Accession of new Member States to the EU - consequences for holders  of Community trademarks

Accession of new Member States to the EU – consequences for holders of Community trademarks

Rules concerning examination The basic rule of enlargement is that all existing CTM applications and registered CTMs are automatically extended to the new MS without any kind of additional intervention by the OHIM, other bodies or the holders of rights. This ensures that these rights have equal effect throughout the EU and complies with the […]

Reviewing European cooperation - European Patent Network

Reviewing European cooperation – European Patent Network

The European Patent Network is a unique framework of interaction and cooperation, bringing together a regional authority – the European Patent Office – with the national patent offices of the 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation. In addition, closer ties with OHIM have been developed in recent years to present a comprehensive spectrum […]

Commission presents actions to better protect and enforce intellectual property rights

Commission presents actions to better protect and enforce intellectual property rights

The European Commission has adopted two communications – an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the EU and a Strategy for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in third countries. The EU Action Plan sets out a number of actions to focus the EU’s IPR enforcement policy on […]

Disputes regarding Community designs

Disputes regarding Community designs

Unlike trademarks, where disputes can arise before registration of the trade mark, designs can only be challenged once registered. This challenge is called — in legal jargon — an application for a declaration of invalidity. The following explains the invalidity procedure from the point of view of both the invalidity applicant and the RCD owner. How […]

IP executive week

IP executive week

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has committed in its Strategic Plan for the years 2011-2015 to engage in innovative learning and cooperation activities, both on a European and International level. Following the success of last year’s event, held in the OHIM premises in July 2013 and in the context of collaborating […]

EPO President's mandate extended by three years

EPO President’s mandate extended by three years

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, in its meeting in The Hague on 25/26 June, extended the mandate of the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, by a further three years, to 30 June 2018. At the meeting, the Council expressed its continued support for the EPO’s quality/efficiency strategy adopted […]

EPO will recruit 200 engineers and scientists in 2014

EPO will recruit 200 engineers and scientists in 2014

Vacancies for engineers and scientists The EPO is currently recruiting patent examiners to work in Munich, The Hague and Berlin. Who can apply? Engineers and scientists with sufficient language skills. Please see our required profile section for details. The job involves searching in online databases, analysing documents, communicating orally and in writing with patent applicants and their attorneys, and […]

Misleading invoices for trademarks and industrial designs

Misleading invoices for trademarks and industrial designs

Users are receiving an increasing amount of unsolicited mail from companies requesting payment for trademark and design services such as publication, registration or entry in business directories. A list of the firms or registers that users have complained of as having sent misleading invoices is published on the website of the Office for Harmonization in […]

Intellectual property teaching kit

Intellectual property teaching kit

OHIM and the EPO are pleased to publish the first part of their IP Teaching Kit online. It has been developed for university teachers whose students have little or no knowledge of intellectual property, and aims to give a basic yet comprehensive introduction to different IP rights, and the concept of IP as a whole. […]

Annual meeting on co-operation with EPO member states

Annual meeting on co-operation with EPO member states

The EPO and the national patent offices of the EPO member states including its extension states met in Crete on 12/13 June to discuss how to advance co-operation in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the European patent system, and thus better serve inventors and industry. The 8th annual meeting on co-operation was […]

European Inventor Award 2014

European Inventor Award 2014

The EPO presented the European Inventor Award 2014, yesterday in Berlin to outstanding inventors or teams, honouring their contribution to social, economic and technological progress. The award ceremony, held at the former Kaiserliches Telegrafenamt (Imperial Telegraph Office) in Germany’s capital, was attended by some 500 guests from the fields of business, science, culture and politics, including German Federal […]

A prize for The European Observatory on Infringements of IP rights

A prize for The European Observatory on Infringements of IP rights

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights of OHIM has been presented with the International Public Body Award in the prestigious Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Reconnaissance International’s Authentication News™ and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG). The winners of the sixteenth annual awards were announced in Paris on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day at the […]

International IP Enforcement Summit 2014

International IP Enforcement Summit 2014

London, 11th and 12th June 2014 The first International IP Enforcement Summit of its kind brings together key European and international decision makers, enforcement agencies, multinational companies and other stakeholders to discuss the growing impact of intellectual property right infringements and the challenges facing enforcement and society. With a view to increasing the engagement between […]

European Patent Office and SIPO launch first Global Dossier service

European Patent Office and SIPO launch first Global Dossier service

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) today announced the launch of a new EPO service, called the Global Dossier, that displays European and Chinese dossier content on a family of patent applications (applications for the same invention filed at multiple offices). “The launch […]

 Greece is on the Watch List in 2014

Greece is on the Watch List in 2014

The US recognizes the positive development for Greece in trademark protection and the new trademark law which initiated the Illegal Trade Coordination Center (SYKAP). The efforts of the national police, customs, and financial police are also noticeable; they have made investigations and confiscations of counterfeit and pirated goods. The US acknowledges also the role of […]