As a recent move, WIPO has announced AI improvements in its software for searching trademark images.
According to the information, the new software will increase significantly the accuracy of the results.
The new technology results in a narrower and more precise group of potentially similar marks, facilitating greater certainty in strategic planning for brand expansion into new markets. With fewer results to scrutinize, this also translates into labor-cost savings for trademark examiners, attorneys and paralegals, industry practitioners and researchers.
In order to be used you need to enter the Global Brand Database and to choose Concept Strategy from the Image Tab.
WIPO gives a concrete example for the abilities of the new AI software:
EUIPO reports about the accession of Monaco to the general database for trademarks TMView. In that way, another 16 000 trademarks are added to this database, which makes the total number of accessible signs to 52 million.
For more information here.
The General Court of the European Union has ruled in Case T-848/16 Deichmann v EUIPO – Vans (V). According to its decision, extracts from TMview are acceptable evidence in proceedings before EUIPO in order to prove registered rights over trademarks.
As it is well-known, TMView is a database that gives access not only to European trademarks but to national once from the relevant participating Patent Offices.
The General Court’s position is that such extracts from this database can represent a copy of trademark registration certificate if they contain all relevant information. The onliest requirement here is that if the list of goods or services contained in the TMview extract is not in the language of the proceedings, the excerpt must be submitted together with a translation of that list.
For more Information here.
The European Patent Office launched the beta version of its refreshing database for patent searching ESPACENET. The new version is more modern, dynamic, intuitive and it is optimised to work on different devices including desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones.
The beta version is accessible here. For more information about it, you can watch the hereunder video presentation. EPO encourages sending feedback, which can be done from here.
The Bulgarian Patent Office has launched its brand new online database for protected plant varieties and animal breeds in Bulgaria. This will allow everyone who has an interest in to do a search online. The database has a version in English too although you have to bear in mind that to search for protected plant varieties and animal breeds you need to do that using their names in Cyrillic.
The database is accessible here.
For all of us who are interested in searching for trademarks and industrial designs, a good news has come from EUIPO which announced that several Latin American countries joined important IP tools.
First and foremost Uruguay joined TMView database for trademarks and DesignView database for designs. Apart from this Honduras joined DesignView too.
In brief, this means that national trademarks from Uruguay and national designs from Uruguay and Honduras will be accessible through both databases which by itself is a real advantage.
In addition to that El Salvador and Costa Rica joined the TMClass database responsible for harmonization of goods and services for the purposes of filing trademark applications.
For more information here.
EUIPO reports about the accession of Montenegro to the global design database DesignVew. In that way, the participating Offices become 65. In the meantime, the database gives access to more than 13 million designs around the world.
More information here.