Author Archives: Dr. Dirk Franke

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

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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]

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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]

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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

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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

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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]

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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

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

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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]

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Cambodia: Validation Agreement Enters into Force

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced in a recent press release that the agreement between the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia (KH) and the EPO on the validation of European patents was signed on January 23, 2017. With … Continue reading

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