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New Patent Examination Guidelines for China

New Patent Examination Guidelines for China

China National Intellectual Property Association (CNIPA) has published revisions to its Patent Examination Guidelines, the changes became effective on 1 November 2019. In this article, Michael Caine of Australia's Davies Collison Cave and member of FICPI's CET...

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Interpreting Services at the EPO

Interpreting Services at the EPO

The EPO has no interpreters of its own but uses external services, which is costly and involves considerable organisation. As laid down in Rule 4(5) EPC, the cost of interpreters is borne by the EPO. Every year, around 750 interpreting days are cancelled at short...

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Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board

Indian Intellectual Property Appellate Board

The Delhi High Court taking cognizance of the colossal pendency of cases before the IPAB and its perennial non-functioning hold the view that the doctrine of necessity has to be invoked in this case. The Court observed that legislative intent is of the continuity of...

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Changes in Trade Mark opposition proceedings in Spain

Changes in Trade Mark opposition proceedings in Spain

As a result of the transposition of the EU Directive, there is a new procedure for trade mark opposition proceedings in Spain. This will apply to any Spanish application or International application designating Spain as from 1 May 2019. The new procedure implements...

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Can US Congress Create Order From 101 Chaos?

Can US Congress Create Order From 101 Chaos?

The USPTO and Federal Circuit have struggled with defining patent subject matter eligibility after the Mayo, Myriad and Alice Supreme Court cases. Holdings in some recent Federal Circuit cases are inconsistent with guidelines and examples issued by the USPTO to assist...

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Amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act

Amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act

This year will bring significant changes in the field of Estonian trademark protection. The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) passed The Act on Amendments to the Trademark Act, which will make registration of trademarks in Estonia faster. Upon adoption of the new...

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Current Developments in Venezuela

On Friday 1 February 2019, a year after announcing fee changes, the Venezuelan PTO (SAPI) finally published their new schedule of charges. Payment of official fees had been suspended since February 2018. This new resolution creates serious issues, at least for US IP...

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CNIPA – Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

CNIPA – Bad Faith Trademark Filings in China

On 12 February 2019, CNIPA (previously SIPO, China) published a draft regulation, Some Provisions on Regulating the Application for Registration of Trademarks, inviting public comments. Anyone who has comments or suggestions may send them to CNIPA via email to...

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Punitive Damages System in Korea

Punitive Damages System in Korea

The Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) announced on 18 December 2018 that a few amendments to the "Patent Act" and "Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act" were passed at the Assembly plenary session on 7 December 2018. The major...

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China is Amending the Patent Law

China's top legislature, Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (SCNPC), had a first reading on the Draft Amendment of the China Patent Law at the end of December 2018. This amendment would be the fourth amendment of the China Patent Law since it came...

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Spain approves reform on trade mark law

Spain approves reform on trade mark law

On 21 December 2018, the Spanish Government approved Royal Decree 23/2018, by which the Spanish Trade Mark Law was amended to incorporate the changes included in the EU Harmonization Directive 2015/2436. The main amendments incorporated in the new law include: 1. Any...

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JAPAN-INDIA PPH

The Japanese Patent Office signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in July 2015. After two successfulreview meetings, it was agreed in principle on 22 August 2018 to start a bilateral Patent...

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SIPO Changes its English Name to CNIPA

SIPO Changes its English Name to CNIPA

On 28 August 2018, SIPO changed its English name to CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Association). Its new domain name, www.cnipa.gov.cn, was launched on 30 August 2018. These changes reflect recent organisational reforms with respect to the national...

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Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

Auditing Opposition Decisions At EUIPO

On 3-5 October 2018, EUIPO welcomed the seventh edition of an external audit on the quality of its opposition decisions on European trademarks. In accordance with its 2020 Strategic Plan, EUIPO established the goal of enhanced customer-driven quality services. This is...

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