The trademark reform in Mexico is now a reality

mexico-641596_960_720Some important changes to the Trademark law in Mexico came into force on 10.08.2018. According to them:

  • non-traditional marks are allowed for protection;
  • consent letters and coexistence agreements will be accepted by the Patent Office;
  • refusals based on lack of distinctiveness will be overcome by acquired distinctiveness;
  • the Patent Office will issue decisions on trademark oppositions;
  • all Office actions will be published in its official gazette;
  • there will be a 10% reduction in office fees for online applications for trademarks;

In addition to this: “In particular, for all trademarks filed or granted after 10 August 2018, submision of a declaration of actual and effective use will be required once the trademark becomes subject to use (the declaration needs to be presented within 3 months once 3 years have elapsed since registration of the trademark).”

Furthermore: “Another important change brand owners have to be aware of is that trademarks can no longer be filed for a broad range of goods and services but only for the specific goods and services of interest.”

Source:  Bernardo Herrerias Franco, Alfredo Pineda Nieto and Valentina Schmid (Hogan Lovells) on Lexology.

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New fees for international trademarks targeting South Korea

south-korea-2934220_960_720WIPO reports about a change regarding the individual fees payable in case of designation of South Korea in international trademark applications. The new fees which will come into force on 07.09.2018 are as follow:

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An EPO proposal for patent registration fee reductions

onzo-patentThe European Patent Office has put forward a proposal to reduce the fees for registration of European patents.  The new proposals will reduce both the PCT search fee and the examination fee by EUR 100 each. For applicants using the EPO as ISA for search and examination and entering the European phase, the PCT fee proposals would result in a considerable fee reduction: a decrease of EUR 656.

In addition, there are proposals for fees reduction for SME’s and universities.

More information here.

New lower fees from the Bulgarian Patent Office

BG-znameThe Bulgarian Patent Office reports about the fact that the fees for 19 different services, offered by the Office, will be eliminated. What’s more, another 44 fees will be reduced by some percentage.

The Office reminds that small and middle-sized companies can benefit from the 50% reduced fees for patent search services.

The new fees will come into force after their publication in the Bulgarian State Gazette.

New fees for trademark protection in China

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WIPR reports about new fees for trademark protection in China. The new fees are lower, for instance, the fee for a trademark application becomes 44$.

There were 3,7 million trademarks in China only in 2016 which makes the country’s Patent Office the biggest in the world in that regard.

The new fees will come into force on 01.04.2017.

More information here.