Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs

Trade secrets: freedom of expression must be protected, say legal affairs MEPs

Plans to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were backed by the legal affairs committee on Tuesday. The committee clarified the draft rules to ensure respect for freedom of expression and information, including media freedom, and provide adequate protection for whistle-blowers. “Fighting against economic and industrial espionage, […]

EU copyright reform must balance rightholders’ and users’ interests, say MEPs

EU copyright reform must balance rightholders’ and users’ interests, say MEPs

Forthcoming proposals to reform EU copyright law for the digital era and EU digital single market must protect Europe’s cultural diversity and citizens’ access to it, whilst striking a fair balance between the rights and interests of rightholders and users, say Legal Affairs Committee MEPs in a non-legislative resolution. “In this report, Parliament recognises that […]

Modernising European trademark legislation

Modernising European trademark legislation

Trademark registration would be quicker and more efficient for businesses under draft rules informally agreed between MEPs and the Latvian presidency. The rules, aimed to foster economic growth by modernising trademark registration and protection rules, would also help to fight against counterfeit goods in transit. “Today’s deal will ensure that the trademark registration will be […]

European Inventor Award 2015 - the winners

European Inventor Award 2015 – the winners

Lifetime achievement Andreas Manz (Switzerland) was honoured for the invention of microlab chip technology. Thanks to his work it is now possible to conduct complex medical, biological or chemical analyses quickly and efficiently on microchips no bigger than just a few millimetres in size. The pioneer in research on microfluidics therefore paved the way for […]

After ACTA: EU needs new tools to protect EU intellectual property rights

After ACTA: EU needs new tools to protect EU intellectual property rights

The EU needs better tools to protect EU intellectual property in third countries, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They ask the EU Commission to look into appropriate means and methods to this end. In a separate resolution, also voted on Tuesday, they also advocate assessing and adjusting intra-EU rules to combat online […]

Outstanding inventors honoured with the European Inventor Award

Outstanding inventors honoured with the European Inventor Award

The EPO today presented the European Inventor Award 2015 in the heart of Paris. The prestigious annual award, now in its 10th year, honours outstanding inventors who through their work have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress and economic growth. More than 400 guests from the worlds of politics, business and academia […]

OHIM Administrative Board and Budget Committee meeting

OHIM Administrative Board and Budget Committee meeting

The Administrative Board and Budget Committee, governing bodies of OHIM, composed of representatives of the Member States of the EU and the European Commission, have ended their biannual meeting at OHIM’s headquarters in Alicante. On June 8, the Administrative Board issued a favourable opinion on the draft OHIM Guidelines for Examination in the Office for […]

Counterfeiting of cosmetics, perfumes and luxury goods - knowledge building conference

Counterfeiting of cosmetics, perfumes and luxury goods – knowledge building conference

An OHIM knowledge building conference on counterfeiting of cosmetics, perfumes and luxury goods has taken place from 3 to 5 June at OHIM in Alicante. The event, part of a series of similar events targeting various sectors, is co-hosted by OHIM, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, Europol and Eurojust. Speakers […]

Social dialogue in EPO: discussion continues

Social dialogue in EPO: discussion continues

A second roundtable meeting took place on 28 May 2015 with the Chairman of the Administrative Council, Jesper Kongstad, EPO President Benoît Battistelli, representatives of SUEPO and FFPE to resume discussion on the formal recognition of trade unions within the EPO legal framework. These debates were supported by a progress report which presented the outcomes […]

Proposal for changes to the Nice Classification was accepted

Proposal for changes to the Nice Classification was accepted

During the 25th Session of the Committee of Experts of the Nice Union held from 27 April to 1 May 2015 and attended by representatives of KC G&S Issues, the OHIM presented the Proposal for changes to the Class Headings and Explanatory Notes prepared by the CP1 Working Group. The Nice Classification is the primary […]

The principality of Monaco cannot claim any protection within the European Union for the international trademark MONACO for certain goods and services

The principality of Monaco cannot claim any protection within the European Union for the international trademark MONACO for certain goods and services

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The material is presented by Bockhorni & Kollegen, Elsenheimerstr. 49, D - 80687 Munich
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The material is presented by Bockhorni & Kollegen, Elsenheimerstr. 49, D - 80687 Munich

The material is presented by Bockhorni & Kollegen, Elsenheimerstr. 49, D - 80687 Munich
EPO welcomes CJEU decisions which clear the way for the unitary patent

EPO welcomes CJEU decisions which clear the way for the unitary patent

The EPO welcomed the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to dismiss the legal challenges against the unitary patent package. It confirms that the European patent with unitary effect will be based on the procedure for granting European patents laid down in the European Patent Convention and that all implementing […]

The Court dismisses both of Spain's actions against the regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection

The Court dismisses both of Spain’s actions against the regulations implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection

Pressrelease of Court of Justice of the European Union

Pressrelease of Court of Justice of the European Union
Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Norway

Change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Norway

In accordance with Rule 35(2)(d) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has established that from June 6, 2015, the amounts of the individual fee payable in respect of Norway will change. Those amounts will be 278 Swiss francs for the first three classes […]