Donnerstag, 25.September 2014
New Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programmes planned

The EPO has signed Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Canada, Mexico and Singapore to launch accelerated treatment of patent applications, starting in January 2015.

The pilot programmes...

Donnerstag, 28.August 2014
European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO), and Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, have signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia.

Under the...

Freitag, 20.Juni 2014
Changes in German Patent Law

Several changes of some relevance to patent application practice in Germany have come into effect on April 1, 2014. Among these:


The time period allotted for filing a translation of an English-language or French-language...

Freitag, 20.Juni 2014
OHIM implements the agreed common practice on black and white trade marks in its Guidelines

In the framework of the European Trade Mark and Design Network, the OHIM and a number of trademark offices in the European Union have agreed on a common practice with regard to black and white or greyscale marks as compared with...

Freitag, 20.Juni 2014
WIPO introduces image search function into its Global Brand Database

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has introduced an image-search function for its Global Brand Database, adding a new feature that allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trademark and.

Donnerstag, 19.Juni 2014
European Patent Office launches mobile website

The EPO has launched a mobile website, optimized for smart phones and tablet computers.

Available at, the new site does not include all content of the main EPO website. Instead, the EPO has concentrated on the...

Freitag, 23.Mai 2014
Chinese Trademark Office has joined TMClass

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market has announced that the trademark office of the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has joined TMClass.

TMClass accordingly now also offers...

Dienstag, 01.April 2014
Patent Prosecution Highway between German and Japanese/Chinese patent offices extended for two years

Since 2008 applicants for a patent have been able to request accelerated examination of their patent applications from the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Japanese Patent Office.  This arrangement, entitled...

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