UK Referendum & EPO

UK Referendum
According to a statement of president Battistelli, published earlier today, “The Office underlines that the outcome of the referendum has no consequence on the membership of the UK to the European Patent Organisation, nor on the effect of the European Patents in the UK. Concerning the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, the Office expects that the UK and the participating Member States will find a solution as soon as possible which will allow a full implementation of these so-long awaited achievements.”
As it is obvious there will be no immediate changes to the European Patents and their effect, but the position of the UK in respect to the other Member States will have to be redefined in the following time period.

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F. Marouli wins “Excellence in Trademark Law – Greece” award

We are really proud of winning a trophy in the “LEGAL AWARDS 2015”.

    F. Marouli has been awarded with the “Excellence in Trademark Law” in Greece award. Sponsored by both the International Association of Lawyers and Swissport, the 2015 Legal Awards award program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths over the past calendar year.

All winners of the 2015 Legal Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by experienced professionals. This ensures that only the most deserving firms and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades and gain a place in the relevant awards winners’ guide, which is distributed to over 500,000 legal professionals and is available in all of Swissport’s Aspire airport lounges worldwide.

All of Corporate LiveWire Awards programs represent the pinnacle of business achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is truly an achievement to be proud of.

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Serbia joins TMview

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As of 06 July 2015, the Serbian Intellectual Property Office (IPORS) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of IPORS is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by OHIM in collaboration with its international partners. This latest extension brings the total number of offices participating in TMview to 39 and with the addition of almost 46,000 trade marks from Serbia, TMview now provides information and access to more than 27.8 million trade marks in total.
Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 14 million searches from 144 different countries, with users from Spain, Germany and Italy among the most frequent visitors.

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PCT filings reach a new peak in 2014

In 2014, the use of the PCT continued to grow, with approximately 215,000 PCT applications filed. This represents a 4.5% increase over 2013. It is important to note that this total, as well as the figures which follow, are provisional, due to the fact that not all PCT applications that were filed with national and regional Offices in 2014 have been received at the International Bureau, and the final figures will only be available later in the year.
The top 10 PCT filing countries in 2014 were the same as in 2013, with the United States of America (with 28.6% of all filings), Japan (19.7%) and China (11.9%) continuing to hold the top three places. Applicants from the member States of the European Patent Convention, when grouped together, filed 27.2% of all international applications. The total for each country in the top 10, followed by that country’s percentage share of all filings, were as follows:

    1. United States of America 61,492 28.6%
    2. Japan 42,459 19.7%
    3. China 25,539 11.9%
    4. Germany 18,008 8.4%
    5. Republic of Korea 13,151 6.1%
    6. France 8,319 3.9%
    7. United Kingdom 5,282 2.5%
    8. Netherlands 4,218 2.0%
    9. Switzerland 4,115 1.9%
    10. Sweden 3,925 1.8%

Among the top 10 countries, China was the only one to see double-digit growth in PCT filings in 2014, with an increase of 18.7%. The United Kingdom recorded the second fastest growth (+9%), followed by the United States of America(+7.1%). Greece was rather low in the ranking with an estimation of 133 PCT applications, recording a growth of 20% in respect to 2013.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (CN) was the top PCT user, with 3,442 PCT applications published in 2014, Qualcomm Incorporated (US) was second with 2,409, followed by ZTE Corporation (CN) with 2,179. The top ten applicants are listed below, with the number of PCT applications that were published in their names in 2014:

    1. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd (CN) 3,442
    2. Qualcomm Incorporated (US) 2,409
    3. ZTE Corporation (CN) 2,179
    4. Panasonic Corporation (JP) 1,682
    5. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (JP) 1,593
    6. Intel Corporation (US) 1,539
    7. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (SE) 1,512
    8. Microsoft Corporation (US) 1,460
    9. Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (DE) 1,399
    10. Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NL) 1,391

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd (CN) also saw the largest growth in filings, with 1,332 more applications published than in 2013 (an increase of 63.1%), Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited (CN) saw the second largest growth with 727 more (202.5% increase), followed by Microsoft Corporation (US) with 652 more (80.7%increase).

As far as PCT filings by field of technology are concerned, computer technology, with 17,653 published PCT applications, accounted for the largest share of PCT applications with 8.4% of the total, followed by digital communication (16,165) and electronic machinery, apparatus, energy (15,220). Amongst the top 10 fields, computer technology saw the fastest growth (+19.4%), followed by medical technology (+17.1%) and digital communication (+14.5%).

You can see all the above in a nice infographic, provided by WIPO, here: PCT filings 2014

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Turkey joins Designview

As of 16 March 2015, the Turkish TPI has made its design data available to the DesignView search tool.

The integration of the TTPI is a concrete result of the Cooperation Fund Programme managed by OHIM, in collaboration with its European partners.

This last extension brings the total number of offices participating in DesignView to 27. Besides Turkey these are: Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Benelux, Czech Republic, Estonia, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Cyprus, Denmark and the OHIM. The total number of countries on-board also includes incorporations of non-EU offices: South Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Norway and Russia.

