Intellectual property news and updates

Community Designs and Trade Marks will now cover Croatia

On the 1st July 2013, Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union (EU).

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.

Proposed modernisation of the Community trade mark system

The European Commission recently announced plans to update the system of Community trade mark protection. The proposed changes aim to make the EU trade mark system more accessible by reducing the cost and complexity of the system.

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.

Brand-i : the anti-counterfeiting directory

As a manufacturer of branded products, how can you ensure that consumers know where to buy your authentic products online? You can use Brand-i, a website set up by Trading Standards in the UK to ensure that consumers can buy authentic goods from authorised online stockists for key counterfeit goods.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) funding IP audits

SMEs can currently apply for funding for an IP audit via one of the UKIPO’s partners including GrowthAccelerator, Welsh Government and Scottish Enterprise, for companies based in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.

Mexico joins the Madrid Protocol

On 19 November 2012 Mexico became the latest country to accede to the Madrid Protocol governing the International Registration of trade marks.

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