BREXIT 2020: Impact on Intellectual Property in Europe

The UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 but under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK and the EU this will commence a transition period until at least 31 December 2020. There will be no legal effect of Brexit on statutory IP rights until the end of the transition period. Whilst for some purposes the UK will be outside the EU during the transition period, all EU IP law will continue to cover the UK in the same way that it does now, with... Read more

The implications of Brexit regarding the relationships in the intellectual property field

British Prime Minister Theresa May declared that the Brexit negotiation process will begin by trigering article 50 which means that in 2019 the UK will leave the EU. She has also announced a bill that will incorporate EU legislation into British law which is reassuring for IP owners and IP Law firms but it does not cover the subject of what will happen to existing or new trademark applications after the Brexit. Duncan Ribbons, partner at Redd Solicitors, states that although a good idea, encapsulating EU legislation into British law... Read more

OHIM becomes EUIPO

EU Intellectual Property Office, the new name for the EU’s largest intellectual property agency. The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) is to be renamed the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) under new EU legislation published on 24.12.2015 As from 23.3.2016, which will be 90 days after the legislation came into force, OHIM will be known as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), while the Community trade mark will be renamed the European Union trade mark. On that date all existing CTMs and CTM applications will automatically become European Union trade marks and... Read more

Why choose an IP agency for registering your trademark in Romania

In the trademark registration procedure at the Romanian Patent and Trademark Office (OSIM),  it is recommended that the applicant consults with an authorized industrial property counsel which, based on the current or future activity of the applicant, will choose the proper classes of products and services in which to file the trademark application. In addition, the counsel will inform the applicant of the chances of success for obtaining the protection from the perspective of the absolute rejection reasons, and will make him aware of the relative rejection reasons (the identical or similar previously registered trademarks, as their... Read more

The Functions of a Trademark

Many of us probably know more or less what a trademark is, but do we also know its numerous functions, its role and importance for a company or the end-user? Here's a list of the main functions of a trademark, which might help those who are thinking about starting their own business, and implicitly, to their first trademark related to the products or services they will provide.   1. THE TRADEMARK AS AN IDENTIFIER  OF THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES A trademark allows the consumers to identify a product from the... Read more

Unified Patent Court Ratification Progress

Currently, national courts and authorities of the contracting states of the European Patent Convention are competent to decide on the infringement and validity of European patents. In practice, this gives rise to a number of difficulties when a patent proprietor wishes to enforce a European patent - or when a third party seeks the revocation of a European patent - in several countries: high costs, risk of diverging decisions and lack of legal certainty. Forum shopping is also inevitable as parties seek to take advantage of differences in national courts'... Read more

Heads of IP5 offices agree to focus on improving services to users and the public

The heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices (IP5), meeting today in Suzhou, China, pledged to step up their co-operation in order to further optimise their services to users and the public. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), with the participation of Mr. Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Mr. Kihara Yoshitake, Deputy Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Mr. Choi Donggyou, Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property... Read more

Romanian inventor wins gold medal at Geneva

Romanian engineer from Deva Corneliu Birtok Baneasa won the gold medal of the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and the special mentions of the delegations of Iran and of the Republic of Moldova, for his “Good Fill” system to fill the cars with windshield washer fluid in the gas station. ‘The international jury appreciated the environmental impact of giving up PET plastic canisters currently used for windshield washer fluids. Many drivers throw away these plastic containers and do not recycle them, thus contributing to pollution,’ the engineer told Agerpres.... Read more

Romania signs the new treaty on intellectual property in Geneva

On 21 May 2015 Romania signed, through the Permanent Representative in Geneva, "the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appelations of Origin and Geographical Indications", a new treaty on intellectual property that guarantees protection to products that are commercialized internationally and that are famous for their qualities, specific to the geographic area of ​​origin. The new instrument responds to the need to modernize and improve the quality of services offered to beneficiaries of the protection of geographical indications and will improve the promotion of products protected by geographical indications... Read more