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Portugal Ratifies UPC

Portugal has become the 8th country to deposit it’s instrument of ratification of the UPC. Read more...

  • 7 Aug 2015

UAE trade mark application costs set to double from 29 May 2015

UAE trade mark application costs set to double. The UAE is already a notoriously expensive country in which to pursue protection and it has now been brought to our attention that the Government of the UAE plans to increase official fees associated with IP protection from 29 May 2015 onwards. For trade mark protection, this will mean a 100% increase. Read more...

  • 21 Apr 2015

OAPI Joins Madrid Protocol System

The number of countries now party to the Madrid Protocol system for the protection of trade marks internationally breaks the 100 mark! The OAPI became the 93rd Member and will accede to the Protocol on 5th March 2015. Read more...

  • 11 Feb 2015

Filing a Community design application at a national patent office when the deadline falls on a non-working day

A Community design application can be filed with a valid priority claim at a national Patent Office, when the deadline falls on a closed day at said national Patent Office. Read more...

  • 11 Feb 2015

Validation of European Patents in Morocco

The EPO has announced that from 1 March 2015 it will be possible to validate European patents in Morocco, bringing the potential country coverage of a European patent to 41 countries. Read more...

  • 2 Feb 2015

Israel signs up for fast-track patent examination with the EPO

A Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme has just been signed between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Israel Patent Office allowing accelerated treatment of patent applications between these offices. Read more...

  • 8 Dec 2014

UPC - Rules of Procedure Finalised

Yesterday saw another step forward for the UPC with the publication of the final Rules of Procedure. Read more...

  • By Harvey Adams