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January 2017


China Beijing IP Court Establishes Speedy Trial Panel read more

European Union Trademarks Guidelines for Examination of EU Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs Revised read more

European Union Trademarks New Assistance Service  read more

Iraq Kurdistan Trademark Office to Resume Normal Function read more

New Zealand New GIs Law Adopted read more

Philippines Structure of Official Fees Revised Soon read more

Turkey New Industrial Property Law Now in Force read more

Turkey Temporary Gap in the Law read more

United Kingdom IP Laws Passed in Cayman Islands read more

USA 11th Edition of Nice Classification Adopted read more

USA Correction to Final Rule Revising the Rules of Practice  read more

Vietnam Official Fees Increased read more

WIPO Accession to Hague Agreement on IR of Industrial Designs by Cambodia read more

WIPO Safeguard against Non-Delivery of E-Communication read more

December 2016


ARIPO IP Act of Liberia Changed read more

Australia Comments on Proposed Legislation Changes Required read more

Myanmar Draft Trade Mark Law in Progress  read more

Russian Federation Trademark Opposition System Considered read more

WIPO Non-Working Days in 2017 read more

November 2016


Benelux Electronic Renewal of Design Registrations Possible Now read more

Cambodia New Regulation on Certification Marks read more

Canada Non-French TMs on Public Signs to be Accompanied by French Description read more

Canada Practice Notice on Geographical Marks Released read more

European Union Trademarks Administration Cooperation Portal Went Live read more

European Union Trademarks ARIPO Joined Designview  read more

European Union Trademarks Colombia Joins DesignView  read more

European Union Trademarks Philippines Joined TMclass read more

Indonesia Draft of New Trademark Law read more

Indonesia Official Fees Changed read more

Kazakhstan Amendments to IP Laws Drafted read more

Kyrgyzstan Official Fees Amended read more

Mozambique DIU to Local Office Required for IR Designating MZ  read more

Mozambique Refiling of Refused Trademarks Allowed read more

New Zealand Accession to WIPO Convention by the Cook Islands in Force  read more

United Kingdom Appearance of UKIPO Digital Services Changed  read more

USA Comments on Proposed Rule Changes Required read more

USA Nice Classification Changes Soon Adopted read more

WIPO Accession to WIPO Convention by the Cook Islands in Force read more

WIPO Changes to Class Headings and Goods/Services read more

WIPO DIU to Local Office Required for IR Designating MZ  read more

WIPO Two New Offices in Africa read more

October 2016


Brunei Accession to Madrid System read more

European Union Trademarks Brazil joined Designview read more

European Union Trademarks International Registrations in TMview Updated read more

European Union Trademarks New Features of Recordal Forms read more

European Union Trademarks Reorganisation of the Office read more

Japan Trademark Examination Guidelines in English Now Available read more

Kosovo Administrative Instructions on Patent and TM Registration in Force read more

Kuwait 10th Edition of Nice Classification Soon Expected read more

Mexico Opposition Procedure Against IR in Force read more

Poland Official Fees for Trademark Prosecution Changed read more

Saudi Arabia Trademark Registration Fees Increased read more

Switzerland Administrative Cancellation Proceedings Soon in Force read more

United Kingdom Major Changes to IP Laws in Cayman Islands Soon read more

USA Official Trademark Fee Adjustment read more

USA TTAB Revisions to Rules of Practice Changed read more

WIPO 11th Edition of Nice Classification Soon in Force read more

WIPO Accession to Madrid System by Brunei read more

WIPO Opposition Procedure Against IR in Mexico in Force read more

September 2016


ARIPO New Design Act for Zambia read more

China First Sound Trademark Registered read more

Egypt New Value Added Tax Adopted read more

Germany Guidelines of Design Registration Implemented by DPMA read more

India Automated Issuance of Trademark Registration Certificates read more

Ireland Expansion of Online Payments Facility read more

Kosovo Administrative Instructions Changed read more

Kyrgyzstan No Registrations of Trade Names Anymore read more

New Zealand Accession to WIPO Convention by the Cook Islands read more

Saudi Arabia Major Procedural and Fee Changes Expected read more

Serbia New Domain Name Registration System read more

Turkey Electronic Mailbox System for Notifications  read more

Ukraine Reformation of Judicial System Launched read more

Ukraine State Intellectual Property Service No Longer Needed  read more

United Arab Emirates New IP Protection e-Service Implemented read more

United Kingdom Fees for Designs Reduced Soon read more

United Kingdom Filing of International Trademark Applications by Email read more

WIPO Accession to WIPO Convention by the Cook Islands read more

WIPO Filing of International Trademark Applications in UK by Email read more

August 2016


Argentina Official Fees Increased read more

Australia Official Fees Increased read more

European Union Trademarks Deadline for Specifying Class Headings Soon Expired  read more

European Union Trademarks Revised Office Guidelines Published read more

Mexico Opposition System Now Available read more

South Korea Major Amendments to Trademark Act read more

Taiwan TIPO’s Names and Search Reference Revised read more

Thailand Amendments to Trademark Act Now Effective read more

July 2016


Afghanistan Suggested Procedure on Single Class Applications read more

China Pledge Applications Received by Local AICs read more

European Union Trademarks Albania and Georgia Joined TMview and DesignView read more

European Union Trademarks All EU Laws Fully in Force in United Kingdom read more

Germany Amendments to Trademark Regulation in Force read more

India Final Opportunity Before Abandoning TM Applications read more

Iraq Official Fees of PoA/Legalized Document Increased  read more

Japan Preemptive Trademarks Are Not Abandoned read more

Kenya Registered Trademarks May Block Company Registrations read more

Myanmar Documentary Requirements for Trademark Application Changed read more

Nigeria New Defense Mechanism Against Online Trademark Infringement read more

Oman Trade Name Regulations Changed read more

Portugal Official Fees Slightly Increased  read more

Thailand Trademark Act Amendments Soon in Force read more

United Kingdom All EU Laws Fully in Force read more

USA Deposit Accounts and Electronic Funds Transfer Accounts Need to Be Moved read more

WIPO New and Revised Model Forms for Offices Available read more

June 2016


Australia Madrid Fee Process Changed by IP Australia read more

Belarus Law On Trademarks and Service Marks Amended read more

Canada Consultations on Proposed Changes to Official Fees read more

European Union Trademarks Albania and Georgia Joined TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Mobile and Tablet Application Launched read more

European Union Trademarks WIPO Joins Designview read more

France Submission of Trademark Opposition via E-Service Required read more

Kosovo Original or Notarized PoA Required  read more

Mexico Trademark Opposition System Soon Available read more

North Korea Accession to Hague Agreement read more

North Korea Ratification to Singapore Treaty read more

Russian Federation Cease and Desist Letters Mandatory Before Infringement Lawsuits read more

Rwanda Opposition Period and IP Laws Amended read more

Ukraine Law on Medicinal Products Expected to be Simplified read more

Ukraine New IP Court to Be Established Soon read more

United Kingdom Changes to Annual Fee Payment in Cayman Islands read more

USA Comments to Changes of Use Requirements Wanted read more

WIPO Accession to Hague Agreement by North Korea  read more

WIPO Expedited Establishment of Attestation or of Certified Copy read more

WIPO Ratification to Singapore Treaty by North Korea read more

Yemen No More Class Headings in Trademark Applications  read more

Zimbabwe Madrid Protocol in TM Amendment Bill Included read more

May 2016


Albania New Regulation on Customs Enforcement read more

ARIPO Implementing Regulations Revised read more

Bahrain Official Fees Increased/TM Applications Published read more

Benelux IP Bureau of Sint Maarten Opened read more

Cyprus PoA for E-Filing No Longer Required read more

Ecuador IP Procedures Optimised read more

Estonia Databases of Trademarks and Designs Updated read more

Ethiopia Publication of Renewals Required read more

European Union Trademarks Equivalent Terms for Nice Class Headings read more

European Union Trademarks Information on Declarations under Article 28(8)  read more

