The United Kingdom joins the Hague System

This makes the United Kingdom the 54th member of the 1999 Act and 68th member of the Hague Union.

Companies and designers from the UK have been using the Hague System to protect their industrial designs since 2008 thanks to the European Union’s membership of the Geneva Act. As of June 13, 2018, Hague applicants both inside and outside the UK will enjoy more flexibility in their protection strategies as they will be able to designate the United Kingdom individually as well as the European Union as a whole.

Find further information on WIPO's website, here.

You can also join the "CITMA Designs Seminar 2018" that will take place on 19 April in London where you will hear a UKIPO and a WIPO representative give an introduction to the Hague System and how it is going to operate via the IP Office. Further information about this seminar, the different applicable fees and registration details can be found here.

New report on trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones by EUIPO and OECD

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a new report on "Trade in counterfeit goods and free trade zones".

This research complements a 2016 study from EUIPO and the OECD which estimated the value of counterfeit products to be 2.5% of world trade – up to EUR 338 billion. 

There are over 3,500 free trade zones in the world. Free trade zones are special economic areas which are often, but not always, set up around ports. Taken together, free trade zones employ 66 million people and generate over EUR 365 billion (USD 500 billion) in direct trade-related added value.

An extra free trade zone within an economy increases the value of counterfeit goods exported from that country by 5.9%.

The full study in English and the Executive Summaries in the 23 language versions can be found here on EUIPO's Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights webpage.

Innovation Craft Company: Keeping the doors open for IP internationalisation

Whether you are a coffee or a tea lover this new Case Study will surely interest you. It tells the story of how two Spanish entrepreneurs effectively protected and managed their IP rights and IP strategy thanks to the services provided free of charge by IVACE (a Spanish institute of business competitiveness, member of the Enterprise Europe Network).

Find out more about the portable capsule coffeemaker and how they have protected it in this Case Study.

Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

EUIPO has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs for information purposes.

The document is in line with the revised version of the European Commission's Notice on a potential "no Brexit agreement" released on 22 January 2018.

The contents of both the Notice and Q&A are in no way prejudicial to any settlement or arrangement that may be agreed between the negotiating parties and can be accessed on EUIPO's website, here.

Notice on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

The Notice has been prepared by the European Commission and countersigned by EUIPO. It addresses holders of and applicants for European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, submitted on 29 March 2017.

In the event that no agreement is reached by the negotiating parties:

  • registered EUTMs and RCDs as well as URCDs made available to the public before the withdrawal date will no longer have effect in the UK as from the withdrawal date,
  • any pending application for EUTM or RCD will no longer cover the UK as of the withdrawal date,
  • EUTMs and RCDs granted on or after the withdrawal date will no longer cover the UK, and
  • all existing seniority claims in EUTMs based on UK TMs will no longer have effect in the EU as of the withdrawal date.

Find further information and consult the Notice on EUIPO's website, here.

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Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

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Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

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