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.
Effective May 18, 2015, a new rule relating to the payment of annuity fees in Italy came into force. According to the new rule, the Italian Patent Office has assigned a revised 15-digit official national application number (DOAN) to all Italian patents, validations of European patents, designs and utility models. The newly assigned DOAN must be referenced when paying renewal fees through the Italian Patent Office’s new system of payment.
Trademark registrations are valid for 10 years from filing date and are renewable for 10 year periods. For late renewals there is a six month grace period. Trademarks may be cancelled if the mark has not been in use for a period of five consecutive years following registration. When registering a trademark across each of the six GCC countries you must file a separate national trademark application for each. Official fees will vary for each trademark office. Official fees have increased considerably in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and UAE; Bahrain and Qatar are expected to increase as well.
Effective March 1, 2015, European patents may now be validated in Morocco. This is the first time that a non-European country recognizes the legal validity of a European in its territory. This move should expand the country’s opportunities to increase foreign investment, while simultaneously strengthening the economics benefits of the Moroccan patent system.