European Union Trademarks Peru and Colombia Joined TMclass read more

France Scope of IR Protection on French Overseas Territories read more

Iraq Abandoned Applications Due to Incomplete Documentation  read more

Iraq Formalities for Class 5 Applications Revised read more

Israel Official Fees Slightly Reduced read more

Japan Search-Related Data on Design Registration Application read more

Japan Trademark Examination Guidelines Revised read more

Kuwait Original Registration Certificate for Renewal Now Required read more

Mexico Draft Amendments to TM Opposition Approved read more

Morocco Official Application Fee Amended read more

South Korea Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

South Korea Trademark Act Amended read more

South Korea Trademark Examination System Amended read more

Syria Official Fees Increased read more

Turkey Final Draft on IP Law Introduced read more

USA Comments to Proposed Fees Adjustment Wanted read more

USA New Payment Tools Launched by USPTO read more

USA New Status Feature Launched read more

Westbank Original PoA Required read more

WIPO Accession to Singapore Treaty by South Korea read more

WIPO New Madrid Monitor Search Tool read more

WIPO Scope of IR Protection on French Overseas Territories read more

April 2016


Afghanistan Change from Multi- to Single-Class System read more

Denmark Faroe Islands Now Covered by Madrid Protocol read more

European Union Trademarks Brunei and Cambodia Joined TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Change of Office Name and Fees read more

European Union Trademarks Start Date for Opposition Against IR Designating EU Changed read more

India Deadline for Submitting Evidence on Erroneous Abandonment of Trademarks read more

Indonesia Recordal Regulation of IP Licences Implemented read more

Japan Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Japan Official Fees Reduced read more

Laos Multi-Class Application Now Possible read more

New Zealand Trademark Practice Guidelines Updated read more

Poland Opposition Period and Examination Amended read more

Saudi Arabia Official Renewal Publication Fee Increased read more

Tanzania New Industrial Property Act Enacted read more

Thailand Trademark Act Amendments Approved read more

Uganda List of Trademarks Eligible to Be Renewed  read more

Uganda New Intellectual Property Law in Force read more

WIPO Accession to Singapore Treaty by Japan read more

WIPO Common Regulations of Madrid Agreement Amended read more

WIPO Common Regulations under Madrid Agreement and Protocol Amended read more

WIPO Faroe Islands Now Covered read more

WIPO New Version of Madrid Goods and Services Manager Now Available read more

March 2016


ARIPO Accession to the Banjul Protocol by Sao Tome and Principe read more

ARIPO Trademark Opposition Hearings No Longer Available in Botswana read more

Brazil Design Registration Certificates Only Electronically read more

Cambodia Declaration of Use for International Registrations Required read more

Canada E-Copies of Trademarks Documents read more

Iraq Practice Change on Search Requirements and More read more

Japan Japanese Translation of Nice Classification read more

Japan Revised Examination Guidelines for Designs read more

Laos Accession to Madrid Protocol by Lao People's Democratic Republic  read more

Mozambique New Industrial Property Code Approved  read more

New Zealand Practice Change to IPONZ Returned Mail Process read more

Poland E-Services Soon Available read more

Sao Tome and Principe Accession to Banjul Protocol read more

Turkey Trademark Bulletin Twice per Month Now  read more

United Arab Emirates Backlog of Design Applications read more

United Arab Emirates More IPR Courts to be Established read more

USA Courtesy Email Reminders by USPTO read more

WIPO Chance to Clarify the Scope of Protection of IR read more

WIPO Courtesy Email Reminders by USPTO read more

WIPO Declaration of Use for IR Designating Cambodia Required read more

WIPO Request Correction of Recording - New Form read more

February 2016


Argentina Mediation Law for Trademark Matters Amended read more

Brazil Accession to Hague Apostille Convention read more

Brazil Industrial Design Applications Accelerated read more

Canada CIPO Invites the Public for Consultation read more

Chile Accession to Hague Apostille Convention  read more

Denmark Hague Agreement to Apply to Faroe Islands read more

Denmark Madrid Protocol to Cover Faroe Islands  read more

Egypt Verification System for Trademarks  read more

European Union Trademarks Brazil Joins TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Framework for Declarations under Art. 28(8) EUTMR read more

European Union Trademarks Renewal Fees Reimbursed  read more

Japan Examination Guidelines Announced read more

Japan Official Fees Soon Reduced read more

Kuwait Amendments to Refusal and Opposition read more

Latvia Changes in Applicable Laws and Fees read more

Lithuania IP Gazette Twice a Month Now read more

Mexico Official Fees Increased read more

Mexico Status Quo Regarding Opposition System read more

Mongolia Designation of International Designs read more

Turkey Official Fees Increased read more

WIPO Madrid Protocol to Cover Faroe Islands read more

WIPO Nice Classification Tenth Edition, 2016 Version Implemented read more

WIPO Non-Working Days in 2016 read more

January 2016


ARIPO Official Fees Increased/Other Developments read more

European Union Trademarks ARIPO and Bosnia and Herzegovina Join TMview read more

European Union Trademarks Major Changes at OHIM in Force Soon  read more

Finland Pricing Structure and Official Trademark Fees Changed read more

Ireland Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Ireland E-filing for Designs Implemented read more

Kuwait Official Fees Increased read more

Oman Change of Practice of Opposition Examination read more

Serbia Opposition System Soon to be Expected read more

South Korea Design Examination Guidelines Amended read more

Turkmenistan Accession to Hague Agreement  read more

USA Nice Classification Tenth Edition, 2016 Version Implemented read more

WIPO Accession to Hague Agreement by Turkmenistan read more

WIPO Accession to Madrid Protocol by Lao People's Democratic Republic  read more

WIPO Accession to the Singapore Treaty by Ireland read more

WIPO Recording of Licenses in International Register no Effect in Gambia read more

December 2015


Bahrain Infringement Cases by Office Now Received read more

European Union Trademarks Finland Joins DesignView read more

European Union Trademarks Japan Joins TMview read more

India Draft on Trade Mark (Amendment) Rules Issued read more

Latvia Changes on Law on IP Institutions and Procedures in Effect Soon read more

Libya Last Deadline to Renew Lapsed Trademarks read more

OAPI/AIPO Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Russian Federation New Administrative Rules for Well-Known Trademarks read more

Switzerland Change in Practice of Custom Manufacturing of Products read more

Turkey Official Fees Be Increased Soon read more

United Arab Emirates Online Trademark Filing/Renewal Services  read more

WIPO Accession to Singapore Treaty by OAPI read more

November 2015


Australia Electronic Certificates for TMs Available Now read more

Benelux E-Filing in Sint Maarten Available Now read more

Canada Implementation of Trademarks Act Postponed read more

European Union Trademarks Poland and Serbia Join Designview read more

European Union Trademarks Switzerland Joins TMview  read more

Indonesia E-Filing for Renewal of Trademarks Possible Now read more

Kuwait Official Fees Soon Increased read more

Libya Trademark Registration Certificates Issued  read more

Mozambique Declaration of Intention to Use when Designating Mozambique read more

Philippines IP Cases for WIPO Mediation Accepted read more

Philippines Trademark Forms Updated read more

Poland Amendments to Industrial Property Law  read more

Taiwan Notice on Trademark Dispute Examination Procedures read more

USA New USPTO Regional Office Opened read more

USA Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Updated read more

WIPO Declaration of Intention to Use when Designating Mozambique read more

WIPO Declaration on Extension of Oppositions by Zimbabwe read more

WIPO Single Form for All Madrid System Applications read more

WIPO Termination of Hague Agreement by Ivory Coast  read more

WIPO Updated ROMARIN Database Launched read more

Zimbabwe Declaration to WIPO Deposited read more

October 2015


Chile Law Regulates Labeling of Food Products read more

China Official Filing Fees Decreased read more

European Union Trademarks Macedonia Joins Designview  read more

European Union Trademarks Notice on Practice of Distinctiveness - Figurative Marks read more

