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IP5 pilot project on collaborative search and examination under the PCT

By | 2018-07-22T23:00:00+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

IP5 pilot project on collaborative search and examination under the PCT I. Concept 1. Following the first two pilot projects on collaborative search and examination (CS&E) under the PCT, which were conducted by the European Patent Office (EPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Assessing the SCOTUS term and predicting Kavanaugh’s IP impact

By | 2018-07-14T01:26:54+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

13 July 2018   |   Sanjana Kapila, London Managing IP analyses the three IP decisions out of the US Supreme Court in the term just ended, and previews next term and the impact of Justice Kennedy’s retirement The US Supreme Court ruled on three intellectual property cases this term, all concerning patents. This was

Women in IP Global Network Interview: Gender inequality in Germany

By | 2018-07-12T00:18:39+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

Germany is often viewed as a progressive jurisdiction for women in the workplace. However, there is a 21% gender pay gap in the country and a low proportion of women are in high level positions. The article “Fix the firm or fix the woman” cites research from 2016 which found only 10% of

The list of the representatives of the Member States on the Administrative Council has been updated

By | 2018-07-11T19:13:48+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

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Making the IP ecosystem more efficient and effective: EPO hosts 2018 IP Executive Week

By | 2018-07-09T23:00:00+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

10 July 2018 The EPO this week hosts the fifth edition of the IP Executive Week. The annual event is co-organised with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and brings together delegates from a network of more than 60 IP offices around the world to discuss the latest developments in intellectual property. This year,

EPO launches first-ever reinforced co-operation programme with South Africa

By | 2018-06-28T23:00:00+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

29 June 2018 EPO President Benoît Battistelli and CIPC Commissioner Rory VollerEPO President Benoît Battistelli and the Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa, Rory Voller, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Co-operation at the EPO in The Hague on 27 June. The ambitious co-operation agreement

EPO – Social Report 2017

By | 2018-06-28T23:00:00+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

29 June 2018 The EPO has published its Social Report 2017, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office. First published in 2013, the Social Report aims to increase transparency and build a common understanding of the situation of the EPO staff in all locations of the Office,

Former France.com domain owner loses sign battle at General Court

By | 2018-06-27T00:15:00+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

26 June 2018   |   Patrick Wingrove, London A man who claimed his domain name was “illegally seized” by the French government has also had his France.com sign rejected by the EUIPO after the French government opposed it. Can he defend his other EUIPO-registered marks? The France.com sign cannot be registered as an EU

European Patent Office inaugurates new premises in The Hague

By | 2018-06-26T23:00:00+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Intellectual Property News|

27 June 2018 The European Patent Office (EPO) today inaugurated the new main building on its site in Rijswijk, near The Hague, in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during a ceremony hosted by EPO President Benoît Battistelli. Designed by renowned architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam &