NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand divisional filing practice warning.


Actual damages derived from trademark infringement must be proved before the courts / Trademarks are meant to be used and not merely sold.

There is a widespread consensus among the different Divisions of the Federal Court of Appeals, sharing that trademark infringement causing an unjustified damage should be compensated.   read more 


New accelerated examination for patent applications.

On September 19th, 2016 the Argentine Patent and Trademark Office (ARPTO) issued a Resolution that will come into force on October 15th, 2016 pursuant to which patent applicants will be able to request accelerated examination of patent applications.   read more 


Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).

Pilot program between the Australian Patent Office and the European Patent Office (EPO) started on July 1st, 2016.   read more 


Bahrain increases official fees - Online publication of accepted trademark applications.

Bahrain increases official fees (1,392USD) to conform to the Law 6/2016 of the GCC Trademark Law.   read more 


New possibilities for applying for priority examination at the BRPTO.

Any interested party can now request priority examination status for a patent application by another applicant.   read more 


New procedures to record exclusive distributorships.

The Ministry of Commerce introduced a new regulation on the procedures to record and file permission letters for imported goods bearing exclusive trademarks.  read more 


Registry changes.

Started in August 1st, 2016 patent and trademark annual fee payments will no longer be accepted in advance of January 1st in the year in which they fall due.   read more 


PATENTS: SIPO issued three regulations to promote China's patent law enforcement. TRADEMARKS- More goods and services are acceptable for trademark registration. LITIGATION- New Judicial Interpretation on Patent Infringement.

SIPO issued three regulations to promote China's patent law enforcement: (i) guide of determining patent tort; (ii) evident rule on patent administrative enforcement; and (iii) guide on patent disputes administration mediation.  read more 


Accession to PCT.

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).  read more 


Changes to the EPO opposition procedure.

Changes to the EPO opposition procedure came into force on July 1st, 2016.  read more 


Patents (Amendment) Ordinance 2016.

Key changes that will hopefully be implemented by early 2018.  read more 


The Indian Government's Patent (Amendments) Rules 2016.

The Indian Government's Patent (Amendments) Rules 2016 came into effect on May 16th, 2016. The purpose of these amendments is to speed up the patent prosecution before the Indian Patent Office.  read more 


Recordal of intellectual property licensing agreements.

The Indonesian Government recently issued the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regulation No. 8 Year 2016 on the recordal of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing Agreements.  read more 


New requirements for trademark registration in class 5.

All trademark application shall contain the following information in order to proceed with the registration procedure:  read more 


PPH program.

A bilateral agreement has been signed between National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) and Japan (PPH - Patent Prosecution Highway).  read more 


Stops accepting patent application and remits to GCC patent office.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Trade and Industry approved Law no.115 of 2016 on the regulations implementing patent Law no. 71 of 2013.  read more 


New Zealand divisional filing practice warning.

The three main new Act divisional issues are:   read more 


A National Intellectual Property Registry started operating online in Russia on April, 2016.

The Registry is designed to become an efficient means of dealing with infringements of exclusive rights on the Internet, as well as proving the ownership of intellectual property rights.  read more 


Final step towards regional trademark law.

The new GCC Trademark Law and Implementing Regulations will come into force on September 28th, 2016.  read more 


Guidelines for examining Computer Implemented Inventions (CIIS) issued by IPOS.

Important updates that will apply to new patent applications on or after May 16th, 2016.  read more 


The Intellectual Property Office raises the bar on post-grant amendments.

On July 19th, 2016 the IPO announced that post-grant amendments may not be possible if:  read more 


New practice for submitting documents.

New practice for submitting priority documents for new patent applications filed in Taiwan became effective on July 1st, 2016.  read more 


Trademark Act Amendments usher in Thailand's accession to the Madrid Protocol.

Among the amendments that became effective on July 28th, 2016 it is important to point out the new chapter on trademark registration.  read more 


New Special Service: Expedited establishment of an attestation or of a certified copy from the International Register.

As from June 6th, 2016, users of the Madrid System will be able to request the expedited establishment of an attestation or of a certified copy from the International Register.   read more