Portugal Trademark E-Filing Implemented read more

Sweden Design E-Filing and E-Services Now Possible read more

WIPO Accession to Madrid Protocol by Gambia read more

WIPO Coverage of UK Dependent Territories read more

WIPO Practical Consequences of Algeria’s Accession to Madrid Protocol  read more

September 2015


Algeria Joins Madrid Protocol read more

Argentina Official Fees Increased read more

Benelux IP Bureau of Sint Maarten Starts Soon read more

Benelux Process for Design Applications Improved read more

Canada Modernization of IP framework in Progress read more

Egypt New System for Trademarks Protection Launched read more

European Union Trademarks ASEAN Designview Officially Launched read more

European Union Trademarks Canada Joins TMview and Designview read more

European Union Trademarks China and the USA Join Designview  read more

European Union Trademarks Macedonia Joins TMview read more

European Union Trademarks UK Joins Designview read more

European Union Trademarks Updated Guidelines Enter into Force  read more

Hungary Trademark E-Filing Implemented read more

India Clarification on Designs Act/Public Notice for Agents read more

Israel Design Law Amended Soon read more

Kazakhstan Accession to WTO read more

Latvia Law on IP Institutions and Procedures Amended read more

Moldova Several IP Legislative Acts Amended read more

Nigeria  Digitisation of Trademark Records read more

Oman Applications Accepted in the Name of Individuals read more

Pakistan Amended Terms and IP Related Fees Increased read more

Paraguay Payment of Renewal Fees Restructured read more

Poland New Interactive Forms for Trademark/Industrial Design Applications read more

Saudi Arabia Increase of Official Fees Expected read more

Serbia Industrial Design Law Amended read more

Taiwan Trademark Related Regulations Amended read more

Tunisia Changes to Procedures of Trademarks/Services read more

Ukraine Free Access to Trademark Applications Database read more

United Kingdom New Trade Marks Act Now Effective in British Virgin Islands read more

WIPO Algeria Joins the Madrid Protocol read more

July 2015


Angola TM Owners Need to Re-Submit Documents read more

Belarus Arbitration Court Established read more

Benelux Bureau for Intellectual Property of Sint Marten Now Online read more

Benelux New And Improved Online Trademark Filing read more

Benelux New Online Design Register read more

Bolivia New Regulations on IP internal Procedures read more

Canada Nice Classification Expected read more

Canada Renewal of CIPO's Online Applications Soon read more

European Union Trademarks New Guidelines for Examination CTMs and Registered Community Designs read more

European Union Trademarks Payment Platform in 23 EU Languages Available read more

European Union Trademarks Report on Protection and Enforcement in Key Third Countries. read more

European Union Trademarks Serbia Joined TMview read more

France Official Fees Increased/New Rules on Deadlines read more

Indonesia New Online Integrated Information Platform read more

Latvia Range of E-services Expanded read more

Trinidad and Tobago New Laws Soon read more

Ukraine Communist and Nazi Symbols Banned read more

United Kingdom Amendments of the New Trade Mark Act in British Virgin Islands read more

United Kingdom New Trade Marks Act in Cayman Islands Soon read more

USA TBMP 2015 Update read more

WIPO Changes to Payment for IR designating Ghana read more

June 2015


European Union Trademarks Agreement Concerning Trademark Reform Reached read more

European Union Trademarks Poland and Latvia Implement Back Office read more

European Union Trademarks Tunisia Joined TMclass read more

Iraq Legal Extension to Kurdistan Abolished read more

Iraq New Directives on Submission of PoA read more

Italy IR Designating Italy Do Not Automatically Cover San Marino read more

Italy New Online Filing System Mandatory read more

Kazakhstan Official Fees Increased read more

Kazakhstan Patent and Trademark Office Moved read more

Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Joins Eurasian Economic Union read more

Oman Late Filing of Required Documents read more

South Korea Trademark Examination Guidelines Changed  read more

Sudan Official Stamp Fees Increased read more

Trinidad and Tobago Draft Trade Marks Bill  read more

Ukraine Administrative Appeal against Industrial Designs/Utility Models Considered read more

United Kingdom New Trade Mark Act in British Virgin Islands read more

USA Changes in Requirements for Collective Trademarks and Service Marks read more

Venezuela Tax Stamps Increase read more

WIPO Beta Version of ROMARIN Database  read more

WIPO New terms and conditions for electronic communication  read more

May 2015


Austria Publications Only Online Available read more

Benelux Filing of Oppositions Online Possible read more

Brazil Electronic System for Industrial Designs Launched read more

Cambodia Recording of Licenses in International Register no Effect  read more

Chile Changes to IP Law Expected read more

European Union Trademarks Iceland Joined DesignView  read more

European Union Trademarks Italy Implements Similarity Tool read more

European Union Trademarks Several Balkan Countries Joined TMclass read more

Finland Fast-Track Processing for Trade Register Notifications read more

Ghana Official Fees Increased read more

Japan International Design Registration System Now Available  read more

Kazakhstan IP Law Amended read more

Liechtenstein Online Design Register Now Available read more

Seychelles Accession to WTO read more

United Arab Emirates Drastic Official Fees Increase read more

WIPO Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement Adopted read more

WIPO New version of Madrid E-Renewal read more

WIPO No Recordings of Licenses in International Register Accepted by Cambodia read more

April 2015


European Union Trademarks Sweden Implemented Similarity Tool read more

India E-Filing of Design Applications Accepted read more

Israel Official Fees Slightly Reduced read more

Jamaica New Practice Direction on Class Headings  read more

Japan Examination Guidelines Revised read more

Japan Nice Classification in Japanese Released read more

Lebanon Legalisation of PoA Needed read more

Sudan Official Fees Increased read more

United Arab Emirates Update on Opposition Proceedings read more

March 2015


ARIPO E-Services Now Available read more

Australia IP Laws Amendment Bill 2014 Passed read more

Australia New E-Filing for International Registrations Now Available  read more

Brazil Trademark Application Backlog Reduced read more

Cambodia Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

European Union Trademarks Hungary Joined DesignView  read more

European Union Trademarks The Philippines Joined TMview read more

France Official Fees Increased Soon  read more

Greece Change of Practice of PoA read more

Hong Kong Official Fees Increased read more

India New Interface to Access IPO’s Information read more

Japan Accession to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement read more

Japan Examination Guidelines Announced  read more

Japan Non-Traditional Trademarks Soon Registerable read more

Montenegro National Industrial Design Register Launched read more

OAPI/AIPO Fees and Licence Recordal for IR Designating OAPI  read more

Romania Increase of Fees Suspended read more

Seychelles New Industrial Property Act in Effect Now  read more

Slovenia More E-Services Introduced read more

Turkey Online Application System Implemented read more

Venezuela Autonomous IP Service in Progress read more

WIPO Accession to the Madrid Protocol by Cambodia read more

WIPO Fees and Licence Recordal for IR Designating OAPI read more

WIPO Japan Accedes to Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement read more

WIPO New version of the WIPO Gazette read more

February 2015


Algeria New Trademark Form read more

Armenia Joined Eurasian Economic Union read more

Austria E-Payment Now Possible read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina Methodology for Trademark Examination Adopted read more

Estonia Official Fees Changed read more

European Union Trademarks Harmonised Database with Nice 10.15 Updated read more

European Union Trademarks Russia Joined DesignView read more

European Union Trademarks Updated Guidelines Enter into Force  read more

Georgia New Bank Details of Sakpatenti  read more

Germany Electronic Case File for Trademarks Soon Available read more

Serbia  “Class Heading Covers All” Approach Abolished read more

Seychelles New Industrial Property Act Passed read more

WIPO USA and Japan Join International Design System read more

January 2015


Algeria Official Fees Revised read more

Australia New E-Filing System for Trade Marks Madrid Export Applications read more

Brazil New Trademark Examination Guidelines read more

European Union Trademarks OAPI Joined TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Several Countries Joined DesignView read more

