P.C.T.: welcome Qatar !

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.

New Copyright Law in Montenegro

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.

Amendments to Hungarian Domain Name Regulations

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.