Dienstag, 13.Januar 2015
EPO launches fast-track patent examination with Israel

The European Patent Office (EPO) has signed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme with the Israel Patent Office to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications starting in January 2015.

The pilot programme...

Freitag, 07.November 2014
"Fast Track" processing of trademark applications

From November 24, OHIM users will have the option of having their applications published more quickly with OHIM's new "Fast Track" procedure, free of charge. "Fast Track" is promised to mean that the trademark...

Freitag, 07.November 2014
Community trade mark applications to be examined only after payment

From November 24, OHIM will only examine trade mark applications and process any mail related to them after they are paid for.

Source: Alicante News

Mittwoch, 05.November 2014
OHIM: New practice regarding "vague terms" in IR trademarks

OHIM examiners have begun issuing provisional refusals for International Registrations designating the EU that have been notified by WIPO to the OHIM on or after October 1, 2014 and that contain vague terms lacking in clarity and...

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...

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