WIPO Non-Working Days in 2017

The International Office WIPO in Geneva has announced the dates on which the Madrid Registry will be closed to the public in 2017:

  • 2 January 2017 New Year

  • 14 April 2017 Easter

  • 17 April 2017

  • 25 May 2017 Ascension

  • 5 June 2017 Whitsun

  • 7 September 2017 Jeune Genevois

  • 25 December 2017 Christmas

  • 29 December 2017 New Year

Source: www.wipo.int

WIPO NEWS: Changes to the amounts of individual fees

According to the latest Information Notices issued by WIPO there will be changes regarding the amounts of the individual fees in the countries mentioned below. The new amounts will apply for international applications, subsequent designations and applications‘ renewals.

The concerned contracting parties of the Madrid Protocol are as follows:

  • United Kingdom (as from 10.12.2016):

→ Application or subsequent designation: 227 CHF for one class of goods and services, 63 CHF for each additional class;

→ Renewal: 252 CHF for one class, 63 CHF for each additional class.

  • United States of America (starting on 14.01.2017):

→ Application and subsequent designation: 388 CHF for each class of goods and services;

→ Renewal: 291 CHF for each class of goods and services.

  • Japan (14.12.2016)

→ Application or subsequent designation: (First part) 108 CHF for one class, 82 CHF for each additional class of goods and services; (Second part) 269 CHF for each class.

→ Renewal: 371 CHF for each class of goods and services.

Source: www.wipo.int

Change of the Individual Fee in Mexico

According to the new WIPO Information Office No. 27/2016 the new amount of the individual fees payable when Mexico is designated in an international applications are (in Swiss francs):

– 149 CHF → Applications or subsequent designations (for each class of goods and services);

– 160 CHF → Renewals (for each class of goods and services).

www.wipo.int

New Edition of the Nice Classification

As from the 1st January 2017 a new edition of the Nice Classification (International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks), the 11th, will enter into force. There will be a number of changes, anyway WIPO will not reclassify, in accordance with the new edition, the list of goods and services of an international registration subject, after 31.12.2016, of a renewal, subsequent designation or any other change affecting the list.

For more information :

http://www.wipo.int

EUIPO News

Starting with the 24.10.2016 Philippines has joined TMClass (an online consultation tool which allows users to search trade marks registered in the EU or in the other participating offices), bringing the number of national and regional Intellectual Property Offices in the tool to 62.

https://euipo.europa.eu/

Easter Holiday

We inform that on the 25th March (Good Friday) 2016 and on the 28th March 2016 (Easter Monday) the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trademark Office will be closed.

Wir informieren dass am 25. März 2016 (Karfreitag) und am 28. März 2016 (Ostermontag) das Europäische Patentamt sowie das Deutsche Paten- und Markenamt geschlossen sein werden.

Our office will also be closed – unsere Kanzlei ist ebenfalls geschlossen.

Harmonisierungsamt für den Binnenmarkt erhält neuen Namen.

Ab 23.03.2016 führt das bisherige Harmonisierungsamt für den Binnenmarkt einen neuen Namen, nämlich Amt der Europäischen Union für geistiges Eigentum (EUIPO). Die Namensänderungen und weitere wichtige Änderungen hinsichtlich Gebühren und Verfahren ergehen aufgrundder Verordnung (EU)  2015/2424 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates zur Änderung der Gemeinschaftsmarkenverordnung welche im Amtsblatt der Europäischen Union veröffentlicht wurde und die am 23. März 2016 in Kraft treten wird. Ab diesem Datum wird auch die Gemeinschaftsmarke als Unionsmarke bezeichnet werden.

Ab dem 23. März wird die Internetadresse des Amtes www.euipo.europa.eu lauten.