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 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.
Rwanda recently deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at the Wipo.
The Treaty will enter into force on August 31, 2011.
Rwanda became the 144th PCT Contracting State.
Qatar recently deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) at the Wipo.
The Treaty will enter into force on August 3, 2011. Continue
EPO and the Ministry for Industry, Commerce and New Technologies of Morocco have signed on December 20, 2010 an agreement for the validation of granted European Patents in Morocco. This agreement is the first one of this kind between EPO and a foreign country. Continue
Hungary deposited its instrument of accession to the London Agreement, which will enter into force in Hungary from January 1, 2011.
According to the provisions of the London Agreement, Hungary will no longer require the Hungarian translation of a European patent specification if the patent was granted in English. However, the Hungarian translation of the European patent claims is always required. Continue
On 1 October 2010, the Venezuelan Patent & Trademark Office issued new regulations concerning some modifications of national patent and trademark procedures. Continue
From October 2010, it is possible to file Industrial Design applications in Oman. After two years of implementation, regulations of the Industrial Design Law No. 67/2008 have been issued. Continue
On the 1st October 2010, New Zealand tax rate has increased from 12.5% to 15%.
The increase concerns patents, trademarks, designs, plant variety rights. The new rates of each fee are on the IPONZ website.