August 20, 2018

Uruguay: Reduction in Official Fees for Trademark Procedures

Pursuant to Circular 3/2018, issued by the National Office of Intellectual Property (DNPI), from August 1st, 2018, publication fees of all trademark procedures will not be charged with the exception of those related to renewals in grace period. This is part of a policy of digitalization and simplification of the filing processing in the National Office, which translates to cost savings for applicants and trademark owners in Uruguay.   Source:
August 3, 2018

Iran: Updates on Patent Annuities and Patent Term Expiration

The Iranian Intellectual Property Office issued a decision relating to the calculation of annuities and patent term expiration.  The following will apply: For new patent applications entered in Iran via PCT on or after May 30, 2018, the annuities due at the time of filing will include the back annuities accumulated in the international stage.  The annuity payments following the nationalization of an application will become due on the anniversary date of the international application. For granted and pending applications as of May 30, 2018, the correct annuity payments should be settled at the next expected date to bring the annuity year in line with the international filing date. For granted patents filed via PCT, there is no indication that the Letters Patent will be reissued with the correct expiration date.  It is mandatory to correct the annuity year by attending to the necessary payments at the next upcoming annuity date.   Source: SABA IP
August 3, 2018

UAE: Trademark Renewals Going Online

Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically effective 26, 2018 at the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates.   The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the online system, along with a renewal announcement in two local newspapers.  The certificate will then be issued instantaneously, which significantly speeds up the renewal process.   Source:  Saba Intellectual Property
July 18, 2018

Albania: New Trademark Law Includes Official Fee Modifications

A new trademark regulation entered into force in Albania on June 7, 2018, clarifying a range of issues raised by the changes to the Albanian Industrial Property Law in force as of March 24, 2017.  Some of the most significant changes and clarifications include the following: Official Fee Modifications: The regulation was accompanied by the introduction of official fees for the newly established IPO procedures and the increase in certain existing official fees by an average of ten percent. The new official fees list for trademarks, patents and designs services adopted by the Albanian IP Office entered into force as from June 6, 2018. The new fees cover filing, publication, registration, renewal, recordal, oppositions and cancellation of trademark, patent and design applications.   Clear Definitions and Representation Requirements:  The new regulation clearly defines different types of trademarks as well a representation requirements for the most common traditional trademarks.  Definitions are provided for word, figurative, position, pattern, color and shape marks that are in line with the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/626 of March 5, 2018. Literal Interpretation of Class Headings:  The regulation adopts the literal approach when interpreting the scope of protection when class headings are used in lists of goods an services in trademark applications and registrations.   Source:  Intellectual Property Watch, by Irma Cami, Senior Associate, PETOSEVIC Albania
July 18, 2018

Brazil: BRPTO and the DKPTO Sign Agreement to Expedite the Prosecution of Patent Applications

The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO) just announced that an agreement was signed with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) to expedite the prosecution of patent applications through a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program, wherein the Applicant may request the fast-track examination of its application in Brazil or Denmark after being granted by the other.   Brazil is the first country of South America to which the DKPTO signs a cooperation treaty.   Source: Clarke, Modet & Co.
July 12, 2018

Iceland: Amendments made to Icelandic Patent Legislation and Fee Schedule

The Icelandic Patent Act and the patent fee schedule have recently been modified as of June 1, 2018.  However, the corresponding patent regulations have not yet been changed.  These modifications are primarily aimed at meeting the requirements of the European Regulations on the supplementary protection certificates (SPC),   Source:  IP Coster
July 5, 2018

Iran: Accession to the Locarno Agreement

Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs.  The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018. Contracting states in the Middle East and North Africa are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan,and Turkey.   Source:  SABA IP
July 2, 2018

Portugal: New Official Fees Effective July 1, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018 there will be increases in Official Fees in Portugal for Patents and Trademarks. Patents: a) Validation: € 53,30 Trademarks: a) Filing fee Online (1 class):  € 126,17 (online), 252,33 (paper);each additional class: € 31,99 (online), 63,96 (paper);  filing fees: b) Renewal (1 class):  € 126,17 (online); each additional class: € 31,99 (online) c)  Recordal: a) Change name/address € 0,00 b) Assignment:  € 106,61   Source:  Alvaro Duarte & Associados
June 4, 2018

Morocco: Certificates Electronically Issued as of May 28, 2018

The Moroccan Trademark Office (OMPIC) has announced that effective May 28, 2018 trademark registration certificates and renewal certificates will be issued electronically in a digital PDF format, stamped by OMPIC. This new practice will expedite the registration process of national trademarks in Morocco.   Source:
June 1, 2018

OAPI: Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) recently adopted the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification, thus replacing the outgoing 10th Edition. The adoption of the 11th Edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered. Upon next renewal, goods and services affected by this change in formalities should be reclassified accordingly by the Trademark Office. Source:  Saba IP