Ghana Trademark Law Amended read more

India Indian Design Act Amended read more

Kuwait Claiming Priority Possible Now read more

Libya Trademark Office Resumes its Activities read more

Morocco New Law on Industrial Property Issued read more

OAPI/AIPO Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

Syria Official Publication and Search Fees Increased read more

Turkey Official Fees Increased read more

USA Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice read more

USA Official Fees Reduced read more

USA The Nice Classification, Tenth Edition, Version 2015 Became Effective read more

WIPO Accession to the Madrid Protocol by Zimbabwe read more

WIPO Amendments to Common Regulations read more

Zimbabwe Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

December 2014


Bahrain Filing of Sound Marks are Possible Now read more

Bahrain Filing Without the Complete Documents Possible read more

Benelux Changes to International Registration Procedures read more

European Union Trademarks Iceland Joined TMview read more

European Union Trademarks Montenegro Joins TMclass read more

Vanuatu Official Fees Amended read more

WIPO New Version of Nice Classification into Force Soon read more

WIPO Opposition Procedure for International Registrations Designating Turkey Explained read more

November 2014


Argentina INPI Creates a New Registry of Licenses  read more

Burundi Early Trademark Registrations to Be Renewable read more

China Draft Provisions on Trail of Administrative Trademark-Related Cases read more

China Specialised IP Court Starts Operation read more

European Union Trademarks Cyprus Joined DesignView read more

European Union Trademarks Fast Track Procedure Soon Available read more

European Union Trademarks Payment of Applications in Advance read more

Greece E-Filing now Possible read more

Mongolia Regulation of Well-known Trademarks read more

Slovenia E-Filing Now Implemented read more

South Korea Batch Examination Available read more

Spain F-Filing for Designs Now Implemented read more

Uruguay Use of Trademarks Mandatory Now read more

USA Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Updated read more

WIPO Accession to the Convention by Niue read more

WIPO Change in Examination of International Registrations Designating EU read more

WIPO Guide on IP Challenges Faced by Festival Organizers read more

WIPO Tajikistan Ratifies Singapore Treaty read more

October 2014


Brazil Issuance of Electronic Certification read more

Canada Consultation to Modernize Canada's Intellectual Property read more

Cape Verde Merge of IP Office and Quality Management Institute read more

Colombia Trademark Registration Speeded Up read more

European Union Trademarks Finland Joined TMclass  read more

European Union Trademarks Iceland and Montenegro Joined TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Practice of Relative Grounds of Refusal/Likelihood of Confusion read more

European Union Trademarks Tunisia Joined TMview read more

Iceland Official Fees Increased read more

Iraq Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Kuwait Accession to the Paris Convention read more

Latvia E-Filing Now Available read more

Lithuania New Trademarks and Designs E-Filing System read more

Mozambique Clarification on Declaration of Intention to Use read more

New Zealand Trade Mark Practice Guidelines Changed read more

South Korea Amendments to the Korean Trademark Act read more

Syria New Procedures for Legalization of PoA read more

WIPO Lithuania Accepts Recordings of Licenses in International Register read more

September 2014


Albania IP Law Amended read more

Azerbaijan Official Fees Changed read more

China New Regulations on Well-Known Trademarks read more

China Notice on Division of Application read more

Cyprus New Common Practice on Black & White Trademarks read more

Estonia Official Gazettes Soon Published Electronically  read more

European Union Trademarks ASEAN TMview Launched read more

European Union Trademarks Canada and Norway Joined TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Change in Examination of International Registrations Designated in EU read more

India Official Fees Increased read more

Japan More Entities Entitled to Register Regional Collective Trademarks read more

Japan Non-Traditional Trademarks Soon Registrable read more

Libya Trade Marks Office Closed read more

Moldova Use of National Symbols read more

Nigeria Trademark Application Procedures Tightened Up read more

Romania Expedited Examination of Trademark Applications Cancelled read more

Turkey Non-Use Cancellation May No Longer Be Possible read more

Ukraine Re-Validation of IP Rights in Crimea read more

United Kingdom Changes to Design Law read more

July 2014


Canada Changes to Canadian TM Act Expected read more

France Practice Change to French Polynesia read more

France Regional INPI Offices No Longer Entitled to Receive Filings read more

Indonesia Official Fees Increased read more

Iraq Revision of TM Files Ongoing read more

Japan Accession to Locarno Classification read more

New Zealand IPONZ Is Moving read more

Portugal Official Fees Changed read more

Sudan TM Filings Now Possible in South Sudan read more

United Kingdom No Re-Introduction of Fast Track Examination read more

WIPO E-Subsequent Designation Now Available read more

WIPO Madrid Goods and Services Manager (MGS) Updated read more

Yemen Official Publication Fees soon Increased read more

June 2014


Benelux Agreement between Sint Maarten and BOIP read more

Burundi Accession to Hague Apostille Convention read more

Ethiopia Extension to Deadline read more

European Union Trademarks Denmark and Romania Joined TMClass read more

European Union Trademarks Italy Joined DesignView read more

European Union Trademarks New Office Guidelines read more

European Union Trademarks TMview Now Available in Arabic  read more

Indonesia Trademark Law Soon Amended read more

Ireland E-Filing Now Available  read more

Kosovo Trademark Law Soon Amended read more

Kuwait Registration Certificates of Designs Now Available read more

Moldova New Service of E-Filing read more

Sao Tome and Principe Accession to Harare Protocol/ARIPO read more

Saudi Arabia Deadline for Submitting PoA Changed read more

United Arab Emirates Trademark Examination Procedures Changed read more

Yemen Accession to WTO read more

May 2014


Ethiopia Deadline for Re-Registrations/Other Requirements read more

European Union Trademarks New Common Practice on Black & White Marks read more

Kyrgyzstan Trademark Law Amended read more

New Zealand Practice Guidelines for Royal Marks Updated read more

USA Reduction of Application and Renewal Fees Proposed read more

Venezuela Change of Practice read more

WIPO Image-Based Search for TMs Launched read more

April 2014


Australia New International TM Application Form read more

Brazil Change of Practice of Highly Renowned Trademarks read more

Brazil Official Trademark Fees Changed read more

Canada New E-Filing System Launched read more

Egypt Official Fees Increased read more

European Union Trademarks China Joined TMView read more

European Union Trademarks Romania Joined DesignView read more

Iraq Change of Practice of PoA read more

Jordan New Regulations to Trademark Assignment read more

Kenya Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

Montenegro Trademark Law Soon Amended read more

Russian Federation Civil Code Amendments to Impact IP Regulations read more

South Korea Joins the Hague System read more

United Arab Emirates Change of Practice of PoA read more

WIPO New Publication/Revised Guide/Official Forms Changed read more

March 2014


Bahrain GCC Trademarks Law Approved read more

Belarus Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Denmark IP Marketplace now in English read more

European Union Trademarks Communication on Acceptability of Classification Terms read more

