Today, the CJEU has handed down three separate judgements on SPCs. These judgements, together with other recent significant SPC decisions, are discussed in our SPC briefing note.
The world's five largest Intellectual Property Offices will launch a comprehensive
"IP5" Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme as of 6 January 2014 in
order to make obtaining patents faster and more efficient.
From 1 November 2014 applicants will be put on an even footing at the EPO in respect of unity objections, regardless of what ISA searched the PCT application.
HGF has received confirmation from the European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Law Directorate that the Rule that sets the deadline for filing divisional applications is to be changed.
From 1 April 2014, any divisional applications filed on or after that date, may be filed as long as the earlier application is still pending.
On 1 October of this year a fast track procedure for trade mark oppositions will be introduced by the UK IPO. It is intended to assist businesses, particularly SMEs, to file oppositions and defend their earlier rights without being discouraged by the often unpredictable costs of the standard opposition procedure.
Today marks a further expansion of existing Community trade marks and Community designsas Croatia joins the EU, taking the total number of countries protected to 28.
This is a welcome development for community trade mark and design owners as their rights become enforceable in Croatia without the need for further fees or administrative formalities.
A number of other countries such as Turkey, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and FYR Macedonia are also in negotiations to join the EC, some possibly to join as early as 2015.
The Community trade mark and design systems are increasingly cost-effective ways of protecting IP across a hugely important territory and common market. A Community Trade Mark or Design can be registered for as little as GB£6-7 per country per year.
Transitional provisions are in effect to deal with conflicting CTMs and national rights in Croatia. Please contact a Trade Mark Attorney at HGF for more details.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) is offering to cover the cost of an IP audit up to £3,000 (including VAT) for SMEs.