OHIM’s public consultation on the Strategic Plan 2020

The Strategic Plan 2020, developed by OHIM, provides a roadmap for the vision and strategic goals set by the Office for the next five years. OHIM now launches a public consultation after reflecting the contributions and recommendations raised during the first consultation period of last year.

With this second study, the Office is once again looking forward to gathering feedbacks from wide range of sources including staff, stakeholders and users to understand the full effects of the Regulation amending the EU trade mark.

The consultation will run until Tuesday 15 March 2016.

For more information about the draft Strategic Plan 2020 and to submit your contribution, please click here


New European Commission web tool helps SMEs to innovate

The European Commission has launched a new tool making it easier for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to access state-of-the-art technological services across Europe.

This tool allows finding technological service centres active in the field of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that can help SMEs in speeding up the commercialisation of their innovation by providing a broad range of services such as assistance with prototyping, testing, upscaling, first production and product validation.

Further information is available here.


OHIM's new workshop programme in Europe

OHIM announced its workshop schedule focusing on the new EU trade mark regulation and on online IP management tools to be organised throughout the first quarter of 2016 in Europe.

The first workshop will be held in Paris in collaboration with the French IP Office (INPI) and the Association of Trade Mark and Design Law Practitioners (APRAM).

Further details concerning the workshops and the roadshow programme is available here.


Public consultation on due diligence and supply chain integrity for IP protection

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to analyse the mechanisms for integration of IP into companies' supply chain management and the use of certain monitoring tools and risks assessment procedures by companies.

The results of the consultation will allow for the mapping and the promotion of best practices as well as the elaboration of EU supply chain integrity scheme(s) including a "due diligence toolbox" for IP intensive companies. 

The EU companies, especially SMEs, acting as an IP right holder and/or as a supplier to such a right-holder are invited to participate in the consultation by completing the survey here.


Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation

In order to sustain competitiveness in global market within the new world of international alliances and networks, companies are extending their business activities at international level, now more than ever.

This fact sheet aims to show you how to deal with Intellectual Property (IP) matters in internationalisation process and which main steps should be taken to manage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), when entering into foreign markets.

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Article on Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) has realised an article on “Patent licensing and cross-border insolvency” written by the former LESI President Kevin Nachtrab.

The article deals with patent licenses from private international law aspect and discusses the two different regimes of cross-border insolvency proceedings under UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and European Council's related Regulation by giving concrete examples.

Please click here to read the full article.

OHIM’s European workshop roadshow

OHIM experts are on European roads to inform you about Office’s online services, classification tools and much more in 10 different destinations around the continent between September and December 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to put forward their questions, have first-hand information and advices on OHIM services in three hour workshops, co-organised with local partners.

Together with the on-site events, it will be possible for online users to follow five of the workshops through their computers.

Updated programmes in all destinations, details and registration information can be found here.

UK Designs are now on Designview

As from 10 August 2015, users will be able to search UK design applications in Designview, a centralised access point to view the designs held by any of the participating offices.

With the contribution of UK designs, the total number of designs available in Designview reaches approximately to 4,5 million from 36 offices all over the world.

Designview provides an invaluable source for any Internet user to conduct a 7/24, free of charge search among the designs of all participating offices including OHIM.

To access Designview, please click here.

Celebrating one single treaty system for international registration of trade marks: Algeria joins the Madrid Protocol

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the last member of the Madrid System which was not a party to the Protocol, has acceded to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, by becoming the 95th signatory state.

With the signature of Algeria, all international registrations of trade marks will exclusively be governed by the Madrid Protocol, resulting simplification of filing and management processes of international registrations both for applicants and for the governing organization, WIPO.

The Madrid Protocol gives a trade mark owner the possibility to have his mark protected in several countries by simply filing one application, in one single office, in one language.

Applicants can designate Algeria as from 31 October 2015 in their international trade mark applications filed via the Madrid Protocol.

Click here for further information.