Chile joins DesignView

chile-674568_960_720.pngEUIPO reports about the accession of Chile to the global database for industrial designs DesignView. With additional 4500 designs from Chile, the total number of accessible designs through this database become over 14 million.

For more information here: “Chile joins DesignView”

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Can we do a visual search for trademarks in Croatia?

dubrovnik-512798_960_720.jpgEUIPO reports about the newly available option for trademark search by visual elements for Croatia. This is possible after the Croatian Patent Office gave the necessary access for this purpose to the global trademark database TMView, which can be used for conduction such trademark search.

The other countries that allow this search are: Estonia, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Spain, UK, Malta, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

For more information here.

You can search trademarks by images in Ireland and Slovakia

office-3295561_960_720.jpgEUIPO announced the new improved capabilities of TMView trademark databases, which now give options for image search of trademarks in Ireland and Slovakia. In that way, the number of countries, that allow such access to their local databases for implementation of such searches, become 13.

The option for visual search is a relatively new one but on the other hand quite useful because it gives more ground for better assessment in the case of trademark prior searches.

For more information here.

AI will help with searching trademark images

pexels-photo-577585.jpegAs 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.

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WIPO gives a concrete example for the abilities of the new AI software:

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Extracts from TMView can be used in EUIPO proceedings

flag-2608475_960_720The 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.

EPO launched a new beta version of ESPACENET

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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.