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2013-11-26

2013-11-26 - OHIM Update: Where a CTM application or application for a registered Community Design contains a representation of the mark which is in colour or contains colour, the original document with the representation of the mark or the design shall be kept on file indefinitely; all other original documents filed and which form the basis of the electronic file shall be disposed of five years after the Office receives them. Revokes Communication No. 8/99 dated 8 November 1999

2013-11-26 - OHIM Update: Decision of refusal for CTM applications based on absolute grounds shall be made publically available in the Office case-law database; the database is accessible free of charge

2013-11-26 - OHIM Update: The Office has developed a hierarchical structure of goods and services for classification of goods and services referred to as taxonomy.

2013-11-15

2013-11-15 - OHIM Update: Any time limits expiring between 8 November 2013 and 18 November 2013 for parties residing in, or have a registered office within the territory of the countries affected by Typhoon Haiyan, in particular Philippines and Vietnam are extended until 18 December 2013

2013-11-08

2013-11-08 - WIPO Update: change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Columbia

2013-11-07

2013-11-07 - WIPO Update: change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: India

2013-11-07 - WIPO Update: change in the Amounts of the Individual Fee: Switzerland

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Brexit – its impact on Trade Marks and Designs in the UK...

This week is a historic week in which Article 50 is triggered signaling the UK’s exit from the EU.

Before we go any further, let’s be clear about one thing: despite some of the comments coming from certain
firms in some other member states, nothing at all will happen for at least 2 years. Nevertheless, we recognize
that our clients want to know what the future holds after Brexit. This is what we know, and can guess, at the
moment.

Laos became a Member of the Madrid Protocol as of 7 March 2016.

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry are currently in discussions to make significant changes to the way in which Trade Mark filings are handled and current proposals indicate that official fees are likely to increase by 100%.  Details as to when this will take effect have not yet been finalised but notification confirming the same is expected soon.

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EU Commission Draft Withdrawal Agreement sets out Proposal for Treatment of EU IP Rights in the UK post-Brexit

On 28 February 2018, the EU Commission published its first draft proposal[1] as to the terms of withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, outlining how existing EU trade marks and designs will be treated vis-a-vis the UK following Brexit.

Although this is a draft document that is yet to be ratified by the UK government or UK Intellectual Property Office, it clearly sets out the EU's preferred stance as to the treatment of IP rights. It will now be sent to the EU parliament Brexit Group before then being transmitted to the UK government and bodies.

UK Court Seeks Guidance from CJEU on Issues of Broad Lists of Goods/Services and Intent to Use on Filing and Impact on Validity of Trade Marks

The UK High Court recently referred some key questions to the CJEU in a trade mark infringement action brought by Sky Plc[1], the answers to which could have a significant impact on the future filing strategies of brand owners in the EU and UK.

Mr Justice Arnold, acknowledging the 'general public importance' of the issues raised in this case, referred the following questions to the European Court for guidance, firstly on the issue of the clarity of broad terms in goods/services contained in a trade mark registration.

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