European Union Trademarks South Korea Joined TMView read more

India Opposition Period Changed read more

Kuwait Relocation of TM and Patents Department read more

Kyrgyzstan Trademark Law Changed read more

Saudi Arabia New Scale for Filing and Registration Numbers read more

South Korea Official Fees Increased read more

United Arab Emirates New Procedure for Amending TM Applications read more

United Kingdom Fast Track Examination Consultation Open read more

United Kingdom IPO Joins Similarity read more

USA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking read more

February 2014


Bahrain Accession to Hague Apostille Convention read more

Benelux E-filing for Designs/International Trademarks Now Possible read more

Ethiopia Deadline for Re-Registrations Adjusted read more

France Change of Opposition Procedure Awaited read more

Georgia E-Filing Possible read more

Germany German Designs Act Revised read more

India E-Filing System Enhanced read more

Nigeria Intellectual Property Automated System Launched read more

Saudi Arabia E-Publication Fees Increased read more

Singapore Trade Marks (Amendment) Rules 2013 read more

United Kingdom New Practice to Trademark Proceedings read more

USA Proposed Rule to Trademark Practice read more

January 2014


European Union Trademarks Russia and U.S. Joined TMView read more

Finland Name of Trademark Office Changed read more

Germany Electronic File Inspection Launched read more

Paraguay Accession to Hague Apostille Convention read more

Slovenia Industrial Property Act Amended read more

South Africa IP Laws Amendment Act Published read more

Syria New Procedures for Trademark Renewal read more

USA Nice Classification Update read more

WIPO Delay of Gazette Publication Reduced read more

WIPO Locarno Classification Update read more

December 2013


Argentina Electronic Trademark Certificates read more

Finland Trade Register Act Soon Amended read more

Gaza Revision of Formalities read more

Germany Design Law Soon Amended read more

Germany Online Registration without Signature read more

India Classification Goods and Services Published read more

Latvia Adoption of Euro read more

Morocco New IP Law Soon Expected read more

Philippines TM Applications with Priority Claim read more

Romania E-Filing Soon read more

Saudi Arabia E-Filing Practice read more

Slovenia SIPO Joined Designview read more

United Kingdom Trade Marks (Isle of Man) Order 2013 in Force read more

Uruguay Use of Trademarks No Longer Optional read more

USA Submissions to TM ID Suggest Mailbox read more

WIPO Israel Joined Global TM Database read more

WIPO New Online Licensing System read more

WIPO Non Working Days in 2014 read more

November 2013


Benelux Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Bulgaria E-Filing Soon read more

Chile Official Publication Fees Reduced read more

European Union Trademarks Developments on TMview and TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Practice Manual on Classification Amended read more

Guatemala Online Pre-Filing Available read more

Iran E-Filing System Completed read more

New Zealand Madrid Protocol Application Form Updated  read more

Russian Federation Fee Calculator Service Launched read more

October 2013


Australia General eService Introduced read more

Austria Introduction of New Provincial Administrative Courts read more

Azerbaijan Official Fees Increased read more

Benelux Singapore Treaty Ratified by LU read more

Costa Rica Regulatory Authority for Certification Marks  read more

Croatia Gazette Published Fortnightly Soon read more

European Union Trademarks France Joins Seniority read more

European Union Trademarks Spain Implements Similarity read more

European Union Trademarks Update on Guidelines of TM and Design Practice read more

Iran Trademark Office Moved read more

Madagascar Fine for Late Renewal Increased read more

New Zealand TM Practice Guideline Updated read more

Saudi Arabia Electronic Filing Now Possible read more

Syria Official TM Renewal Fees Amended read more

Tunisia Madrid Protocol Enters into Force read more

United Kingdom New Fast-Track TM Opposition Procedure read more

USA USPTO Operation Status read more

Venezuela Official Fees Increased read more

WIPO Information Required when Effecting Payment  read more

September 2013


Armenia Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Benelux Opposition Proceedings Soon Changed read more

Benelux Significant Changes to IP Practice read more

Brazil Recognition of Well-known Marks Revised read more

Canada Expedited Examinations Abolished  read more

China Amendments to Trademark Law Adopted read more

Egypt Electronic Official Gazette Introduced read more

European Union Trademarks Timetable of Public Holidays 2014  read more

European Union Trademarks Turkey Joins TMview read more

France Local Trademark Regulation in French Polynesia read more

France Ongoing Reform in New Caledonia read more

Georgia GIs Published for Opposition read more

Germany Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Kosovo New GI Law in Force read more

New Zealand Accession to Nice Agreement read more

Slovakia Online Filing Now Possible read more

Switzerland Official Trademark Renewal Fees Increased read more

Tunisia Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

WIPO New Special Services read more

Yemen Official Publication Fees Increased read more

Yemen Official Weekend Changed read more

Yemen Publication of Appeal Decisions  read more

July 2013


Argentina Official Fees Increased read more

Austria Online Filing Now Possible read more

Benelux Singapore Treaty Ratified read more

Bolivia Official Publication Fees Increased read more

Canada New Trademark Examination Manual read more

Chile Amendments to IP Law Expected read more

Croatia EU Membership Effective read more

Egypt Advertisement of Accepted Trademarks Changed read more

European Union Trademarks Croatia, Cyprus, Mexico, and Norway Join TMview read more

India Licence Recordal of IR read more

Iraq Official Trademark Fees in Kurdistan read more

Madagascar Official Fees Inccreased read more

Mozambique Change of Practice read more

New Zealand TM Specifications and Duplicated Terms  read more

Philippines Declaration of Use of IR Required read more

Portugal New Application Guidelines read more

Portugal Official Fees Increased read more

Saudi Arabia Official Weekend Changed read more

Syria Denunciation of Madrid Agreement read more

United Kingdom Accession to Vienna Classification read more

USA Electronic Official Gazette Improved read more

WIPO IR Designations to PH require Declaration of Use read more

WIPO Syria's Denunciation of Madrid Agreement in Force read more

June 2013


Croatia Harmonisation Project Integrated read more

El Salvador Amendments to the Trademark and Other Distinctive Signs Law read more

European Union Trademarks Class Headings Breakthrough Announced read more

European Union Trademarks Croatia Integrated into Harmonisation Project  read more

Finland E-filing Now Possible read more

Hungary Amendments to Trademark Act read more

Libya First Trademark Journal after Revolution Issued read more

Nicaragua Apostille Convention in Force read more

South Korea Amendments to Trademark Act Introduced read more

Turkey Online Opposition Available read more

United Arab Emirates Filing Cases Online at Court  read more

WIPO Declaration of Intention to Use in India Needed read more

WIPO Designation to India Needs National Recording of License  read more

May 2013


Albania Change of Practice in Registering Domain Names read more

Argentina Official Fees Increased read more

China Third Revision of PRC Trademark Law  read more

European Union Trademarks KIPO Joins TMclass read more

European Union Trademarks Malta Joins Seniority read more

European Union Trademarks Manual of Trade Mark Practice Amended read more

Finland Cash Payments No Longer Allowed  read more

Iraq Legal Protection of TMs in Kurdistan read more

Jordan Renewals Back to Normal read more

Kuwait Publication of Design Applications read more

Libya Trademark Office Accepts TM Applications Now read more

Malta Becomes Member to Implement Seniority Project read more

New Zealand Trade Mark Practice Guidelines Updated read more

OAPI/AIPO Comoro Islands Becomes a Member  read more

Sweden New Feature in Trademark Renewal read more

WIPO New Version of Madrid Goods and Services Manager read more

April 2013


Australia Revised TM Law Amends Opposition Period read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina Accession to Lisbon Act read more

Bulgaria PTO to Abolish ‘Class Heading Covers All’ Approach read more

China Trademark Office Relocated read more

Ethiopia New Trademark Law read more

Ethiopia Timetable for TM Re-Registration read more

European Union Trademarks CTM Reform Proposals Available read more

European Union Trademarks Euroclass Becomes TMClass read more

India Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

Iran Additional Formalities to Trademark Applications Required read more

Libya Practice of Trademark Office read more

New Zealand TM Law Reform/TM Amendment Regulations read more

Nigeria New IP Office Practise read more

Syria TM office rejects IRs designating Israel read more

United Arab Emirates 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

United Kingdom Consultation for Fast Track Opposition Procedure read more

United Kingdom New TM Law in VG Expected read more

United Kingdom Online Services Enhanced read more

United Kingdom Time Periods/Opposition Periods Changed read more

WIPO Change of Practice Concerning Syrian Arab Republic read more

WIPO Syrian TM office rejects IRs designating Israel read more

March 2013


Belarus Amendments to Trademark Law in Force read more

Canada Elimination of Deposit Account Replenishment by Credit Card read more

Croatia EU Trademark and Design Regulations read more

Cyprus Official Fees Increased read more

Jordan Renewal Stopped for a Month  read more

Lebanon New Trademark Filing System read more

Lithuania Trademark Law Amended read more

Serbia Trademark Law Amended read more

United Arab Emirates New Automatic Search System Implemented by TM Office read more

