Author Archives: Dr. Dirk Franke

EUIPO: Discrimination of Applicants and Proprietors Based on Their Place of Business or Nationality

In the case of a requested registration of a change of ownership of a registered EU trademark we noted that the European Union Intellectual Property Organisation (EUIPO) is now apparently discriminating customers in the proceedings based on the place of … Continue reading

Posted in European Law, Trademark Law | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

GPTO: Increase of Official Fees on May 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022

The German Patent and Trademark Office (GPTO) will increase on May 1, 2022 and July 1, 2022, respectively, the annuity fees for patents and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs). Annuity fees can be paid one year in advance at the GPTO. … Continue reading

Posted in German law, Patent Law | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022! Foto: © Pedro, [CC BY 2.0]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021! Foto: © Heather Cowper, [CC BY 2.0]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

BREXIT: Implications for EU Trademarks and EU Designs

The United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020 and is now in a transition period, wherein registered EU trademarks (EUTMs) and registered EU designs (RCDs) remain in force in the UK. However, the transition … Continue reading

Posted in Design Law, European Law, International Law, Trademark Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Corona: Closures and Extensions of Time Limits at Patent and Trademark Offices

In the following table, closures and extensions of time limits at the most important patent and trademark offices are summarized (as of April 21, 2020): Country Two letter code Status Notification Canada CA Extension of time limits until May 1, … Continue reading

Posted in Design Law, European Law, German law, International Law, Trademark Law | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020! Foto: © Jason Mrachina, [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

German Patent and Trade Mark Office: The German Trade Mark Law Modernization Act (MaMoG) took effect on January 14, 2019

The German Trade Mark Law Modernization Act (MaMoG) took effect on January 14, 2019. This law implements the 2015 EU Trade Mark Directive in Germany. This has the following practical implications for those applying for German trade marks. 1. Introduction … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019! Foto: © Jason Mrachina, [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018! Foto: © Erwin Schoonderwaldt, [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!