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:  
September 7, 2018

Cuba: Joins TM Class Effective August 8, 2018

Effective August 8, 2018, the Cuban Office of Industrial Property (OCPI) joins TMclass with the latest version of the Nice classification.   Source:
September 7, 2018

Bermuda: Official Fees Increased April 2018

On April 1, 2018 the Trademarks Registry of Bermuda increased the official fees for trademark matters.  Overall, the fees increased by approximately five percent for matters including registration, renewal, and recordal of marks.   Source:  Caribbean IP USA
September 7, 2018

Afghanistan:  Submission of Notarized and Legalized PoA Required

The Afghan Trademark Registration Office (ATRO) has stipulated that it is no longer permissible to file trademark applications without a scanned copy of the notarized and legalized power of attorney to the Afghani Consulate abroad.  The original power of attorney needs to be submitted within one month from the date of filing.  This decision has been put into effect as of August 29, 2018. Source:  JAH & Co. IP Qatar
August 29, 2018

Canada: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The Director General for Trademarks at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office announced the future accession of Canada to the Madrid Protocol. It is expected that Canada will join the treaty in early 2019.   Source:
August 28, 2018

Mexico: Agrees to Raise IP Enforcement Standards with US

Mexico and the United States have reached a preliminary agreement to raise standards of enforcement of intellectual property rights, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).  The Agreement appears to toughen the requirements for internet service providers in protecting against copyright theft and extend copyright terms.   Source: Intellectual Property Watch
August 22, 2018

Mexico: Declarations of Use Amendments

Effective August 10, 2018, recent amendments to the Mexican Industrial Property Law come into full force.  The amendments require trademark owners to file declarations of use (DU) for the following: Registrations to be renewed Those turning three years from grant date