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Qatar has filed instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, resulting in the Madrid System of International Trade Marks now covering 131 countries.
Beck Greener is pleased to be sponsoring the IBSA's International Business Structuring Spring Conference on Thursday 9 May in London, with Catherine Jewell on the panel of international speakers.
Following up from our recent article on increases to EPO fees (see link below), the EPO is simultaneously introducing a new fee reduction scheme for micro-entities which will also enter into force on 1 April 2024.
Now that the Unitary Patent is available and the Unified Patents Court (UPC) is open for business, what does this mean in terms of jurisdiction, in respect of classically validated patents and unitary patents? The possible litigation pathways are illustrated by the diagram below.
From 15 January 2024 it is possible to validate European patents in Georgia.
The EPO is to increase official filing fees for new applications with effect from 1 April 2024.
On 20 December 2023, the UK Supreme Court delivered its judgement that DABUS, the AI machine owned by Dr Stephen Thaler, cannot be an inventor of a UK patent application as an inventor must be a natural person. Secondly, simply being the owner of a machine that “makes an invention”, does not entitle you to file a patent application for and obtain a patent for the invention.
A recent decision from the Board of Appeal at the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) serves as a useful reminder that, just because an image can be used decoratively, that does not mean that it is not capable of being relied on by the public to determine the trade source of goods. Hence such images may be registrable as trade marks.
The abolition of the ten-day rule is not the only procedural change being made at the European Patent Office (EPO) in November 2023.
The first referral of 2023, case G1/23, has been made to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) of the EPO, seeking clarification on the enablement test in relation to prior use of a product.
In 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) began a transformation programme to update its system and services.
The concept of "bad faith" has no definition under the UK Trade Marks Act 1994 ("the Act").
The European patent system makes its biggest change in forty years, as the Unified Patent Court Agreement enters into force on 1 June 2023.
The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has recently announced the eagerly awaited decision in respect of the G 2/21 (“Plausibility”) referral made in 2021.
Mauritius has filed instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, resulting in the Madrid System of International Trade Marks now covering 130 countries.
In a major landmark on the road towards entry into effect of the Unified Patent Court Agreement, the Sunrise Period opens on 1 March 2023.
With the recent announcement of the delay to the implementation of the UPC Agreement to 1 June 2023, and the start of the “Sunrise Period” to 1 March 2023, the EPO has announced that two transitional measures previously signaled at the start of 2022 will come into force on 1 January 2023.
Instruments of accession to the Madrid Protocol were filed by Belize on 24 November 2022 with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, taking the number of countries covered by the Madrid System of International Trade Marks to 129 countries.
The roadmap for the UPC has been postponed by two months.
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