New edition of the WIPO’s Classification Guidelines has been published
New edition of the WIPO’s Classification Guidelines which relates to the classification of goods and services in international applications has been published. As a rule, such applications are submitted according to the procedure of the Madrid system. The new Guidelines discloses current principles of the examination, which are successfully used by Madrid Registry examiners. Also, the Guidelines contains additional recommendations related to the preparation of the list of goods and services.
The new Guidelines includes three sections. Section 1 discloses an overview of the Madrid System as well as the International Classification of Goods and Services, better known as Nice Classification. Section 2 and 3 disclose the basic principles of classification.
Changes in the cost of the official patent fees in Georgia
Changes in the cost of the official fees for actions relating to patents’ registration and maintenance for inventions and utility models have been introduced in Georgia. The amendments entered into force on June 12, 2018 in accordance with Resolution №328 of the Government of Georgia.
Mainly these changes relate to the cost of the official fees for maintaining a patent for pharmaceutical solution or plant variety in force for 21-26 years. Before introducing changes, the maintenance of such a patent in force from the 21st year was $100 for one year. Since June 12, the cost will be from $600 to $1100. It depends on the year for which this fee is paid.
As a result of the adoption of the Resolution, the following changes have been also introduced: cancellation of the official fee for claiming priority for a patent for invention or utility model; 20% discount for the electronic filing of applications for registration of all intellectual property objects and for issuing the registration documents in electronic form.
IP Trend Eurasia took part in the 140th INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle.
Irina Semchenko, the Head and Founder of IP Trend Eurasia, took part in the 140th Annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) in Seattle, USA, from 19 to 23 May, 2018.
This year more than 10 000 professionals in the intellectual property sphere attended this event. The participation in the biggest trademark conference has opened a wide opportunity to attend various educational seminars, round tables, exhibitions, companies receptions and informal meetings, as well as to share professional knowledge and experience with current and potential clients and partners from more than 150 countries.
If you have any questions or need any assistance regarding the IP protection in Ukraine, Russia, Eurasia or any other jurisdictions, please free to contact us.
Ukrainian Institute of Intellectual Property (Ukrpatent) has published the indicators of joint activity with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade in the first quarter of 2018.
According to the data published on the website of Ukrpatent, the index of activity for filing applications for all industrial property objects in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 14% compared to the previous year.
Foreign applicants make up a significant percentage of filed applications for inventions. According to Ukrpatent, the number of applications filed by the foreign applicants increased by 11.3%. The leaders are applicants from the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Denmark and China. The most popular areas are “Medications”, “Biotechnology”, “Organic Chemistry”, “Chemical Raw Materials”. In total, 700 decisions to issue patents for inventions have been taken in the first quarter of 2018.
Ukrpatent notes the high activity of national applicants regarding the number of filed applications for utility models in due to which the indicator increased by 13%. In total, 2,243 decisions to issue patents for utility models have been taken in the first quarter of 2018.
The number of trademark applications increased by 11%, which is characterized by the high activity of both national and foreign applicants. Among the submitted applications under the national procedure, the leading positions are taken by applicants from the United States, Cyprus, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Applicants from China, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, the United States and the Russian Federation constitute the majority among those applying for the Madrid system trademarks. Priority areas for both national and foreign applicants remain “Pharmaceuticals, health, cosmetics”, “Agricultural products and services”, “Management, communications, real estate and financial transactions.” In total, 4,222 decisions to issue trademark certificates have been taken in the first quarter of 2018.
Having analyzed the data published by Ukrpatent, we are pleased to note the positive trends in the number of applications filed and overall IP activity in Ukraine. If you need professional IP assistance in the patent or trademark registration in Ukraine, please feel free to contact us.
The accelerated procedure of examining applications for the registration of trademarks, inventions and utility models was approved in Russia.
According to Rospatent the accelerated procedure of examining applications for the registration of trademarks, inventions and utility models was approved. Thus, it will shorten the term for making decisions on issuance and registration of trademarks, as well as on granting patents up to 2 months.
For the accelerated registration of trademarks, the applicant can order an accelerated search for trademarks in the Patent Office. Such a search is carried out using the automated system “Trademarks of the Russian Federation” for 45 classes of the ICGS. This search is carried out within 10 calendar days. The fee for conducting such a search is 94,400 rubles.
For the accelerated registration of patents, the applicant can order an accelerated search for inventions and utility models. The search is performed using foreign commercial databases patent information, including Questel Platinum, Derwent Innovation – Clarivate Analytics и LexisNexis Patent Strategies. This search is carried out within 10 calendar days. The fee for conducting such a search is 94,400 rubles.
The company “IP Trend Eurasia” is pleased to provide you with services for registration of trademarks, inventions and utility models in Russia, both in conventional and accelerated procedure. If you want to order this service or ask any questions you are interested in, you can contact us in any convenient way for you. The specialists of our company will be glad to help you!
Changes in Ukrainian legislation will improve the legal protection of geographical indications
On the 13th of March, at the meeting of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the government bill No. 6023 “On Amending certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine regarding the improvement of the Legal Protection of Geographical Indications” have been taken as a basis for future harmonization of current Ukraininan legislation on the protection of rights to geographical indications with the law of the European Union.
The term “geographical indication” is defined as the name of the place identifying the product that originates from a particular geographical location and has a particular quality, reputation or other characteristics due to the place of origin and at least one of its production stages is carried out in a certain geographical area.
The main provisions of mentioned above document concern the conditions for granting legal protection to a geographical indication and reasons for refusal of granting it.
The requirements for the application for registration were also revised, as well as some changes were provided for the examination of such applications.
It`s also noted that the goods for which geographical indication is claimed must comply with the specification of the goods agreed by the specially authorized body.
IP TREND EURASIA will attend the INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle on May 19-23, 2018
We are pleased to announce that Irina Semchenko, Head of Intellectual Property, will be attending the INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle on May 19-23, 2018.
If you wish to arrange a meeting with her during the event to discuss the IP registration issues in the Eurasian territories, our high-quality and cost-effective patent translation services, as well as opportunities and benefits for national and international clients worldwide, please send your meeting proposal to email@example.com.
INTA is a not-for-profit membership association of more than 7,000 trademark owners and professionals, from more than 190 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce . For more information about INTA, please follow the link: https://inta.org.
Ratification of the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs by the Russian Federation
On November 30, 2017 the Russian Federation finally ratified the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. It will enter into force in the Russian Federation on February 28, 2018 and will enable interested parties to obtain design protection with a single international design application in all countries that are members of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, with the Russian Federation included.