Dienstag, 26.Februar 2019
New members of TMClass, TMView, DesignView

There are new accessions to the TMClass, TMView and DesignView tools of the EUIPO.

Mittwoch, 23.Januar 2019
Amendments of the German Trademark Act

The Trade Mark Law Modernisation Act (Markenrechtsmodernisierungsgesetz) came into force on 14 January 2019. The aim is to transpose all mandatory and also a large number of optional provisions of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015/2436 of 16 December 2015 (TMD) into German law. The current amendments contain some significant changes to German trade mark law. We want to give an overview about the most important aspects.

Freitag, 26.Januar 2018
United Kingdom will become a "third country"

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.

Dienstag, 17.Oktober 2017
EPO and EAPO begin fast-track patent examination cooperation

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.

Dienstag, 17.Oktober 2017
Validation agreement for European patents in Tunisia

Validation agreement between EPO and Tunisia to enter into force on 1 December

Dienstag, 17.Oktober 2017
Patent Prosecution Highway between European Patent Office and Brazil

EPO welcomes Brazil into family of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) partner offices

Dienstag, 13.Dezember 2016
USPTO changes trademark fees

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.

Mittwoch, 21.September 2016
Unitary Patent Court Preparatory Committee and EPO Select Committee comment on Brexit

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.

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