As the United Kingdom on March 29, 2017 submitted its notification that the UK intends to withdraw from the European Union ("Brexit"), all EU law will cease to apply to the UK from March 30, 2019, 00:00h CET. From the EU perspective the United Kingdom will then become a "third country". "All EU law" of course also includes EU rules on trademarks and Community designs, which means that subject to any transitional agreement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, the respective EU rules will no longer apply to the UK as of the withdrawal date.
Inventors and businesses applying for patent protection at the EPO and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) are now able to benefit from fast-track patent examination at both offices, following the entry into force of the joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme.
Validation agreement between EPO and Tunisia to enter into force on 1 December
EPO welcomes Brazil into family of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) partner offices
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced changes in its trademark fees effective January 14, 2017. Unfortunately, there has been a sharp rise for some of the items changed.
Please find the details at the relevant USPTO page.
The Chairmen of the Unitary Patent Court Preparatory Committee and the EPO Select Committee dealing with the Unitary Patent have commented in a joint communique on the possible consequences of Brexit for the Unitary Patent system.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Israel Ministry of Justice unit, the Israel Patent Office (ILPO) have announced ILPO’s participation in the Cooperative Classification Patent (CPC) system.
In a joint project with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the national European IP offices have revised the requirements for the graphic representtation of designs and prepared guidelines for ensuring common practices in design registration proceedings.