Yemen E-Filing Introduced read more

February 2013


Canada Online Banking Available read more

Colombia Official Fees Reduced read more

Iran New Payment Regime for Foreigners read more

Libya Issuances of Registration Certificates read more

Lithuania Singapore Treaty Ratified read more

Mauritius Official Fees Increased read more

United Kingdom Changes to Trademark Services Soon Active read more

United Kingdom Protection for Person's Personality in Guernsey read more

Westbank Official Fees Increased read more

WIPO Official Forms Amended/Preferred Communication read more

January 2013


Argentina 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Bahamas New Legislation Drafted read more

Belarus Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

European Union Trademarks Finland Goes Live with TM E-Filing read more

European Union Trademarks Ireland and Poland Joined TMview read more

European Union Trademarks Manual on Trademark Practice for Collective Marks Changed read more

Iraq New Power of Attorney Regulations read more

New Zealand 7th Edition of Vienna Classifications Updated read more

Saudi Arabia Accession to Nice Agreement read more

Spain Official Fees Increased read more

Sweden New Formalities Practice read more

Sweden Official Fees Increased read more

Turkey Official Fees Increased read more

Uruguay Accession to the Hague Apostille read more

WIPO 2013 Version of 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

December 2012


Germany Expiration of Time Limits during Festive Season read more

India Notification on Disposal of Opposition/Rectification read more

Iran Trademark Electronic Application System Launched read more

Montenegro Accession to Nice Agreement read more

New Zealand Official Fees Soon Increased read more

Saudi Arabia Amendments to Trademark Law  read more

Turkey PTO Announced Reforms read more

WIPO Customer Satisfaction Survey read more

WIPO Designation to Colombia Needs Recording of License read more

WIPO Use of Class Headings of Nice Classification read more

November 2012


Australia Amendments to Trade Mark Act read more

Australia New Transactions through eServices read more

Canada Extension of Time Justification Online Available read more

European Union Trademarks Austria and Germany Joined TMView read more

European Union Trademarks Extension of Time Limit read more

European Union Trademarks Malta Joined TMview read more

Finland Use of Class Headings read more

France Change of Address of Patent Office read more

Germany DPMA Web Pages Unavailable Coming Weekend read more

Lithuania Accession to Singapore Treaty and Amendments to Trade Mark Law read more

Mexico Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

Morocco Official Fees Payable for Each Class read more

New Zealand Amended Trade Mark Regulations Published read more

Saudi Arabia Publication in Official Gazette No Longer Requested read more

United Kingdom New Trade Mark Law in Montserrat read more

USA New Version of TMEP Online read more

WIPO Designation to New Zealand Needs Intention to Use read more

October 2012


Greece New Trademark Law in Force/Official Fees Reduced read more

Libya Certificates of Registration read more

Morocco Official Fees Increased read more

New Zealand Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Panama Major Amendments to IP Laws read more

United Kingdom New Requirements for Merging TMs read more

September 2012


Argentina New Instructions to Examiners read more

Australia Official Fees Increased read more

Brazil Code for Numbering Changed read more

Brazil New Rules on TM Coexistence Agreements read more

Brazil Similar and Generic Veterinary Medicines Introduced read more

Canada Deposit Account/Credit Card Statements  read more

Cuba New Industrial Property Law read more

Germany New Opening Hours in the Munich Office read more

Germany Official Warning read more

Iceland Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

India Suggestions for Classifications of Goods & Services read more

Lebanon 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Montenegro Amendments to Trademark Law read more

New Zealand Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

Philippines Examination of Applications Remain the Same read more

Romania New Instructions for Examinations read more

Russian Federation Official Fees Increased read more

South Korea Announcement with respect to Examination Guideline read more

Syria New Ministry Name read more

United Kingdom New Trademark Act in Grenada Introduced read more

USA Direct Link to Trademark Official Gazette Page read more

USA Patent Reform Now Implemented read more

USA Public Comment Period on TM Fees Announced  read more

USA Release version 2.0 of Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) read more

USA Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Updated read more

WIPO Denunciation of Madrid Agreement from Syria read more

August 2012


Indonesia IIPO Closed read more

July 2012


European Union Trademarks Change in Practice on Use of Class Headings read more

European Union Trademarks Hungary joins TMview read more

Indonesia 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Italy Grants for Registering CTM and IR  read more

Malaysia 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Mozambique 10th Edition of Nice Classification  read more

New Zealand Credit Card Payments to IPONZ read more

New Zealand Deposition of Accession to Madrid Protocol Soon Expected read more

Philippines Accession to the Madrid Protocol Now Effective read more

Singapore New Website Launched read more

Sudan New Trademark Circular read more

Switzerland Most Creative Country read more

Taiwan New Trademark Act Effective read more

United Arab Emirates Changes in TM Routine read more

United Kingdom Changes to Trademark Services read more

Yemen 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

June 2012


Benelux Accession to TLT read more

Iceland Trademarks Act Changed read more

Portugal Official Fees Increased read more

Qatar IP Office Is Relocating read more

Syria Withdrawing from Madrid Agreement read more

USA Assessment of Accuracy of Register read more

USA New gTLD Name Applications Revealed read more

USA New Patent and TM Resource Center read more

May 2012


Afghanistan New IP Office and Procedures read more

Algeria Rules on Power of Attorney read more

Australia eServices Launched read more

Australia Official Fees Soon Increased read more

Chile Trademark Law Amended read more

Colombia Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

European Union Trademarks Trade Mark Practice Changed read more

Greece New Trademark Law read more

India First Compulsory License read more

Israel Pharmaceutical Labeling Requirements  read more

Jordan Class Headings No Longer Acceptable read more

Kazakhstan Ratification of Singapore Treaty read more

Kazakhstan Trademark Law Adopted read more

Mexico Accession to Madrid Protocol read more

Mexico IP Regulation Modified read more

Myanmar Multiple Class Registration Now Possible read more

New Zealand Enhancement to Case Management System read more

Paraguay Digital Signature Soon Effective read more

Philippines Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

Taiwan Amended Trademark Act Soon Effective read more

United Kingdom New Practice in Trademark Proceedings read more

United Kingdom Ratification of Singapore Treaty read more

Westbank Change of Practice for Renewals read more

WIPO New Web-Based Communication Services read more

April 2012


Bahrain New Trade Name Law read more

Canada Sound Marks Now Registrable read more

European Union Trademarks New Practice of Opposition Proceedings read more

Israel Patent Authority Begins Examining PCT Applications read more

Japan Revision of the Trademark Practice read more

New Zealand Practice Guidelines Changed read more

Portugal New IP Court read more

United Kingdom Change of Address of UKIPO read more

Vanuatu New Local TM Registration System  read more

WIPO Communication of Notifications Changed read more

March 2012


Azerbaijan Electronic System for IP Rights Registration  read more

Canada Fee Payment Form Required read more

China Requirement for Search Request read more

Colombia Changes in Registration Procedures read more

Costa Rica Guidelines for TM Applications read more

European Union Trademarks Further Countries Joined TM View read more

Iraq No Applications on Thursdays read more

Jamaica Official Fees Increased read more

Kosovo National TM Applications Published for Opposition read more

Peru Regulation for Registration of Pharma Products read more

Portugal Domain Registration Rules Liberalized read more

Saudi Arabia Trademark Office Online Services read more

South Korea Amendments to Trademark Act read more

South Korea Official Fees Increased read more

Tajikistan Accession to the Geneva Act read more

Thailand New Trademark Bill Approved read more

Turkmenistan IP Legislation Amended read more

USA Official Warning read more

WIPO Additional Languages for G&S Manager read more

February 2012


Australia New Business Names Registration Service  read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina Accession to Vienna Agreement read more

Colombia Accession to TLT read more

European Union Trademarks Classification Manual Incorporated read more

India List of INNs Published read more

Ireland Official Fees Amended read more

Kosovo Accelerated Examination of TM Applications read more

Malaysia Industrial Design Regulation Updated read more

Montenegro Accession to Vienna Agreement read more

New Zealand New Case Management System Online read more

Oman Requirements for Legalization of Documents Changed read more

Qatar Customs Recordal Soon Implemented read more

Russian Federation IP Court to Be Established read more

Singapore New Dispute Resolution Procedure read more

Sudan ISO Code for South Sudan read more

United Kingdom Requirement for Local Agent in Cayman Islands Postponed read more

Vanuatu Accession to WIPO Convention read more

Venezuela TM Application Simplified read more

WIPO Countries Adopting 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

January 2012


Argentina Renewal Period Amended read more

Argentina Translations to be Certified read more

Brazil E-Tracking of Applications read more

Colombia Accession to Madrid Protocol Expected read more

Croatia To Join the EU read more

European Union Trademarks Croatia to Join the EU read more

India Info Required on TM Applications read more

Montenegro TMs Published for Opposition read more

New Zealand New Case Management System read more

Spain Opt Out of Community Search System read more

Sudan TM Registration in Southern Sudan read more

United Kingdom New Patents and TM Law in Cayman Islands read more

USA TM Status Document Retrieval  read more

December 2011


Brazil Official Fees to Increase in 2012 read more

European Union Trademarks Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Germany Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Guatemala Legal Notices Electronically read more

Ireland Change of Practice in Honest Concurrent Use read more

Libya Country Name Changed read more

Montenegro Serbian Trademarks Included in Search Reports  read more

Sweden Most Creative Country in the World read more

Sweden Trademark Application Modernised read more

Tunisia Going to Accede to Hague System and Madrid Protocol read more

Turkey Change of Practice in Class 35 read more

USA New Patent Reform Act Adopted read more

Yemen Official Fees for Publishing Increased read more

November 2011


European Union Trademarks Mediation Service Available read more

India E-Filing Soon Available read more

Iraq List of Missing Trademark Files read more

Libya Trademark Office Resumes its Activities read more

Montenegro New Trademark Regulation Enters into Force read more

Pakistan Journal of Trademarks Available Electronically Now read more

Saudi Arabia Validity of the PoA Amended read more

Singapore Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification read more

Singapore Official Fees Increase in December read more

Sudan Simply Signed PoA Now Accepted read more

WIPO Introduction of the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification read more

October 2011


ARIPO Rwanda Joins ARIPO read more

Brazil New Version of Electronic Filing System read more

Ecuador Term Extension to File Oppositions No Longer Accepted read more

European Union Trademarks Mediation Service on the Way read more

Gaza Simply Signed PoA Accepted read more

Iraq TM Applications Soon Possible in Kurdistan read more

Kenya IP Journal Available Electronically Now  read more

Montenegro Deadline to Re-register National Serbian Trademark  read more

New Zealand Trade Marks Amendment Act 2011 read more

Portugal Project Seniority Implemented read more

Saudi Arabia Legalization of Power of Attorney Required read more

Singapore Official Fees to Increase in November read more

Sweden New Trademark Law read more

Turkmenistan Use Requirement Compulsory read more

Turks and Caicos Islands Introduction of Annual Maintenance Fee read more

United Kingdom Report on Trade Mark Incentives read more

United Kingdom Requirement to Attend Hearings on Invalidation on Relative Grounds read more

WIPO EuroClass Tool Improved read more

WIPO Use of Electronic Communication read more

Yemen New Industrial Designs Implementing Regulations read more

Yemen Official Fees Increased and Re-structured read more

September 2011


Argentina Official Fees Increased read more

Bulgaria Opposition System Introduced/Official Fees Reduced read more

Kosovo New Trademark Law read more

Sudan IP Protection in South Sudan read more

Uzbekistan New Agency for Intellectual Property Established read more

WIPO New Madrid System Logo Introduced read more

WIPO Non Working Days in 2012 read more

WIPO Request for Territorial Extension of IR Equates to Grant of Protection read more

Yemen Trademark Implementing Regulations Issued read more

August 2011


Malaysia Notices on Extension of Time read more

Montenegro Trademark Searches Possible read more

Singapore Revocation Process Changed read more

Switzerland Change of Practice read more

United Kingdom End of Reclassifications read more

July 2011


Italy Examination Backlog Cleared read more

Mexico Change of Requirements for Claiming Priority  read more

Norway Trademark Duration Amended read more

Pakistan Official Fees Increased read more

Portugal Official Fees Increased read more

Serbia Deadline for Re-Registration Approaching read more

Sweden Opposition Period Changed read more

June 2011


Bahrain Annuity Payment Reminder for Industrial Designs read more

European Union Trademarks Electronic Certified Copies not Always Accepted read more

Iraq Official Fees Decreased read more

Israel 3D Shape Applications Accepted read more

Kuwait Deadline to Complete Trademark Applications read more

Nigeria TM Online Registration Possible read more

Westbank IP Gazette Introduced read more

Yemen Trademark Office not Functioning read more

May 2011


European Union Trademarks France Joined TM View read more

European Union Trademarks Provision of Certified Copies read more

India Reconstitution of Misplaced Files read more

Israel No Disclaimer Required read more

Italy Opposition Possible Now read more

Mozambique Surcharges for Late Renewal of TMs read more

South Africa New Procedure for Objection to Company Names read more

Sweden New Trademark Act Soon read more

Tajikistan Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

April 2011


Bahrain PoA Requirements Changed read more

Bahrain Trademark & Patent Office Fully Operational read more

Brazil INPI Website Available in English Now read more

Hungary Electronic TM Filing Improved  read more

Ireland Change of Office Practice in Opposition Proceedings read more

Italy Opposition Procedure Operational Soon  read more

Kosovo Second IP Gazette Launched read more

Macedonia Law on Industrial Property Amended read more

Mauritius Opposition Period and Official Fees Changed read more

Taiwan Early Renewal Application Rejected read more

Uganda Goods & Services Specification Changed read more

Venezuela Late Filing of PoA Abolished read more

March 2011


Benelux Country Codes for the Caribbean Netherlands Allocated read more

Benelux Publication of Caribbean Netherlands TMs read more

China Cross-Strait (Taiwan & China) IPR Agreement  read more

Egypt New Decisions of the Patent Office read more

European Union Trademarks Forms for Legal Entities Changed read more

European Union Trademarks New "eSearch plus" Service Launched read more

European Union Trademarks Online Filing of Oppositions read more

Gaza New Practice for TM Filings read more

Georgia Translation of Nice Classification (9th) read more

Japan Bail–out Measures  read more

Libya Trademark Office Not Functioning read more

Macedonia Translation of Nice Classification (9th) read more

New Zealand Availability of Online Services read more

New Zealand Online Correspondence Service Enhanced read more

Taiwan Cross-Strait (Taiwan & China) IPR Agreement Signed read more

United Kingdom Manual of Trademarks Practice Updated read more

WIPO Global Brand Database Online read more

February 2011


Afghanistan Cancellation Actions, Change in Practice  read more

Argentina Mediation Law Changed read more

Bahrain Legalized Power of Attorney Requested read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina New Trademark Law read more

Bulgaria Amendments of Trademark Law read more

Croatia Ratification of Singapore Treaty read more

Egypt Trademark Office Operating Again read more

Gaza Requirements for TM Filing Changed read more

Georgia Address of Trademark Office Changed read more

Iceland Official Fees Changed read more

India Major Changes to Official Fees and TM Searches read more

Iran New Trademark Filing Requirement read more

Israel Official Fees Amended read more

Kosovo First IP Gazette Launched read more

Latvia Official Fees for Filing an Action Increased read more

Malaysia Trademark Regulations Changed read more

Sweden Online Service for TM Renewals read more

Taiwan Free Online Database read more

Taiwan Official Fees Changed read more

Uruguay Official Fees for Trademark Renewals Changed read more

Venezuela Electronic 'Registration Certificates' Introduced read more

Yemen Opposition and Renewal Period Changed read more

January 2011


Benelux Consequences of Dissolution of Netherlands Antilles read more

Bulgaria Bulgarian Trademarks Added to TMview read more

European Union Trademarks Ireland and Malta Adopt Harmonised Goods & Services List read more

