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Dez 13, 2018
Özlem Fütman, OFO VENTURA, Turkey
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Three main problems regarding International Registratio...

Özlem Fütman, OFO VENTURA, TurkeyOne of the important points in the New Turkish IP Code no 6769 which has been in force since 10 January 2017 is that; in opposition proceedings, the applicant has the right to invite its opponent(s) to prove serious and genuine use of its mark in Turkey in the past 5 years or submit justified reasons for non-use, if the opponent’s mark passed the 5 year use term on the filing/priority date of opposed mark. If opponent cannot prove such use, then the opposition would be refused in terms of likelihood of confusion based on opponent’s earlier mark. read more

Dez 13, 2018
Christine Genge and Lionel Fishman, Smart & Biggar, Canada
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Canada’s new Industrial Design Regime has launched

Christine Genge and Lionel Fishman, Smart & Biggar, Canada, First published at 5, 2018, marks an important step in the evolution of the industrial design regime in Canada. Numerous and substantial amendments to the Industrial Design Act and Rules are now in force. These amendments modernize Canada’s industrial design law and bring it into better harmony with other jurisdictions.
Some of the most important highlights that apply to applications filed on or after November 5, 2018, are for example, that the divisional applications provide more flexibility than before. An applicant may now file a divisional application for any design that was originally disclosed – not merely claimed – in the parent application as filed. For example, the Canadian Design Office has indicated that the applicant is able to file a divisional application with portions of the design in solid lines that were shown in dotted lines in the parent application as originally filed, and vice versa. Divisional applications also remain available for cases where the Canadian Design Office issues an Examiner’s Report objecting to an
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Dez 13, 2018
Gheira Mori Sangama, OMC Abogados & Consultores, Peru

The prejudicial interpretation of the Andean Community

Gheira Mori Sangama, OMC Abogados & Consultores, PeruAccording to the passage of time and based on the constant struggles of man for the recognition of his rights which have been obtained as a result of the French Revolution, he has been creating rules and laws that allow the regulation of his obligations, in order to achieve harmony that allows the improvement of society in all its aspects. Thus international treaties arise that will allow not only the improvement of man as an individual being, but also the improvement of society as a whole. It is in this way that in Latin America  read more

Nov 30, 2018
Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada
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At Last – Government confirms June 17, 2019 implementat...

Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada, First published at www.bereskinparr.comThe Canadian Government has published the Trademark Regulations in the Official Gazette, essentially the last formal step towards final implementation of major amendments to the Trademarks Act, passed in 2014, and now finally planned for June 17, 2019, (the coming-into-force, or “CIF” date). These amendments impact all aspects of trademark selection, filing procedures, oppositions, registration and enforcement. In addition, the Government has also confirmed that it will accede to three major intellectual property treaties, including the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement.
Much has already been written about the amended Trademarks Act. Preparing now for the amendments may offer costs savings in the future. The key changes, as well as tips to save time and money, are for example, that applicants will be able to file for an additional selection of signs, but examination will likely be tougher. Signs such as colour alone, scent, taste and texture may now be registered. However, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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Nov 29, 2018
Franck Soutoul, INLEX AFRICA, France
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Major Innovations in OAPI: The Revised Bangui Agreement

Franck Soutoul, INLEX AFRICA, France, First published at www.inlex-africa.comAfter 3 years of waiting, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) unveiled on October 22, 2018 the major changes of the revised Bangui Agreement (revised on the 14 December 2015 in Bamako, Mali). These changes were driven by OAPI’s concern to improve on the quality of its operating procedures and rules and to stay inconformity with international instruments which they are party to. The revised Bangui Agreement will bring the following that OAPI is now competent handle opposition cases on all Industrial Property  read more

Nov 28, 2018
Irma Cami, Albanian IP Matters, Albania

New rules on .al domain names – and their implications ...

Irma Cami, Albanian IP Matters, AlbaniaAs of November 1, 2018, new rules on the registration and administration of the domain names under .al are applicable in Albania. These rules are adopted by three decisions of the Steering Board of the Albanian Electronic and Postal Communication Authority (AKEP), which brought some changes and amendments to the basic regulation on registration of the (sub) domains under .al of 2008. They are published in the official website The changes address ranges of issues emerged from the Albanian background and adopt new rules, mainly with restrictive effect, to prevent the abuse in the registration of  read more

Nov 15, 2018
Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada
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Bill C-86 – Canadian Government proposes more changes t...

Cynthia Rowden, Scott MacKendrick and Tamara Céline Winegust, Bereskin & Parr LLP, Canada, First published at www.bereskinparr.comOn October 29th, Canada’s federal government tabled an omnibus budget implementation bill that includes many provisions relating to intellectual property, including several that will impact trademark rights in Canada. Bill C-86, entitled The Budget Implementation Act 2018, No.2, is more than 800 pages long. It amends dozens of existing Federal laws, creates new government departments, and includes new statutes in their entirety. For example, a new Act creating a “College” for the licensing and regulation of patent and trademark agents is embedded within the Bill.

The Bill contains many provisions that address long-standing complaints about trademark practice in Canada, including the protection of official marks, and adds clarification and certainty regarding changes proposed by earlier legislation amending the Trademarks Act. It is the second omnibus budget bill to have a substantial impact on the Trademarks Act and the trademarks landscape in Canada. The first, Bill C-31, entitled Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No.1, was introduced
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Halaskargazi CD, No 150/2
34371 Istanbul
Turkey (TR)
Tel + 90 212 219 67 33
Fax + 90 212 234 17 09

Ofo Ventura, together with its litigation arm Futman Law Firm, is a full service IP boutique in Turkey. The Firm was founded 15 years ago and has 10 professionals, both agents and lawyers. The Team is led by Ozlem Futman, Founding Partner, who has 22 years of experience in the industry. We have correspondence offices in Ankara and in Northern Part of Cyprus.

In addition to a strong prosecution practice, we have a top notch team of litigators and we excel at complex IP matters and litigation. Our team is dedicated to turning complicated cases into simple ones for the clients. Our Team of litigators have been involved in many important and unique cases in Turkey. Our opposition practice also benefits from our experience and expertise in contentious matters enabling us to advocate strongly on behalf of our clients at every level. The Firm also handles patent prosecution matters, design prosecution and enforcement. Finally, we provide experienced advice in copyright issues, internet law issues, license issues, sports and entertainment law issues and, in particular, domain name disputes, making ours a truly full service IP boutique.

Ofo Ventura offers tailor-made IP solutions designed for you. We stake our reputation on protecting yours.



Derrière Chapelle Essos, Face Garage MTA
B.P 4057 Yaounde, Center Region
Cameroon (CM)
Tel +237 222 21 89 17

INLEX AFRICA is the first French Intellectual Property Firm located in AFRICA.

After developing continuously its expertise during 20 years in France, Eric SCHAHL and Franck SOUTOUL have decided to open an office for the support and protection of their client’s interests in AFRICA.

Therefore and since June 2014, we opened our office in Yaounde (Cameroon), which is managed by Jeremy GIACOPAZZI (OAPI Trademark & Patent Attorney).

OAPI system is unique as it affords to the Applicant a single regional title of protection valid in 17 French-speaking African countries namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Comoros.

Thanks to its long experience in France and its European working know-how, the team INLEX AFRICA will be the best representative to reply to your legal or administrative queries, and is able to intervene on the whole African territory, thanks to the opening in October 2016 of 2 hubs in Mauritius (Ebene Cyber city) and in Morocco (Casablanca).