Trademark

TM5 – The five Trademark offices

The “TM5″ is a framework through which five intellectual property offices – namely, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – exchange information on trade mark-related matters, and undertake cooperative activities for their mutual benefit, and for the benefit of their respective trade mark filers and registrants.

The TM5 is an outgrowth of the Trademark Trilateral, a cooperative framework that JPO, OHIM and the USPTO first undertook in 2001. That framework was expanded to include KIPO and SAIC in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and the group became known as “TM5.”

Given the usefulness of the discussion on design issues within the TM5 collaboration framework, specific design sessions have been held in parallel to the trade mark sessions since 2010.

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WIPO Launches Unique Image-Based Search

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has unveiled a one-of-a-kind image-search function for its Global Brand Database, adding a new feature that allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trade marks and other brand-information records from among the millions of images in the collection.

The new, easy-to-use image-search technology supplements the database’s other querying criteria, including Vienna Classification codes, brand-holder names, country of origin and others. With this new addition, for example, a user can simply upload a proposed logo and quickly return records – sifting through more than 4 million images from 15 national and international collections - of other protected images that may bear a resemblance.

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Madrid Yearly Review on International Registrations of Trade Marks

The year 2013 saw the accession of four new countries to the WIPO-administered Madrid System. It is now possible for trademark holders to apply for protection and manage their trademarks globally in 92 jurisdictions through the centralized procedures offered by the Madrid System.

This report gives an account of the data compiled by the WIPO in the processing of international applications and registration for the calendar year 2013.

The full report is available here.

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Low cost branding protection with IP services support

The European Commission has set up specially developed services, provided by Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk, to guarantee that SMEs and researchers can be provided with all the information and suggestions that are useful for managing international businesses and exploitable innovation.

This case study is an example of how the Enterprise Europe Network and the European IPR Helpdesk can work together to help the internationalisation of an European SME.

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Trade Mark e-filing now available at the Irish Patents Office

The Irish Patents Office is pleased to announce the launch of the new Trade Mark e-filing facility. This new development, which is available from 8 April 2014, will facilitate the filing of all trade mark applications on-line via the Patents Office website home page.

The new e-filing system introduces an easy-to-navigate application form and makes provision for the uploading of figurative marks in Jpeg format. The e-filing functionality also facilitates the electronic payment of the trade mark application fee by credit or debit card. Automatic error checking helps ensure that users input the correct data, a fee counter provides information on the cost of the application and the submission process is straightforward and results in an online confirmation receipt that includes a provisional application number which can be printed or saved. In addition the TMclass classification tool has been integrated into the ‘Goods and Services’ section of the online application form. This feature allows trade mark applicants to choose pre-approved terms of goods and services which are acceptable to the Office and will further streamline the examination process.

The new e-filing system is a result of a successful collaboration between the Irish Patents Office and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). The e-filing project was developed under the OHIM’s Co-operation Fund which is designed to promote further harmonization, modernise national IP offices, and make things easier for users of the European trade mark and design systems.

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Denmark joins the Harmonised Database

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) has joined the Harmonised Database of Goods and Services on 1 April.

With more than 60,000 terms shared by the participating offices, the Harmonised Database is already the biggest database for trade mark classification.

DKPTO is the 24th office to join. As a result, the Danish translations of the Database are now available to all users through TMclass.

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The Republic of Korea joins TMview

As of 12 February 2014, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. With this last extension, TMview now provides information on more than 23 million trade marks in total.

For further information on TMview, please click here. To have a deeper understanding on how this tool works, you are also invited to read the European IPR Helpdesk fact sheet written in collaboration with OHIM on “How to search for trade marks”, available in the library.

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Joint paper from BUSINESSEUROPE, AIM, ECTA, ICC-BASCAP, INTA and MARQUES: European trade mark package

BUSINESSEUROPE, AIM, ECTA, ICC-BASCAP, INTA and MARQUES, business associations representing most users of the European trade mark systems, has published a joint paper on the European Trade Mark Package.

According to this paper, all these business associations “very much support the objectives of modernisation and harmonisation of the trade mark systems at substantive and procedural levels.”

However, they have expressed some concerns in this joint paper, with the aim of continuing a constructive discussion on this matter. To read the joint paper, please click here.

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Russia and the USA join TMview

As of 18 December 2013, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of Russia (Rospatent) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have made their trade mark data available to the TMview search tool.

The integration of Rospatent and USPTO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in collaboration with its international partners.

This last extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 34 and with the addition of more than 400.000 Russian and 6,8 million US trade marks, TMview now provides information and access to more than 20 million trade marks in total.

Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 5 million searches from 205 different countries, with users from Spain, Germany and Italy among the most frequent visitors.

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