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.
November 14, 2017

Iraq:  New Stipulations Come Into Force in November 1, 2017

On October 30, 2017, the Iraqi Trademark Office issued new directives which have brought into force the stipulations of article No. 15 of Iraqi Trademark Law No. 26 of 1957 pertaining to the publication of renewals, recordals of change of name & address, merger, assignment, etc. in the Official Gazette. According to the notified decision, an official fee of IQD 200000 (equivalent to USD $169.49) will be incurred for the above-mentioned actions and will be applied to newly filed applications  and retroactively for pending applications which have not yet been issued with their certificates.  The new fees entered into force as of November 1, 2017. Source:
November 14, 2017

France:  Filing of Trademark/Design Applications Electronically Only

The French National Trademark Office (INPI) recently posted information on its website ( that effective October 6, 2017 the filing of a trademark and design can only be done electronically through the website. Additionally, as of November 2, 2017, procedural exchanges, withdrawal declarations and requests for correction of material errors can only be filed on line. Source:
November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia:   Value Added Tax to Become Effective as of January 1, 2018

  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are expected to implement the Valued Added Tax (VAT) effective January 1, 2018. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare and education. Source:  Saba IP
November 2, 2017

Egypt: Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017

The Trademark Office in Egypt announced that the official fees for trademark matters have considerably increased across the board in comparison with their previous level.  The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017 and will cover new as well as pending applications. Source:  SABA IP
November 2, 2017

Syria: Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017

  Syria:  Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017 Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria.  The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017. Source:  SABA IP
October 25, 2017

Brazil: Software Act Specifically Designed for the Protection of Software

“Software in Brazil is protected by copyright as they are considered a literary work. This protection covers the literal aspects of the software, which is to say, its source or object code. It is important to mention that the Brazilian copyright law does not protect technical and functional aspects of a code, although there are no restrictions on protecting it by means of other industrial property registrations. In Brazil, Software Registration is optional since the intellectual right emerges from the work itself. Unlike other countries that use only copyright law to protect software, in Brazil there is a specific act on the protection of software, known as the Software Act. Regarding unspecified aspects in the Software Act, what is established by Copyright Law must be observed. The term for Software protection in Brazil is 50 years as from January 1st of the subsequent year of the creation or publication of the program. Software can be kept in secret and only be disclosed by court order or by request of the owner of such right.”   Source: