Freitag, 10.Januar 2014
Reform of German law on industrial designs has come into force

The German law on industrial designs has been substantially reformed, the changes having come into force on January 1, 2014. They include:

– a change in terminology:  The older German term "Geschmacksmuster" has...

Freitag, 10.Januar 2014
Tunisia has joined the international trademark system

The Madrid Protocol has entered into force in Tunisia, making Tunisia the 92nd country to accede to that treaty. Further details can be found on the WIPO's website here

Dienstag, 29.Oktober 2013
IP5 offices agree on joint PPH pilot program

The world's five largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) —  the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of...

Dienstag, 29.Oktober 2013
Co-operation of the EPO with Russia and the Eurasian region intensifies

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced the start of two major joint initiatives with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO), the...

Freitag, 18.Oktober 2013
Revision of the requirements for the filing of divisional applications (amendment of Rules 36, 38, and 135 EPC)

The Administrative Council has adopted in its meeting of October an amendment of the provisions of the European Patent Convention dealing with the requirements for the filing of divisional applications, namely Rules 36, 38, and...

Freitag, 26.Juli 2013
Preparatory Committee for UPC publishes Draft Rules of Procedure

The preparatory committee for the Unified Patent Court has published a draft of the UPC’s future Rules of Procedure and invites comments from interested parties.  Until October 1, 2013 written comments can be sent to...

Freitag, 26.Juli 2013
EU publishes new regulation on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

A new EU regulation aimed at strengthening customs enforcement of intellectual property rights has been published.

Regulation 608/2013 will, among other provisions, expand the list of possible IPR infringements to be controlled...

Freitag, 26.Juli 2013
USPTO-DPMA Patent Prosecution Highway extended

The joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot project between the USPTO and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), allowing applicants to request an accelerated examination of their national applications in the...

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