Accession of Thailand to the Madrid Protocol

The Government of Thailand deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO on 7 August 2017 and it will enter into force on 7 November 2017. The number of Contracting Parties of the Madrid System is now of 99,…

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Jordan joins the PCT system

On June 9, 2017, Jordan entered into the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Accordingly, any PCT application filed on or after that date automatically includes Jordan among the designated countries. In turn, Jordanian nationals or residents can submit PCT applications through…

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26 April: World Intellectual Property Day

Since 2000, on this date, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates de World Intellectual Property Day, with the aim to promoting patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright and increase general awareness and understanding of these rights. For this celebration…

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11th Edition of the Nice Classification

A new edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of Registration of Trademarks (Nice Classification) will come into force on 1st January 2017. It is the eleventh edition and will be available on WIPO’s website,…

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Trade Secrets Protection

The Council has adopted a new Directive (EU) 2016/943 setting out rules for trade secrets protection. The Directive lays down measures for the protection of undisclosed know-how and confidential business information (trade secrets) of EU companies, adopting common measures against their…

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LAST CALL for Article 28.8 EUTMR Declarations

As we already informed you, article 28.8 of the new European Union Trade Mark Regulation (EUTMR) provides a six month grace period for proprietors of EU trade marks applied for before 22 June 2012, which are registered in respect of…

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The impact of counterfeiting in spirits and wine

The European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (the Observatory), which is managed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, formerly OHIM), was created to promote the role of Intellectual Property and evaluate the negative consequences of Intellectual…

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World IP Day: The Feast of Creativity

Since 1970, every April 26 the World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated. Scheduling this date was a WIPO initiative with the aim to foster the idea of how important protecting innovation and creativity is. This year the theme is ‘Digital…

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Entry into force of the new EUTMR

We kindly remind you that tomorrow, 23 March 2016, the new European Union Trade Mark Regulation [Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2015, in acronym EUTMR] will enter into force. This means…

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