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
May 31, 2018

Argentina: Moves Towards PCT Accession

While the PCT ratification bill is not likely to be considered soon, Argentina steadily moves towards joining.  This was confirmed during the recent discussions of the PCT as part of negotiations regarding a free trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur states (Argentina, Brazil, Paraquay and Uruguay). Source:  IP-Coster
May 31, 2018

Mexico: Trademark Law to be Updated Soon

On May 18, 2018 the Mexican government published the Decree on Amendments to the trademark law in the Official Journal of the Federation. The modified law will not limit the right to file a trademark application to “industrialists, traders or service providers” only.  As a result of these changes any natural or legal person will be able to have their trademarks registered.  The updated law stipulates and broadens the term “trademark” so that it will apply exclusively to visible aspects.  Going forward a trademark may be any mark perceptible by senses.  This means that applicants  will be able to register non-traditional marks, such as sound, smell or hologram.  It will also be possible to register the trade dress, certification marks, generic or descriptive trademarks as well as trademarks consisting of proper names, commercial names, names of physical persons, letters, digits, figurative elements, combinations of colors and three-dimensional shapes. Another important Amendment is that the letters of consent on the coexistence of trademarks, being confusingly similar, will be recognized by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI).  As soon as the trademark is registered for three years, its owner will be obliged to file a declaration of the trademark’s real and continued use within three months of the said term. Otherwise, the trademark will automatically be considered as lapsed.   Source:  www.
May 8, 2018

Yemen: New Regulations for Trademark Registration Procedures

The Trademark Office in Yemen announced new regulations related to trademark registration procedures which entered into force on March 18, 2018.  The new regulations include: The registration procedures of all pending applications must be completed within 12 months from filing data; otherwise the subject applications will be cancelled. The registration procedures of all applications with conditional acceptance must be completed within 12 months from the Registrar’s decision date; otherwise the subject application will be cancelled The publication fees must be paid within 60 days as from the date of receiving the acceptance for publication; otherwise the subject application will be cancelled. Source:
May 8, 2018

Bahrain: E-Filing of Patents

The Patent Office in Bahrain announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form.  The e-portal allows for the submission of application forms electronically along with soft copies of the required documents such as the power of attorney, assignment from inventors, and Arabic translation. Other jurisdictions in the Arabian Gulf that previously implemented electronic filing for patent applications are Saudi Arabia, the regional office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Arab Emirates, and most recently Qatar.   Source:  SABAIP