The General Court of the European Union Welcomed Additional Judges

The General Court of the European Union Welcomed Additional Judges

The entry into office of the additional judges will be the third stage of the reform of the judicial structure of the European Union.

back office

Enhanced back office system in Greece

New achievement of EUIPO’s European Cooperation projects – Greece has implemented an enhanced back office system.

IP rights

Enforcement of IP rights in the European Union

In 2012 the EUIPO created the Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST). In 2013, following the mandate to its European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, the EUIPO made the ACIST database available to all law enforcement authorities in every EU Member State, thus launching the ‘ACIST community’.

Croatia

Visual search for TMview extended to Croatia

TMview’s visual search facility, which allows users to search for trade marks in the world’s largest free, online trade mark database, has been extended to one more intellectual property office.

McDonalds

McDonald’s loses exclusive use of “Mc”

American fast food giant McDonald’s has suffered a fresh blow to its “Mc” trademark, losing its exclusive claim to the use of the prefix on a number of its products and services.

European patent office

Revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

The revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) were adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee of EPO on 4 April 2019 and were unanimously approved by the Administrative Council at its 160th meeting on 26 and 27 June 2019.

domaine de premier niveau .eu

RÈGLEMENT (UE) 2019/517 DU PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN ET DU CONSEIL

du 19 mars 2019 concernant la mise en œuvre et le fonctionnement du nom de domaine de premier niveau .eu, modifiant et abrogeant le règlement (CE) no 733/2002 et abrogeant le règlement (CE) no 874/2004 de la Commission (Texte présentant de l’intérêt pour l’EEE) LE PARLEMENT EUROPÉEN ET LE CONSEIL DE L’UNION EUROPÉENNE, vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne, et notamment son article 172, vu la proposition de la Commission européenne, […]

guidelines for examination

EPO issues Guidelines for Examination concerning Artificial intelligence and machine learning

For the first time, the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued guidance on the patentability of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. The guidance will become valid on 1 November 2018. According to the Guidelines: Artificial intelligence and machine learning are based on computational models and algorithms for classification, clustering, regression and dimensionality reduction, such […]

types of mark

Notice to holders of and applicants for EU trademarks and designs

NOTICE TO HOLDERS OF AND APPLICANTS FOR EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARKS PURSUANT TO REGULATION (EU) 2017/1001 ON THE EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK AND TO HOLDERS OF AND APPLICANTS FOR COMMUNITY DESIGNS PURSUANT TO REGULATION (EC) NO 6/2002 ON COMMUNITY DESIGNS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw […]

Changes in the EUTM Law regarding certification marks

Changes in the EUTM Law regarding certification marks

Certification marks are a new kind of trade mark at EU level, although they have existed in certain national level systems in the EU for some years. The European Union certification mark is defined as a mark that is “capable of distinguishing goods or services which are certified by the proprietor of the mark in […]

Graphical representation, types of mark - legislative changes since 01.10.2017

Graphical representation, types of mark – legislative changes since 01.10.2017

The graphical representation requirement no longer applies when submitting a trade mark application as and from 1 October 2017. This means that, from that date, signs can be represented in any appropriate form using generally available technology, as long as the representation is clear, precise, self-contained, easily accessible, intelligible, durable and objective. The result is a ‘what you see is […]

New changes of EU law in force from 01.10.2017

New changes of EU law in force from 01.10.2017

On 23 March 2016, Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation (the Amending Regulation) entered into force. Among other things, the Amending Regulation changed: the name of the Office to the European Union Intellectual Property Office; the name of the trade mark administered by the Office to […]

Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms

Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms

The EUIPO through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has launched a report on Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms. The report uses data from the Community Innovation Survey for 24 EU Member States to examine the economic importance of trade secrets and their relation with […]

EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

From 1 July 2017, the EPO will no longer grant patents for plants and animals exclusively obtained by means of an “essentially biological process”. The press release of the EPO from 29.06.2017 states the following: On a proposal of the European Patent Office its Administrative Council took a decision to amend the relevant Regulations in order […]

EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

EUTM application 014297006 Garden CREATIONS partially rejected by EUIPO due to likelihood of confusion on the part of the public

The opposition against EUTM application No. 014297006 Garden CREATIONS Y filed by AGRO-BIO TRADING OOD, represented by IP Consulting, pursuant to Article 8(1)(b)EUTMR was settled as the trade mark was rejected for all the contested goods against which the opposition was filed pursuant to the final decision of the Operations Department rendered in opposition No. […]