Archive: July, 2014

Should an ovum be protected with a patent?

Should an ovum be protected with a patent?

Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-364/13 International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents According to Advocate General Cruz Villalón, an ovum whose development has been stimulated without fertilisation and which is not capable of becoming a human being cannot be considered a human embryo However, if this ovum is genetically manipulated in such […]

Conference for patent professionals and industry

Conference for patent professionals and industry

1-2 October 2014 European Patent Office, The Hague The EPO’s involvement with the Patent Cooperation Treaty has always been a matter of top priority. As a leading PCT authority the EPO produces approximately 40% of all international search reports and 50% of international preliminary examinations reports. Against this backdrop, the EPO is once again organising a […]

Community trademarks - looking after your rights

Community trademarks – looking after your rights

A Community trademark confers on the proprietor exclusive rights therein. The proprietor shall be entitled to prevent all third parties not having consent from using it in the course of trade. Art. 9 of the CTM Regulation You are responsible for enforcing your registered trademark. To do this effectively you must ensure your trademark is correctly […]

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market - Service Charter for 2014

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market – Service Charter for 2014

The OHIM is pleased to publish the result of the first quarter of the Service Charter for 2014. Its performance is presented in an entirely reviewed format integrating the timeline used for other purposes on the website. This change has been introduced to provide a much more visible presentation of the steps showing timeliness and […]

The Back Office project kicks off accross Europe

The Back Office project kicks off accross Europe

An OHIM team was in Athens for two weeks, working with both Greek offices to prepare the Back Office project. As the pilots near completion in Finland and Poland, 10 other intellectual property offices are getting ready to follow. These include Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, BOIP, Greece GGE, Greece OBI, Malta, Slovenia, Romania, and Spain. Both Greek […]

Should an ovum be protected with a patent?

Should an ovum be protected with a patent?

Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-364/13 International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents According to Advocate General Cruz Villalón, an ovum whose development has been stimulated without fertilisation and which is not capable of becoming a human being cannot be considered a human embryo However, if this ovum is genetically manipulated in such […]

A registered Community design – looking after your rights

A registered Community design – looking after your rights

‘A registered Community design confers on the proprietor exclusive rights therein. The proprietor shall be entitled to prevent all third parties not having consent from using it in the course of trade.’ Article 19 of the Community design Regulation Make sure no one tries to protect an identical or similar design. Search design registers for […]

Nominations for European Inventor Award 2015

Nominations for European Inventor Award 2015

The European Inventor Award 2015 is now open for entries. Whether you work in industry, at a university or research institute or for a professional association, are an individual inventor, or even just someone with an interest in the work inventors do, this is your chance to join in by entering your favourite inventor or […]

Forecasting tool goes live

Forecasting tool goes live

The new common tool, a result of five years of research into forecasting systems, provides participating IP Offices with a better understanding about the underlying factors behind the evolution of trade marks and designs filings. It will support strategic planning and the optimal allocation of resources  of  participating Offices. ‘Forecasting’ has been developed thanks to […]

OHIM participates in the Italian Intellectual Property Information day

OHIM participates in the Italian Intellectual Property Information day

Yesterday the Italian Intellectual Property Office (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi) organised an information day on the activities and services of OHIM. A delegation from OHIM, headed by President António Campinos, travelled to Rome to meet the Italian Director General, Loredana Gulino, and exchange views on issues of common interest. The OHIM delegation presented, during […]

WIPO regional conference on good governance of collective management organisations in Slovenia

WIPO regional conference on good governance of collective management organisations in Slovenia

On 8 and 9 October 2014 the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office will organise in Ljubljana, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) a regional event on good governance and efficient operations of collective management organizations in the field of copyright and related rights in form of a 2 day conference. The goal of this […]

Work starts on one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands

Work starts on one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands

The EPO has began the construction of its new main building in Rijswijk, the Netherlands with a foundation-stone laying ceremony. Co-designed by architects Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Diederik Dam (Amsterdam), the new building will set a benchmark for sustainability and provide a flexible working environment of 80 000 square meters for the staff of the EPO. […]

National Day of Nikola Tesla - Day of Science, Technology and Innovation, July 10

National Day of Nikola Tesla – Day of Science, Technology and Innovation, July 10

Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest scientists and inventors of the 19th and 20th century, was born on 10 July 1856th in the village of Smiljan (Ličko-Senjska County). By the decision of the Croatian Parliament, July 10 has been declared a National day of Nikola Tesla, the day of science, technology and innovation.On the […]

Community trademarks - how to stay protected

Community trademarks – how to stay protected

Community trademarks (CTMs) can be sold, licensed, modified and renewed. A CTM registration lasts for 10 years but can be renewed indefinitely. Whether to renew or not depends on your brand strategy. You have the following three options: 1. Renew. Current online renewal costs €1 350 (plus €400 per class where a CTM covers more […]

The Back Office project kicks off accross Europe

The Back Office project kicks off accross Europe

An OHIM team is in Athens for two weeks, working with both Greek offices to prepare the Back Office project. As the pilots near completion in Finland and Poland, 10 other intellectual property offices are getting ready to follow. These include Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, BOIP, Greece GGE, Greece OBI, Malta, Slovenia, Romania, and Spain. Both Greek […]