Revised guidelines for examination of registered Community designs

The revised Guidelines for examination of registered Community designs were adopted on 14 September and entered into force on 1 October 2018.

The EUIPO Guidelines are the main point of reference on EUIPO's current design practice for users of the Community design system and for professional advisers.

Find further information and download the documents here.

DesignEuropa Awards 2018: Finalists and lifetime achievement winner!

The finalists and lifetime achievement winner of the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 were annunced yesterday, 8 October 2018.

These awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders. There are three categories: Industry; Small and Emerging Companies and Lifetime Achievement.

The winner of the DesignEuropa Lifetime Achievement Award is Hartmut Esslinger, a German industrial designer.

The winners of the Industry and Small and Emerging Companies categories will be announced on 27 November, at the DesignEuropa Awards ceremony in Warsaw.

Find out more and see all the finalists' designs here.

Benelux becomes a member of the 1999 Act of the Hague System

As of 18 December 2018, the Netherlands joins the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement for the international registration of designs, bringing the number of Contracting Parties to 58.

Since Belgium and Luxembourg are already members of the 1999 Act, with the participation of the Netherlands, these three countries are deemed to be a single Contracting Party (Benelux) for international design applications filed under this Act.

After taking effect, the applicants may enjoy more flexibility in their filing strategies as they will have the choice between designating "Benelux" or designating the European Union as a whole, in case they seek design protection for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Instead of filing separate individual applications, the Hague System allows applicants to file a single design application in nearly 70 countries (under different Acts) by paying one set of fees, and all in one language.

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The Hague Member Profiles Database

On August 31, 2018 WIPO launched the all-new Hague Member Profiles Database for the Hague system. This e-service offers a portal to the practices and procedures of Hague System members around the world.

Choose from a wide range of data including:

  • Members that do not allow deferment of publication or those that allow it for a limited period
  • All the declarations made by each member
  • Information on each member’s examination procedures
  • Information on opposition procedures or responding to refusals
  • Contact information for each Office

Find further information and access the database, here.

IP and BREXIT: The facts

The UK government has given further reassurances to business that EU intellectual property rights will continue to be protected in the UK after Brexit.

On 12 July 2018 the UK government published a White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, setting out an important vision for elements of the future relationship between the UK and EU on IP.

Find all the information and updates on Brexit and IP on the UK IP Office's website here and share with them your views on the topic.

European IPR Helpdesk Bulletin Issue (30)

This Bulletin issue is dedicated to IP infringement and enforcement focusing on common IP infringements and the enforcement actions that are available to stop them.

WIPO introduces the topic of IP enforcement in the international context by building respect for IP. EUIPO speaks about the third edition of the Enforcement Database Forum and the upcoming IP Enforcement Portal, while Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General at EEIA and EMECA, develops the topic of IP protection at trade fairs and exhibitions through an infringement case which occurred at a German international exhibition.

In this issue we have interviewed a financial news website that explains to us how it was accused of filing its EUTM in bad faith. EPO tells us about the future of patent litigation in Europe with an article on the Unified Patent Court, and 4iP Council describes how to protect your IP rights from wilful infringement.

In addition, Aktion Plagiarius e.V. provides us with an interview on counterfeiting practices and its Plagiarius Prizes.

As per usual, the Bulletin reports information about the European IPR Helpdesk’s past and future events together with the latest updates from our Helpline service, as well as a brand-new IP infringement and enforcement quiz and our usual patent quiz.

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Winners of first EU Blockathon announced

The winners of EU Blockathon 2018, which took place from 22-25 June in Brussels, have been announced. The event was the first hackathon dedicated to developing blockchain-based solutions to fight against counterfeiting. 

The Blockathon aimed to explore the potential of blockchain technology to better protect supply chains from infiltration by counterfeit goods.

Find out more about the innovative technologies developed by the finalists and winners here

ECTA statement regarding BREXIT negotiations with regards to IPRs

The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) has recently released a statement regarding the negotiations concerning the exit of the United Kingdom with regard to intellectual property rights, particularly geographical indications, trade marks and designs. 

In its statement ECTA draws the attention of the European Commission Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU on several points, in particular, the continued protection of Geographical Indications and similar rights in the UK, and how EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs (RCDs) should continue to be protected in the UK post-Brexit.

Find out more here