Intellectual property news and updates

Patents fast-track via new Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) launched on 6 January 2014. The GPPH is a pilot scheme between 17 participating national and regional patent offices.

Step forward for Online Patent Translation

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced this week that the language coverage of their free translation tool Patent Translate is now complete – one year ahead of schedule.

Fast track for patents in China

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have signed an important Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) allowing the examination of patent applications in China to be fast tracked.

UK IP regime the ‘best in the world’

The UK intellectual property regime is the ‘best in the world’, according to the latest Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI) report. Read more here

Islamic Republic of Iran joins the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT)

The Islamic Republic of Iran has become a member of the Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT). All new PCT applications filed on or after 4 October 2013 will automatically designate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

China’s newly amended trade mark laws: what has changed?

New amendments to China’s trade mark laws were recently approved and are due to come into force in May next year. Some of the major changes are briefly summarised below.

Utility models: an important alternative to patents or an irrelevance?

Utility models, short term patents, petty patents, innovation patents, utility certificates – the names may be unfamiliar to you, but they all relate to a form of IP right which is under-utilised, and there are many businesses that could benefit from them.

Saudi Arabia’s accession to the PCT

On 3 May 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to become the 147th contracting state. The Treaty entered in to force on 3 August 2013. The result is that all new PCT applications filed on or after 3 August 2013 now automatically designate Saudi Arabia.

Australian trade mark opposition procedure changes

Amendments to the Trade Mark Regulations 1995 came into force in Australia on 15 April 2013. These amendments significantly affect the trade mark opposition procedure in Australia.

Ethiopia implements new trade mark law

On 24 December 2012 a new trade mark law was implemented in Ethiopia. As a result of the new law steps will need to be taken in respect of trade marks that were registered in Ethiopia prior to this date.

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