The Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks will enter into force in New Zealand from 10th December 2012. From that date on, New Zealand can be designated in any new International Registration and existent international registrations can be extended to that country. Continue
The Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks entered into force in Colombia from 29th August 2012. From that date on, Colombia can be designated in any new international registration and existent international registrations can be extended to that country. Continue
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office recently adopted an important decision concerning filing of national trademark applications which will result in an easier procedure. Continue
Two important new laws have been recently signed by the Russian President concerning IP rights. Continue
The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs will enter into force in Tajikistan on March 21, 2012. Consequently, to obtain design protection anyone can file a single application at WIPO and designating any or all the countries members of the Geneva Act.
On 1st January 2012 the 10th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the registration of Marks, alias the Nice Classification, entered into force. Continue
On 3 May 2011, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty); from 3 August 2011 Qatar became a PCT contracting state.
Accordingly, it is possible to designate Qatar in any international patent application filed on or after as of 3 August 2011.
However, the Qatari Patent Office will be ready to receive national phase applications starting from middle October 2011.
The official fees and date of annuity have not yet be decided.
The new Law on Copyright and Related Rights entered into force on August 6, 2011. This new regulation has the main aim to strenghten the old Serbia and Montenegro’s copyright law dating back to 2004 and to focus more on the artist’s rights. The new provisions deal more deeply with the collective management of rights and introduce a control by the State of the copyright collectives.
Furthermore, the new Law is compliant with international conventions and with the EU’s directives on the subject matter.
New domain name regulations entered into force in Hungary on June 1, 2011 with the aim to shorten and simplify the registration procedure.
One of the main amendment concerns the time to object a domain name registration: trademark owners have now eight days (instead of fourteen days as in the old provisions) to object if a third party registers a domain that infringes their rights. Now, all the domain name applications are published online on the webiste of the Council of Hungarian Internet Providers, so that it is easy for trademark owners to find out possible violations.
On July 29, 2011 an important amendment was published in the Mexican Official Gazette concerning the general Rules of External Trade; according to this amendment, the Official Database for Mexican Trademark Registrations of the Mexican Customs has been created. Continue