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2012-12-20

2012-12-20 - OHIM Update: Any time limits expiring on 21 December 2012 are extended until 2 January 2013 due to disruption to electronic communication such as e-business and fax at the Office.

2012-12-20 - WIPO Update: Entry into force of the tenth edition of the Nice Classification

2012-12-19

2012-12-19 - OHIM Update: The official holidays on which the office will not be open for the receipt of documents shall be: 1 January 2013, 19 March 2013, 29 March 2013, 1 April 2013, 11 April 2013, 1 May 2013, 9 May 2013, 20 May 2013, 24 June 2013, 15 August 2013, 1 November 2013, 6 December 2013; and 24 December – 31 December 2013. All deadlines are extended to the next working day, on which the Office is open.

2012-12-18

2012-12-18 - OHIM Update: On 1 January 2013, the 10th edition of the Nice Classification, version 2013 will enter into force.

2012-12-12

2012-12-12 - OHIM Update: On 1 July 2013, the European Union will be enlarged to include Croatia. CTMs and CDs will automatically extend to Croatia.

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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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