Category Archives: International Law

Andorra: New Patent Law and Possible Validation Agreement With EPO

Andorra is currently negotiating an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for the validation of European patents in this country, as well as to become a member state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Both agreements may enter into … Continue reading

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Brexit: Impact on European Patents, Trademarks and Designs

On June 23, 2016, a referendum will be held in Britain to decide whether or not Britain should leave or remain in the European Union (EU). In the event of a majority voting for a “leave” (“Brexit“, a portmanteau combining … Continue reading

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OHIM: New Office Name and EU Trade Mark Regulation

The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Marke (OHIM) announced in a recent press release that the Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council (EU trade mark regulation) dated December 16, 2015 will enter into force … Continue reading

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Filing a Trademark Application in Canada: Characteristics of the Canadian Trademark Law

The registration process of a trademark in Canada is in some ways extraodinary when compared to the registration practices in other countries. The most important characteristics of the Canadian trademark registration process are summarized below. 1. No Madrid Protocol Canada … Continue reading

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Greece: Implications of the Capital Controls and the Referendum for the Proprietors of IP Rights in Greece

On 28 June, the Greek Government imposed capital controls in the latest development in the country’s financial crisis. The capital controls will considerably restrict the flow of capital within the Greek banking sector and will be maintained at least until July … Continue reading

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The Struggles of Roma in Kosovo

In December 2014, local residents of Llaushë/Lauša village, in the city of Skenderaj in northern Kosovo, approached the Department of Forensic Medicine and reported a possible mass grave in the village cemetery. Four bodies had been buried there in the … Continue reading

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Rubik’s Cube Confirmed as a 3D Trademark in Europe

Invented in the 1970s, the Rubik’s Cube fascinates people around the globe and is one of the world’s best-selling toys. While many fans found the magic cube a hard nut to crack, a German toy manufacturer has challenged the registered … Continue reading

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Priority Documents: Formalities and Time Limits in Germany and Europe

Many applicants of patents, trademarks or designs in Europe or Germany have questions concerning the formalities and time limits for having the priority claim of a previously filed application confirmed. The formalities and time limits for submitting either a priority document … Continue reading

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WIPO MM1 Form: Any Use for this Form?

What is the WIPO MM1 form recommended by WIPO for  filing international trademark applications under the Madrid Agreement? The information sheet of the WIPO website states the the WIPO MM1 form must be used for international trademark registrations which are … Continue reading

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International Trademark Registration

The Madrid System of international trademark registration is a multinational system for simplifying the administrative procedures of extending trademark protection from one originating country to a number of foreign countries. Its legal basis is the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International … Continue reading

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