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European Patent application: annual results 2014

Last week, EPO (European Patent Office) has published its annual report 2014 where the latest trends on patents activity are presented.

2014 has been a very positive year for the EPO. Besides the increase in filings, EPO have been certified ISO 9001 being the first office among the IP5 (the five biggest offices in the world) to obtain this certification for the whole granting process.

Before digging into numbers and analyzing deeply the applications trend (we will do it in another post), we would like to present the data provided through the following EPO’s short video on annual report 2014

As we could see, good news is that total European Patent filings in 2014 have grown steadily from the past 5 years (i.e considering the period 2010-2014), with an increase of 3,1% in 2014 reaching the record number of 274.174 patent filing.  (more…)

2019-04-19T06:20:09+00:00Categories: Patents, Press release|Tags: , , |

United States and Japan join the Hague System

On 13 February, the adhesion of United States and Japan to the Hague system for the international registration of industrial designs administered by WIPO has been made official.

From now on, the designers of these two major economies may protect and promote their two and three dimensional creations throughout much of the world from a single application by using this international treaty.

These adhesions expand the geographic scope for the protection of industrial designs, increasing to 64 the number of countries members of the Hague System. We show below the full list of countries:

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Approved the draft bill of new Spanish patent law

The Council of Ministers approved last Friday 14th of November 2014 the submission to the Courts of the new patent law’s draft bill, thereby connecting the clock for its launch. The reform aims to ensure the quality and reliability of Spanish Patents and update the current regulations in force since 1986. 

This major reform intend to adapt the Spanish legal framework in patents field to the reality of Spain of XXI century.

We are going to discuss and briefly analyze which modalities are affected by the reform and how this change in the Spanish patents law affects the situation. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Patents

  • The draft bill of patent law simplifies the granting process and requires to pass a preliminary examination, through which is going to disappear the granting of weak patents. Thereby, patents that are finally granted shall demonstrate that they are new, involve an inventive step and have industrial application.
  • The protection of innovation is encouraged by SMEs and entrepreneurs with the decrease of official rates’ cost. 

Draft bill of new Patent Law: Utility Models

  • The law also strengthens utility models, since international novelty will be required.
  • Its scope of application is extended to chemicals.
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2019-04-19T06:20:15+00:00Categories: Patents, Press release|Tags: , , |

Cyprus joins DesignView

After the recent incorporations to the trademarks finder TMView (Tunisia joined last October 20th) and to the trademarks classification tool TMClass (Iceland and Montenegro), OHIM has announced that Cyprus joins DesignView.

Since last November 10th, the Department of Companies Registration and Official Receiver (DRCOR) which is part of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus has made available the data of their designs in the search DesignView.

The union of Cyprus to the search tool is a further confirmation of the signal of adjustment of industrial property in today’s modern economy, mainly characterized by strong globalization.

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2014-11-18T10:43:02+00:00Categories: Industrial Designs, Press release|Tags: , , |