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WEDNESDAY, 19 JANUARY 2022
Coming soon: WIPO webinar on online tools

The next webinar offered by The Hague Development and Promotion Section is on 26 January.

It will cover “How to make the utmost of the online tools before filing your international application”.

WIPO says the webinar will focus on:

  • the most frequently asked questions
  • a full demo of the Hague System Member Profiles
  • a full demo of the fee calculator
  • a quick overview of the Hague Guide and the Guidance on Reproductions

It adds that familiarity with the use of these tools will help avoid possible issues when filing international design applications.

The webinar starts at 10.00 CET on 26 January and is scheduled to last for one hour. You can register on WIPO’s website here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 08.50
Tags: Hague, WIPO, webinar,
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WEDNESDAY, 12 JANUARY 2022
EUIPO and European Commission launch new SME scheme

SMEs can now make applications to the new EU SME Fund. The fund will make grants of up to €47 million over three years (2022-24) to help SMEs benefit from their trade mark, design and patent rights.

The 2022 application period is open from today until 16 December 2022.

Each SME that applies can save up to €2,250 in trade mark, design and patent application fees as well as IP pre-diagnostic services, which can help companies identify their intellectual property assets.

SMEs can obtain up to €1,500 towards trade mark and design application fees (up to 75% reimbursement for national, regional or EU applications and up to 50% outside the EU) as well as up to 90% reimbursement for IP Scan pre-diagnostic services. For the first time, the fund also offers reimbursement of up to €750 (50%) of patent fees at national level.

The scheme is run through the Ideas Powered for business initiative. It is carried out with national and regional offices in the EU.

In 2021, almost 13,000 SMEs benefited from the fund.

The SME Fund offers financial support to SMEs established in the European Union. The application can be filed by an owner, an employee or an authorised representative of an SME acting on its behalf. Grants are transferred directly to the companies. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis.

EUIPO Executive Director Christian Archambeau said: “SMEs represent 99% of all businesses in the EU, create prosperity and opportunities within local communities and are a source of innovation and creativity. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit SMEs significantly and has shown, more than ever, that we must support them towards recovery. Through this new and expanded phase of the SME Fund, available to all small businesses in Europe, we are committed to helping them secure and reap the benefits of their intellectual property assets.”

Find out more about the fund on the dedicated page on EUIPO’s website.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 15.34
Tags: SME, Ideas Powered for business, EUIPO,
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THURSDAY, 16 DECEMBER 2021
Changes to the Hague System in January 2022

Amendments to the Common Regulations of the Hague System will come into force on 1 January 2022, following their adoption at the 2021 meeting of the Assembly of the Hague Union.

The following will change:

Rule 5 Introduction of a general provision that can excuse a delay in meeting a time limit to perform a required action with WIPO due to a force majeure, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rule 17

Extension of standard publication of an international registration – currently six months from the date of registration – to 12 months. Note: This will apply to all international applications filed on or after 1 January 2022.

Introduction of the possibility to request earlier publication (any time) of an international registration.

Rule 21 Make it easier for a new owner to request the recording of the change in ownership.

More information about these changes is available in Information Notice No 9/2021 on WIPO’s website.

The Rule 17 changes to timing will offer greater flexibility on the timing of publication of international registrations, giving design owners the option to have more time to plan their marketing strategy while keeping designs confidential. The changes are explained further on WIPO’s website here.

Streamlining in Japan

Design owners should also note that, if designating Japan in an international design application, you can now submit a supporting document in the case of exception to lack of novelty and/or a copy of a priority document directly to WIPO through eHague. WIPO will then send these documents to the JPO.

More information on this development is available on WIPO’s website here.

Working Group

Further proposals to develop the Hague System were discussed this week at the Working Group on the Legal Development of the Hague System. Look out for further reports on Class 99 soon!

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 09.10
Tags: Hague System, Common Regulations, WIPO,
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TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2021
Hague System webinars

Readers might be interested in two upcoming webinars, which are part of a series hosted by The Hague Development and Promotion Section of WIPO.

The webinars will include a Q&A session with questions answered by Hague experts.

The details are:

More information, and registration forms, are available by clicking on the links above which go to WIPO’s website.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 16.57
Tags: Hague System, WIPO, webinars,
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WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2021
Global design filing trends revealed

There were an estimated 1.1 million industrial design applications, containing 1.4 million designs, filed worldwide in 2020, according to the recently published WIPO World Intellectual Property Indicators Report. This represents a 2% year-on-year increase.

China’s IP office received applications containing 770,362 designs in 2020 (55.5% of the world total). It was followed by the EUIPO (113,196) and KIPO (70,821), USPTO (50,743) and Turkey (47,653).

Regional trends

Among the top 10 offices, the UK (+9.5%) and China (+8.3%) recorded strong growth in design filing activity in 2020.

Offices located in Asia accounted for 70.9% of all designs in applications filed worldwide in 2020, up from 60.8% in 2010.

Europe’s share declined from 31.5% in 2010 to 22.1% in 2020. The combined share of the rest of the world was 7%.

The total number of industrial design registrations in force worldwide grew by 11% in 2020 to reach around 4.8 million.

The largest number of registrations in force was in China (2.2 million), followed by the United States (371,870), the Republic of Korea (369,526), Japan (263,307) and the EUIPO (251,692).

Types of product

Designs related to furniture and household goods (18.4%) accounted for the largest proportion of global filing activity in 2020; followed by textiles and accessories (14.1%); tools and machines (11.6%); electricity and lighting (9.8%) and construction (8.5%).

The image shows the Report cover. Read more about the Report on WIPO’s website here.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 08.59
Tags: WIPO, WIPI,
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MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2021
UK IPO provides update on design issues

Class 99 readers may be interested in the following update from the UK IPO dated 29 October regarding design rights:

Design journal: We have been experiencing technical issues with the design journal, which has impacted our ability to display images of designs registered in the UK. We have identified a solution, which is currently in progress, which is restoring the images. We expect this work to be completed by the end of November.

DesignView: As a result of the above issue, we have not been able to upload records of designs registered in the UK to DesignView. The solution to the Designs Journal will solve this issue.

DF21 – Request for a search of the UK designs register: As a result of the above issue, we have temporarily suspended our search of the UK designs register service. We cannot give a definitive timescale as to when we will be able to resume our search service. If you have already paid for a DF21, we will process this once the images have been restored to the register.

Missing Designs: We still have some designs missing from the system following the end of the transition period. Work to upload these images should take place at the weekend and we’ll confirm as soon as we can that it has taken place.

The UK IPO apologies for issues experienced and says it will provide further updates as and when it expects the outstanding issues to be resolved.

Thanks to Roland Mallinson, Chair of the Brexit Task Force, for sharing this information.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.56
Tags: UK IPO, DesignView, DF21,
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TUESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2021
DesignEuropa Awards 2021 winners announced

The Relio2 lighting system and the Philips IntelliVue X3 portable health monitor won the Small and Emerging Companies Award and the Industry Award respectively at the DesignEuropa Awards held in Eindhoven today.

The Relio² professional lighting system, created by Italian designer Marco Bozzola, is engineered to emit a light comparable to sunlight by making subtle chromatic variations.

The Philips IntelliVue X3 portable patient monitor, designed by Fabian Benedikter and Ceren Bagatar, allows for continuous monitoring of patients and enables safe and secure movement within hospitals.

The winning designs were chosen from a list of eight finalists.

The DesignEuropa Awards are organised by EUPIO to recognise designs that are protected as RCDs as well as leading figures in design.

As previously announced, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to André Ricard, designer of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics torch.

The Awards were held in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Benelux Office for IP, and coincided with Dutch Design Week.

MARQUES 2nd Vice-Chair Claudia Pappas of Thyssenkrupp attended the ceremony.

More information about the awards is available on EUIPO’s website here. The photo of the winners and VIP guests was shared by EUIPO on Twitter.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 13.41
Tags: DesignEuropa, André Ricard, Eindhoven,
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MARQUES does not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this blog. The views are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of MARQUES. Seek professional advice before action on any information included here.


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