New fees for international trademarks for Denmark

flag-667467_960_720.jpgWIPO reports about new individual fees payable for designation of Denmark in international applications for trademarks. These fees, which will come into force on 01.07.2019, are as follow:

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New – E-filling of trademarks in Austria

flag-2260991_960_720.jpgEUIPO reports about a new option introduced by the Australian Patent Office for e-filing of trademark applications. This will facilitate significantly the trademark registration process in the country.

Canada Joins the Hague System

canada-1157521_960_720WIPO informs about the accession of Canada to the Hague Agreement for international registration of industrial designs. This makes Canada the 55th member state. The agreement will come into force for the country on 05.11.2018.

As it is well-known the Hague Agreement gives an opportunity for an easier filing of international applications for designs.

The concrete accession is one more step by Canada to facilitate all international applicants of intellectual property after the accession to the Madrid Protocol for international protection of trademarks.

How to register European designs?

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EUIPO reminds, in its last edition of Alicante news, about some important requirements for registration of EU industrial designs, non-compliance with which can lead to a detrimental effect on the design applications. They are:

1.  Representation of the design – every design has to be represented in a way that it can be perceived correctly by the Office and third parties. The representation of the views must consist of a graphic or photographic reproduction, for one and the same design, and on a neutral background and in good quality. When the representation requires including external elements visible in the views but not intended to be protected, the representation should contain a clear graphical disclaimer. The design should be represented by at least one view and the maximum number of protected views is 7 per design. Additionally 3 unprotected and not published views may be submitted.

2. Product indication of the design – the Classes of products for which the design will be registered have to be identified correctly and precisely. Applicants can use DesignClass in that regard, which can help a lot.

3. Priority & missing documents – all documents for claiming priority over a design application have to be submitted on time to the Office. Other than that, the applicant can lose its priority date. The application must concern the same design to confer to the proprietor the right to claim for priority. When filing a Community design application, the owner can request its publication to be delayed for a period of up to 30 months. The design can, therefore, be kept confidential until the applicant is ready to disclose it. The request for deferment must be made on the initial application form; later requests (even on the same date) will not be accepted.

Source: Alicante news.

Changes regarding the forms used in connection with international trademark applications

wipo-logoWIPO reports about a significant change in the forms used for applications of international trademarks after accession of Algeria to the Madrid Protocol. According to the news:

“For practical purposes, the Madrid System now operates as a single treaty system, introducing a number of practical changes that streamline the process for the registration and management of marks.

Chief among these changes is the requirement to file all international applications using the MM2 International Application form. Forms MM1 and MM3 are no longer applicable and will not be available on the Madrid website. Any international application filed using forms MM1 or MM3 on or after October 31, 2015 will be considered irregular in accordance with the Common Regulations.”