March 26, 2018

Europe: Changes in EPO Official Fees Effective April 1, 2018

The EPO has announced that effective April 1, 2018 there will be a number of changes in its official fees, although the majority of the fees remain unchanged.  Some of the key changes to fees include: Search Fees– The reduced search fee which has traditionally been available for international applications will no longer be available Appeal Fee– will increase from €1,880 to €2,255 for larger companies.  The current, lower fee amount will still apply if the appeal is filed by an individual, small or medium sized enterprise, university, public research organization, or non-profit organization. Electronic filing– the fee for filing European patent applications non-electronically is being raised to €250, but if filed electronically, the existing fee of €120 will apply. PCT Applications- fees payable to the EPO as International Searching Authority or International Examining Authority will decrease. The reduction is presumably intended to encourage more Applicants to make use of the EPO’s services in relation to PCT applications.   Source:  Sanam, Habib, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
March 2, 2018

Oman: Adopting the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force in February, 2018 in Oman, thus replacing the outgoing 10th edition. The adoption of the 11th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Oman. Upon next renewal, goods and classes affected by this change in formalities should be reclassified accordingly by the Trademark Office. Source: SABA IP
March 2, 2018

Tunisia: Increase in Value Added Tax Rate

Effective January 2, 2018, the value added tax increased in Tunisia from 18 percent to 19 percent. The increase in the VAT rate in Tunisia follows a similar increase in Lebanon, where the VAT stands at 11 percent up from a level of 10 percent. Source:  SABA IP
February 26, 2018

Sweden: Official Fee Increases Effective February 14, 2018

Effective February 14, 2018 the Swedish Patent office has announced certain fee changes for patents and trademarks. For patents, the annual fee can’t be paid more than six months before the due date.  The annual fee may be paid with a 20% increase within six months from the due date.  If the annuity is not paid, the patent lapses from the beginning of the fee year for which the annuity was not paid.  This also applies if the annuity is not paid in the full amount. Annuities must be paid without a reminder from PRV.  The PRV does not send an invoice regarding the annual fees.  Additional information about annual fees can be found here: The new official fee for filing a trademark application is now SEK 2,700 in paper form and SEK 2,000 for e-filing in one class.  The official fee for each additional class is now SEK 1,000 for e-filing and in paper form.   Source    
January 10, 2018

Iraq:  Updated Trademark Registration System

The Iraqi Trademark Office suspended all pending applications with filing numbers ranging between 50,000 and 72,000, due to the huge backlog of work at the TMO.  Applicants must re-file their applications at the TMO, but will still benefit from prior rights. This news follows the introduction of a new procedure at the TMO for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address, which entails the publication of notices in the Official Gazette.  An additional fee for publication is associated with this revised practice. Source:  SABA IP
January 10, 2018

Afghanistan:  No Grace Period for Trademark Renewals

The Trademark Office in Afghanistan announced that there is no longer a grace period for the renewal of an expired trademark. The previous practice at the TMO allowed for a six-month grace period.  With this announcement, it is advisable that all renewals must be filed no later than one month before their expiration date. Source:  SABA IP
January 10, 2018

USPTO:  Change in Practice for Utility Reissued Patents Effective January 16, 2018

Effective January 16, 2018, each utility reissued patent requires its own maintenance fee payment during the unexpired part of the term of the original patent (unless the original patent was filed before December 12, 1980). The new practice requires a maintenance fee to be paid in each reissued patent in force on (i.e., issued before) the maintenance fee due date. This includes all reissued patents that replace the same original patent and have maintenance fees due on or after January 16, 2018. The new practice also includes a requirement for maintenance fee payments in original patents that are not surrendered because one or more reissue applications of the same original patent are still pending on the maintenance fee due date. In summary, for maintenance fees due on or after January 16, 2018, the new practice requires a separate payment of the maintenance fee for each reissued patent based on a single original patent, and for the original patent if there is a pending reissue application based on the same original patent, to maintain each reissued patent(s) and the original patent in force beyond the 4th, 8th, or 12th anniversary of the grant date of the original patent.   Source:  USPTO
January 10, 2018

United Arab Emirates:  Trademark Certificates to be Issued Electronically

The Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically starting from gazette number 181 onwards.  No certificates will be issued for applications that were accepted and published after November 2017. Source:  SABA IP
November 21, 2017

BOIP: Increase in Tariffs for Trademarks Effective January 1, 2018

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) announced that effective January 1, 2018 there will be an increase in tariffs for renewal of a trademark.  The basic fee for an individual trademark, first 3 classes is € 268.  The basic fee for collective trademark, first 3 classes will be € 489.  The supplementary fee for each subsequent class will be € 48, and the supplementary fee for a renewal and/or payment in the grace period (article 2.9, par. 4BCIP) € 133. The tariffs have remained unchanged since 2005, but on 28 September, 2017 the Management Board decided to increase them. Source:
November 21, 2017

Great Britain: Increase in Patent Fees Effective April 2018

An increase in fees for patents are planned to take place on 6 April 2018:   Increase to the application fee, and introduction of a 25% surcharge if it is not paid at the time of filing. Increase to the fees for search and substantive examination. Introduction of an excess claims fee (£20 for each claim over 25, payable at search). Introduction of an excess pages fee (£10 for each page of description over 35, payable at substantive examination). A £10 increase to renewal fees from year 12 onwards.