The EPO welcomes next step forward for the Unified Patent Court

The EPO welcomes next step forward for the Unified Patent Court

Yesterday in Luxembourg, in the margins of the Competitiveness Council, seven member states (including France, Germany and the United Kingdom) signed the Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC).‎ A number of other states affirmed their support and expect to sign the Protocol soon. This Protocol is another milestone […]

Ukraine country guide published

Ukraine country guide published

The latest country guide on IPR in Ukraine complement the current batch of guides of the Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights covering Brazil, China, the Russian federation and Turkey is now published. This time the Observatory, in cooperation with the European Commission (DG Growth), agreed to follow the style of the IPR Helpdesks’ […]

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Trade marks reform: Council confirms agreement with Parliament

Trade marks reform: Council confirms agreement with Parliament On 10 June 2015, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved a compromise agreement on the reform of the European trade mark system. The reform of the current system will improve the conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against […]

News from the European Trade mark and Design Network

News from the European Trade mark and Design Network

As of 14 September 2015, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of CIPO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by the Office for harmonization in the internal market in collaboration with its international partners. With CIPO on-board, there are […]

Conference - IP Statistics for Decision Makers

Conference – IP Statistics for Decision Makers

Conference 3 – 4 November Intellectual property (IP) helps to promote investment in new and improved products and processes, and allows innovators to make a return on their investment. It also plays an important role in the dissemination and use of the knowledge and innovations contained for example in patent documents and registered designs. This […]

EPO and Italy await introduction of EU unitary patent

EPO and Italy await introduction of EU unitary patent

Meeting in Rome, EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Italy’s Under Secretary of State to the Ministry of Economic Development, Simona Vicari, discussed the role of patents in supporting innovation and the upcoming introduction of a European patent with unitary effect for the EU member states. After clarification of important legal questions on the unitary patent […]

Benelux Office for Intellectual Property implements Back Office for Designs

Benelux Office for Intellectual Property implements Back Office for Designs

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) has gone live with the Software Package Back Office for Designs tool, developed by the Cooperation Fund. The first application has already been received and processed by the new system. This implementation is result of substantial effort and close collaboration between the Office for harmonization in the internal […]

Back Office for industrial designs in Greece

Back Office for industrial designs in Greece

The Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (GR OBI) has recently gone live with the Back Office for Designs, tool developed under the framework of Cooperation Fund. The new system supports the complete lifecycle of industrial designs and facilitates application examination, recordals lifecycle as well as renewal and expiration automations. Six intellectual property offices across the European […]

Impact of counterfeiting in the Clothing, Footwear and Accessories Sector

Impact of counterfeiting in the Clothing, Footwear and Accessories Sector

The activities of wholesale and retail trade of clothing and footwear are important across the EU, whilst a large proportion (approximately 50%) of manufacture is located in Italy. Of the 647 thousand enterprises in this sector, 64% are engaged in retailing. For the EU as a whole, the estimated total counterfeiting effect amounts to 9.7% […]

Performance result of OHIM services

Performance result of OHIM services

OHIM published the performance result of our services for the second quarter of 2015, in terms of timeliness, quality and accessibility. The overall timeliness of operations appears to be maintained despite the increase in number of applications compared to the previous quarter. During the first quarter, the trend presented a much slower growth in applications […]

Latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading

Latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading

A new survey, published this week by the UK Intellectual Property Office, highlights the latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading, showing: an increase of more than 10% in take up of legal services since 2013 an increase of 6% in online consumption, of both legal and illegal content 1 in 5 still access […]

New Patent Law in Spain

New Patent Law in Spain

Last July 13th, 2015 the Spanish Senate approved a new Spanish Patent Law. The new Law will not come into force until April 1st, 2017. The new Law introduces, inter alia, the following changes: 1. It becomes compulsory to request the full substantive examination on novelty and inventive step of all Spanish patent applications. Until […]

European Inventor Award 2016 - Nominations

European Inventor Award 2016 – Nominations

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2016 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an inventor yourself to put forward a nominee. People from industry, research institutes, intellectual property associations and universities, as well as the general public, are […]

Over €26 billion and up to 363,000 jobs lost every year in the EU due to counterfeiting of clothes, shoes and accessories

Over €26 billion and up to 363,000 jobs lost every year in the EU due to counterfeiting of clothes, shoes and accessories

The manufacture and distribution of fake clothes, shoes and accessories (such as ties, scarves, belts and gloves) takes over €26 billion every year from legitimate EU businesses. A new study from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), shows that the sale of fake clothes, shoes and accessories in the EU equals nearly […]

Major conference on unitary patent and unified patent court

Major conference on unitary patent and unified patent court

On Thursday 16 July, the EPO hosted key actors in intellectual property for Premier Cercle’s annual conference on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. The third event of its kind, the forum hosted key speakers and contributors who addressed an audience of over 250 attendees on subjects related to the continuing development of […]