JAPAN: Lowered fees for trademark registrations and renewals.


Patents may now be filed

As of January 25th, 2016 patent applications can be filed in Andorra. Even though the patent law had been approved back in 1999, it had never entered into force.   read more 


Changes in the trademark opposition process.

The Argentinian Congress has passed a law pursuant to which the mediation proceedings will no longer suspend the 1 year term to settle trademark oppositions. As of March 26th, 2016,   read more 


Pilot program with US to examination of patents.

A bilateral agreement between the USPTO and BRPTO has recently been enacted allowing for a PPH request. The program will be valid for a period of two years (or until 150 US or BR priority applications are accepted by each of the offices following this program). Please note   read more 


Amendments of Medicinal Products.

On January 4th, 2016, a series of amendments were introduced to the bill of law that modifies the Health Code in order to regulate generic bioequivalent pharmaceutical products and prevent the vertical integration of pharmaceutical laboratories and pharmacies. Among other provisions  read more 


Annuities will be "retroactively" paid as from the international filing date.

Costa Rican Patent Office is changing its interpretation on the calculation term to pay patent annuities. As a result, overdue annuities are to be paid retroactive from the international application date.   read more 


New official fees.

The Superintendence of Industry and Trade of Colombia has issued Resolution No.73446 of 2015, approving the new official taxes for patents, industrial models, industrial designs, trademarks, collective marks and similar, which have come into effect as of January 1st 2016. There are some   read more 


New Directive on Trade Secrets.

On 15 December 2015 the negotiating teams of the European Parliament and the Council reached a preliminary agreement on the text of the Directive o. The Commission participated in the negotiations as a facilitator. The agreement will need to be formalized   read more 


New trademark reforms.

The EU trademark reform legislative package has been approved and will enter into force on March 23rd, 2016. The OHIM will now be called EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and community trademarks will be EU trademarks (EUTM). This legislative package aims at   read more 


Lowered fees for trademark registrations and renewals.

Effective April 1st, 2016, fees for trademark registration and renewals are lowered as follows.

Office fee per class (JPY) Current New Reduction Registration fee for 10 years 37,600 - 28,200 - 9,400 - for 5 years 21,900 - 16,400 - 4,400 Renewal fee for 10 years 48,500 - 38,800 - 9,700 - for 5 years 28,300 - 22,600 - 5,700

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Accession to Madrid Protocol.

The Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) deposited with the Director General of WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks on December 7, 2015. With this accession,   read more 


Future opposition system in Trademarks

Last November 10th, 2015, a proposal to amend the Mexican IP Law was published. The proposal needs to be studied but, if approved it will set up an opposition system for trademarks in Mexico.   read more 


New regulations for PCT national phases.

Saudi Arabia has recently implemented new regulations on its Patent Law concerning the national stage entry of PCT patent applications. These new regulations   read more 


Accession to the 1999 Act:

the Government of Turkmenistan deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement   read more 


New increase of official fees.

In accordance to recent Official Gazette 40.846, the Venezuelan Government has established a new and increased Official Tributary Unit. The Tax Unit is   read more 


Patent acceleration program with Japanese Patent Office.

A PPH program will begin on April 1st, 2016 to enable accelerated patent examination based on the findings of the Japanese Patent Office.   read more