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We have newly issued our webinar programme for the second quarter of this year with courses scheduled for May and June. It is now online and available for your perusal here.Should you have any...
The PATENTSCOPE database administered by WIPO has been improved with the aim of rendering it more user-friendly.The following are the latest developments of the PATENTSCOPE search system:Response...
The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two offices, with a...
The China IPR SME Helpdesk has recently released a new guide for small businesses wishing to carry out R&D activities in China.Many European SMEs engage in activities which fall under at least...
Search9: OHIM's new search tool
Thursday, 12.04.2012
This week, OHIM is implementing several improvements to its IT tools and services.One of the novelties is “Search9”, a tool for the preparation of search reports. The users of OHIM’...
The European Commission took a stance on April 4th in favour of a quick adoption of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), so as to avoid that the European Parliament takes a precipitate...
As from April 1st 2012 the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM) set a new practice in opposition proceedings when notifying the opposition to the applicant, when the opposition...
Exchanging valuable information with other partners is generally a necessity that regularly occurs in collaborative initiatives or undertakings. Accordingly, confidentiality issues and measures...
This new publication aims at clarifying when and why to use this type of agreement, as well as the meaning of the key provisions commonly used. Examples of non-disclosure agreements are also provided...
The European Research Area Committee (ERAC) has recently set up a group on knowledge transfer. The group is composed of representatives of Member States and Associated Countries including policy...
The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament (EP) has rejected the proposal recommending that the Parliament refer the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the EU Court of...
The European Patent Office (EPO) published a draft version of its revised Guidelines for Examination, intended to enter into force this year in June. The Guidelines for Examination are updated...
The European Parliament and the Council approved the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation concerning the Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy.This body will be managed by the...
Although the first-to-file provisions of section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the recent US patent bill, do not take effect until March 16, 2013, last Friday marked a milestone...
We are pleased to inform you that we are now ready to release a new series of publications concerning case studies. Generally, the case is considered as an instance of real-life context. Our case...
The German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) for the first time in the EU set a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) that will run for an...
2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under the “Madrid System” managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), with a 6.5 %...
Happy Birthday Helpdesk: New EU IPR Helpdesk team celebrates 1st anniversaryWith more than 2,000 registered users, 600 successfully answered Helpline inquiries, nearly 1,500 registrations for online...
A photo, a film or a poem still covered by copyright, but whose right holder is not identifiable, could soon be made publicly available across the EU, under a draft legislation voted by the Legal...
In the context of the 'EU-China Action Plan on IPR customs enforcement' a seminar took place on 27-28 February 2012 in Cologne (Germany). The subject was the exchange of practices on the...