The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office has just issued on October 22, 2019 the Resolution # 252/2019 consolidating all PPH former resolutions into a single pilot Patent prosecution Highway Project. The resolution will enter into force as from December 1, 2019 and will in practice represent another tool to decrease the patent backlog in Brazil.
US insurance start-up Lemonade has applied to the EUIPO for Deutsche Telekom’s „Magenta“ trademark to be deleted in its entirety. At the same time, it filed request for cancellation with the DPMA concerning the color mark insofar as it is registered for insurance services.
To adapt to the rapid growth of new technology, reflect the innovators’ new demands on the rules and modes of examination, and improve the quality and efficiency of patent examination, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (“CNIPA”) has made amendments on Patent Examination Guidelines (“Guidelines”). The amendments have come into force on 1 November 2019. ... Read More
After the birth year 2013, the Rheydter Schlossgespräche will take place for the 6th time. The event has become firmly established with last year’s move from our office in the old oil mill to the historic Rittersaal of the Castle of Rheydt, the oldest Renaissance castle on the Lower Rhine side.
As recently reported Brazil has joined the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks and its Protocol. The declaration of accession was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil at the end of June 2019 and deposited with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 2, 2019. The Madrid Protocol will enter into ... Read More
Just recently we issued a paper concerning drawbacks of US patent prosecution (see our previous blogs) and now JURISTAT published a new analysis on the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0. In 2013, USPTO enacted the program as an alternative response to a final rejection. The goal of the program was to increase communication between ... Read More
In the legal dispute between the bicycle bag manufacturer ORTLIEB and AMAZON, the German Supreme Court (BGH) has now handed down a landmark decision and Ortlieb has long defended itself against the practice that when customers enter „Ortlieb bicycle bags“, they end up at Amazon, where they are also shown other offers from other manufacturers, ... Read More
Clients have been saying for several years that it would have taken less time and money to obtain a US patent in the past. Now one could say that it is a purely subjective perception and in retrospect „the good old days“ were always better. However, the observation that US examination procedures take longer and ... Read More
At the invitation of Prof. Pascual SEGURA, Professor at the UB Patent Center of the University of Barcelona, Bernd FABRY, CEO of IP2 Patentanwalts GmbH, gave around 80 lawyers and law students an overview of German employee invention law at the „Lunes de Patentes“ event, in particular with regard to employer obligations, inventors compensation and ... Read More