Finland Trademark Act Amended read more

Iraq New Regulations to Expedite TM Examination read more

Mongolia Accession to Singapore Treaty  read more

Montenegro Procedure for Validation of Serbian Trademarks read more

North Korea Name of Trademark Office Changed read more

Norway Official Fees Changed read more

Spain Official Fees Reduced read more

Switzerland Trademark Guidelines Revised read more

Turkey Official Fees Reduced read more

WIPO Online Tool G&S Manager Launched read more

December 2010


Canada Fee Payment Methods Changed read more

Germany Change in Practise Announced read more

Israel Changes due to Implementation of Madrid Protocol read more

Latvia Trademark Law Amended read more

Montenegro New Trademark Law/New Opposition Period read more

Venezuela Filings with Complete Documents Only read more

Yemen New Trademark Law Issued/Opposition Period Changed read more

November 2010


Benelux Application of the Madrid Protocol by the Netherlands Amended read more

Denmark Validity of International Registration in Greenland read more

European Union Trademarks Manual of Trademark Practise Amended read more

European Union Trademarks New Feature in E-Filing read more

Gaza Power of Attorney Needed read more

India Filing of a Petition against Removed TMs Possible read more

Syria Legalization of Power of Attorney Required read more

WIPO Application of the Madrid Protocol by the Netherlands Amended read more

WIPO Validity of International Registration in Greenland read more

October 2010


ARIPO Ugandan Trademark Act Approved read more

European Union Trademarks New Forms read more

India Clarification Notice Issued read more

India Trademark Journal Now Published Every Monday read more

Iraq Second List of Missing Trademark Files Released read more

Ireland New Trademark Rules read more

Kazakhstan Accession to the Madrid Protocol  read more

Mexico Fees and Services Amended read more

Moldova IP Service List Updated read more

Serbia Accession to the Nice Agreement read more

United Kingdom Opposition Period Reduced by One Day read more

WIPO Updated List of Members to the Madrid System read more

September 2010


Bulgaria Opposition Period Will Change read more

China Guidelines on Trademarking a State Name read more

European Union Trademarks Changes in Practise Introduced read more

Kosovo New Trademark Law Approved read more

Mexico No Power of Attorney Needed read more

New Zealand Goods and Services Tax Increased read more

New Zealand New Processing Timeframes Introduced read more

Portugal New Rules on Registration of Domain Names read more

Spain Publication of Suspended Trademarks and Tradenames read more

August 2010


Canada Database Upgraded read more

Chile Use of Vienna Classification read more

European Union Trademarks Free Database for Spanish Trademarks Now Available read more

Iraq First List of Missing Trademark Files Released read more

Italy Accession to the Singapore Treaty read more

Macedonia Lisbon Agreement Ratified read more

South Korea Fee Schedule Revised read more

Switzerland Electronic Submissions by E-mail Introduced read more

July 2010


Argentina Renewal Proceedings Changed read more

Armenia New Trademark Law in Force read more

Australia Changes to Trademark Renewal Reminder Notices read more

Canada Deadline for the Exclusive Use of Vienna Classification Postponed read more

Ecuador Official Fees Increased read more

Estonia Domain Name Registration Loosened read more

European Union Trademarks New Deadline for Correcting Translations read more

Finland Commercial Service Fees Increased read more

Finland Trademark Classification Practise Changed read more

Greece Updates on Annulments/Revocations Available read more

India 9th Edition of the Nice Classification Adopted read more

India Details on Pending Application and Registered TM Available read more

Libya First Trademark Registration Certificate Issued read more

Norway Opposition Period Changed read more

June 2010


China Trademark Examination Cycle Shortened read more

Israel Accession to the Madrid Protocol read more

New Zealand Design Act Amended read more

South Korea New Installment Payment Changes Postponed til July, 2010 read more

Vietnam New Law on Trade Names Passed read more

WIPO Official Fees for Designs Changed read more

May 2010


Canada Use of Vienna Classification Exclusively read more

Chile Online Payment Services for TM Publication Launched read more

European Union Trademarks Free Internet Searchable Database Launched read more

European Union Trademarks Future Revision of the Trademark System read more

Guatemala Renewal of Slogans read more

Ireland New Guidelines for Extension of Time read more

Jordan Official Trademark Fees Reduced read more

New Zealand Practice and Online Services Changed read more

Nigeria New Trade Mark Journal Released read more

Oman Official Fees Increased read more

Puerto Rico Trademark Law Amended read more

Romania New IP Laws Effective read more

South Korea Renewal Process/New Installment Payment Changed read more

Syria Official Publication Fees Increased read more

United Kingdom Administrative Trademark Fees Increased read more

Uruguay E-Filing System Available  read more

April 2010


Benelux Accession to Singapore Treaty by Netherlands read more

Bolivia Official Fee Reduction for Second-Level Domains read more

Bulgaria Adoption of Amendments to Trademark Law read more

Colombia Domain Name Registration Opened  read more

Dominica New Trademark Proceedings read more

Hong Kong Issuing of Notices of Deficiency read more

Macedonia Accession to the Vienna Agreement read more

Russian Federation Extension of the .РФ Domain Registration Period read more

Slovakia Accession to the Singapore Treaty read more

Switzerland Improved Trademark Classification Website read more

Ukraine Accession to the Singapore Treaty read more

March 2010


Egypt Arabic Domain Passes ICANN Evaluation read more

Germany Filing of Design Applications Electronically read more

Montenegro Deadline Extended for Montenegro Domain .ME read more

Montenegro Launch of IP Gazette read more

Russian Federation Cyrillic Domain Passes ICANN String Evaluation read more

Spain E-Filing of Trademark Applications read more

Tunisia Trademark Procedures Changed read more

February 2010


Argentina Domain Owners Need to Update Data until March 1st, 2010 read more

Bolivia Substantial Increase of Official Fees read more

Russian Federation Singapore Treaty Enters into Force read more

United Arab Emirates Collection of Trademark Fees Changed read more

United Kingdom Trademark Invalidation Proceedings Changed read more

January 2010


Austria Introduction of Opposition Proceedings and Amendment of Official Fees read more

Slovenia IP Bulletin Issued Monthly Now read more

United Arab Emirates Arabic Domain Passes ICANN String Evaluation read more

United Kingdom Cayman Islands: Increase of Official Fees read more

December 2009


Guatemala Adoption of the 9th Edition of the Nice Classivication read more

Jordan Substantial Increase in Official Fees read more

Libya Classification of Products and Services Amended read more

Liechtenstein Accession to Singapore Treaty read more

Macedonia State Office of Industrial Property Publishes New Fees read more

Russian Federation Priority Registration of Cyrillic Domain Names Started read more

Serbia New Trademark Law in Force  read more

Vietnam Official Fees Increased read more

November 2009


Belarus Trademark Law Amended read more

European Union Trademarks CTM Bulletin Goes Daily read more

Mexico New Online Services of Industrial Property Institute read more

October 2009


Brazil New Official Fees Bring Important Adjustments read more

Germany Postal Address of Trademark Office Changed read more

Portugal Registration Fee No Longer Due read more

Syria Boycott Declaration No Longer Required read more

September 2009


Switzerland Reduction of Official Fees for Electronic Filing Limited read more

August 2009


Indonesia Official Fees for Trademark Matters Revised read more

Spain Official Industrial Property Gazette Published Electronically Daily read more

July 2009


Japan 3D-Shapes Only Non-Traditional Trademarks Registrable Under Japanese Trademark Act read more

Peru Multi-Class Application Now Possible read more

Turkey Shorter Processing Times read more