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
Several years ago, the mark of the Moscow State Theatre has been declared well-known.
The words “BOLSHOI THEATRE’ and ‘BOLSHOI’ may only be used with the theatre’s permission.
Moreover, this is not limited merely to Classes 35 and 41, for which the mark has been registered, but includes all classes.
The initiative to declare the mark well-known came mostly from the theatre itself, which is hardly surprising:
the Russian ballet performed in the state theatre is world-famous, so it is desired that the theatre troupe would not be associated with anything else.
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 Malaysian Industrial Designs (Amendement) Regulations 2012, coming into force on 15 feb 2012, made some procedural changes, affecting the costs for the applicant. 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.