posted on this website as soon as it becomes available.
The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada has delayed the overhaul of its trademark laws and regulations as well as anticipated changes to patent rules and industrial design regulations until the latter part of 2016.
Effective January 1, 2016 intellectual property fees were increased between 3-10% for the following: entering the PCT National Phase or requesting extension of time for entering the PCT national phase (10%), filing an industrial design (4%) or trademark application (6%). Trademark renewal fees and late renewal fees both increased 3%. The official fee for validation of a European patent in Turkey has increased 10%. Further information can be obtained on the official Turkish Patent Institute website.
The patent office in the Netherlands is currently experiencing technical difficulties with their online registry, and as a result status reports for annuity fee payments and other reports cannot be displayed at this time. The current delay affects the ability to obtain the status of annuity fee payments for November 2015 and December 2015. An update will be posted once this situation has been resolved.
Official fees for trademarks increased in Kuwait effective January 4, 2016. The new rates constitute a marked increase over current levels, and will be applicable for both new and pending applications.