Finland joins Designview

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool, as a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners.

This latest integration of Finland brings the number of available designs in Designview to almost 9 million in total from 47 participating offices.

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.

 

Case Study: Registered designs a tool to fight against copycats

The UK company, These Please, manufacturing door knobs, handles and coat hooks, takes the advantage of registering its designs in fighting against the infringers and opens the doors for expanding its business with its registered door knobs.

A case study published by the UK Intellectual Property Office, will give you a perfect inspiration on how IP can help businesses to grow and easly deal with competitors by using registered designs.

Read the case study here.

 

New countries for Designview: Poland and Serbia

As of 26 October 2015, Poland and Serbia become the newest countries, which made their industrial design data available to the Designview search tool.

As a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners, the latest integrations of the Polish Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of the Serbia bring the number of available designs in Designview to almost 8,8 million in total from 38 participating offices.

To access Designview, please click here

 

Designview welcomes The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Following to its participation to TMview, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has also made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool, the centralised access point to view the designs held by any of the participating offices.

As a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners, this latest integration of FYROM brings the number of available designs in Designview to almost 8,7 million in total from 36 participating offices.

To access Designview, please click here.

 

The new on-line application form for Registered Community Designs

The Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has presented the new on-line filing form for Registered Community Design (RCD) applications.

The form brings the new “3D image uploader” in use, which allows the applicants to submit their designs from different camera angles in their on-line applications in a user-friendlier, faster and seamless interface.

For more information about the new on-line RCD application form and to access the help pages on filing of design applications, please click here

WIPO Intellectual Property Advantage database

The World Intellectual Property Organization IP Advantage database contains a wide range of case studies giving real examples on intellectual property protection (patents, trade marks, and industrial designs), management and exploitation. The database is an extensive source of information and best practices for Small and Medium-sized enterprises dealing with IP.  

You can access the database here.

 

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.

The second set of OHIM’s updated Guidelines is now in force

The second half of the updated set of OHIM Guidelines on Community trade marks and Community designs, in force from 1 August 2015, is now accessible on the OHIM website in 5 languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The Guidelines are available under a clean version and a track-changed version allowing users to clearly distinguish the implemented changes.  

The revision of the Guidelines is intended to increase consistency and predictability, driving users through the current Community trade mark and design system by reflecting the Office’s examination practices in the most frequent scenarios.

The OHIM also announced a webinar to be broadcasted live on 9 September 2015 to present the new version of the Guidelines. Further information about the webinar will be available in early September.

The updated set of Guidelines is available on the Current trade mark practice and the Current designs practice pages of the OHIM website.

 

The first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and IP is launched

Ideas Powered, an initiative of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), has launched its website on www.ideaspowered.eu, the first EU-wide interactive website on intellectual property for young people.

With animated and clear outlook, the website aims to create primary awareness on IP and IP counterfeiting issues for youngsters by providing them accurate information and by seeking young Europeans' active contribution with social media channels, blogs and even with competitions.

To access the press release of the OHIM on this news, please click here.