The official fees for trademark registration are expected to increase dramatically and are likely to be effective as of December 21, 2015. The current filing and registration fees for a trademark are $24 USD and $58 USD respectively; the new fees are expected to increase to $264 USD (for filing) and $1,586 (for publication and registration).
In September 2015, Canada began accepting voluntary registrations for trademarks using the NICE Agreement. Previously, Canada was one of the few countries worldwide that had not adhered to the Nice Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the Registration of marks. This move will streamline the process for applicants searching for potential conflicting trademarks and will also reduce translation costs which foreign trademark offices previously required
On November 19, 2015 the Indian Government published the draft 2015 Trademark Rules to replace the existing 2002 Trademark Rules, and to introduce a 50% increase on all fees payable with respect to trademark registrations. Under the new trademark rules the fee for filing an application is proposed to increase from 4000 to 8000 and the fee for renewing a trademark from 5000 to 10000 respectively. The draft rules are open for public comments until December 17, 2015. The final rules are expected to be published and become effective in the second quarter of 2016.
The Madrid System has been transformed to a one treaty system with the addition of Algeria who acceded to the Madrid Protocol; the Protocol entered into force on October 31, 2015. Going forward, all international registrations of marks will be exclusively governed by the Madrid protocol.
Official fees for filing a national application per market class were reduced effective 10-15-15 from CNY 800 to CNY 600 for designated goods or services that are within the basic ten. Additionally, each item in excess of the basic ten will incur an official fee of CNY 60 (which was reduced from the previous official fee of CNY 80).
The Libyan Trademark Office (LTMO) has started issuing registration certificates as well as accepting renewal applications since 1 October 2015 following civil unrest. A registration certificate will be issued for any applications that have matured to registration and are still valid (i.e., published and no oppositions raised) once payment of the official fees of LYD151 (approximately $111 USD) has been made. Renewal certificates can be issued for expired applications after paying the normal renewal fee of LYD181 (approximately $133 USD) per application.
Effective September 28, 2015 the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) officially launched the online application for the renewal of registered trademarks, which shortens the renewal process from the current period of one year to a maximum of 14 working days.
The New Trademark Act 2015 and the New Trademark Rules 2015 comes into effect in the British Virgin Islands on September 1, 2015. The implication of this change means that the dual filing system that is currently in place will no longer apply. Additionally, it will no longer be possible to file a BVI trademark on the basis of a UK registration.