Since the introduction of DesignView in November 2012, the tool has served more than 834.000 searches from 135 different countries, with users from Germany, Spain, the UK and France among the most frequent visitors.

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Hungary joins DesignView

The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) has joined Designview, the registered designs search tool.

DesignView is the largest online search tool for registered designs available.

With the addition of HIPO, there are now 27 participating offices in DesignView. The addition of 13,000 Hungarian designs means there are now more than 3.65 million designs in the tool.

Since its introduction on 19 November 2012, the tool has served more than 800.000 searches from 135 different countries, with users from Spain, Germany and the UK among the most frequent visitors

The Hungarian Office has also implemented the Common Examiner Support Tool (CESTO), which provides a harmonised search of key databases to support examiners.

The two implementations are as a result of cooperation and joint work between OHIM’s Cooperation Fund teams and IP experts at HIPO.

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PPH pilot programmes with Canada, Mexico and Singapore

EPO will launch PPH pilot programmes with Canada, Mexico and Singapore

  • New pilot programmes to start in 2015
  • Aimed at faster processing of patent applications
  • Offices can exploit each other’s work
  • EPO President Battistelli: “Innovating companies from these regions will benefit from faster and easier access to patent protection”
  • In an effort to boost innovation and trade, the EPO has signed Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Canada, Mexico and Singapore to launch accelerated treatment of patent applications, starting in January 2015.

    The bilateral agreements were signed in Geneva at the side lines of the World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and the heads of the three patent offices.

    The pilot programmes will leverage fast-track patent examination procedures in order to enable innovators from these regions to obtain patents faster and more efficiently.

    Under the programme, patent applicants whose claims have been found to be patentable by either the EPO or these offices may ask for accelerated processing of their corresponding applications that are pending before the other office. The offices also agreed to refer to and share already existing work results as much as possible in such cases. This is expected to speed up the process and reduce costs for applicants.

    “These agreements promote our joint efforts to increase the use of patents and improve conditions for innovation,” said EPO President Battistelli. “Through this agreement European companies will strongly benefit from simplified access to patent protection in these three dynamic regions. This also means that patent applicants from Europe will now benefit from similar conditions in these markets as their counterparts from US or Japan. At the same time, for Canadian, Mexican and Singaporean innovators, the agreement opens an efficient route to high-quality patent protection in Europe,” he said.

    Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) Sylvain Laporte said: “This is a key development for Canada and, in particular, Canadian businesses and innovators, who have strongly expressed their need for a more coordinated global approach to patent examinations. We are pleased to be partnering with the EPO, as Europe is an important trading region for Canadian companies. This is also another demonstration of the Canadian government’s efforts to reduce administrative burden on Canadian business.”

    Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property of the United Mexican States (IMPI), said: “This Pilot Programme not only updates the close relationship of cooperation between the Institute and EPO, but it also serves to improve the examination processes of every office, benefiting companies operating in both regions. As the world becomes more globalized, speeding up the granting of patents will undoubtedly increase business opportunities and access to markets in Europe and Mexico. ” He added: “The PPH has been a successful and functional tool for users of the patent system in Mexico and its use has contributed to IMPI’s positioning as a modern institution in line with international trends in the field of industrial property”.

    Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) Tan Yih San said: “EPO and IPOS are strong advocates for creativity and innovation, and this agreement is testimony to the commitment by both IP offices to help businesses invest and build a competitive edge with their IP. This collaboration is also a strong endorsement of the patent quality of both regions. We look forward to working closely with the EPO to better serve the needs of innovators in Singapore, the ASEAN region, and in Europe.”

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    Office closure on 15/08/2014

    05.08.14

    Our firm’s offices will be closed on Friday, August 15 2014 for the Assumption.

    Your e-mails and faxes will be regularly received and will be answered when our offices re-open on Monday, August 18 2014.

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    European Inventor Award 2015 nomination

    EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE: Call for European Inventor Award 2015 nomination

    • Nominations can be submitted for the categories of “Lifetime Achievement”, “SMEs”, “Industry”, “Research” and “Non-European Countries”
    • The European Patent Office presents yearly awards to inventors for exceptional innovations
    • The tenth edition of the Award ceremony will take place on 11 June 2015 in Paris
    • EPA President Benoît Battistelli: “Innovations are the key to growth and prosperity in Europe”

    The award ceremony for next year’s Inventor Award will take place in Paris on 11 June 2015. Once again, the ceremony will be preceded by an intensive selection process. The award is therefore now open for entries from any member of the public with an interest in nominating an inventor or invention of their choice. Besides the general public, the EPO also calls on its more than 4,000 patent examiners to enter groundbreaking inventions from their technological area. Examiners at the national patent offices of the 38 member states of the EPO are likewise invited to join in and put forward outstanding inventors.

    When a nomination is submitted, the comprehensive selection process which follows relies on the legal and technical analysis by the EPO experts and on the final selection by an international jury that evaluates innovations not only on their technological originality but mainly on their economic and social impact. From all the submissions, the jury nominates a shortlist of 15 inventors in the five award categories. The final winners of the awards are revealed during a ceremonial gala in Paris.

    “Innovations are the key for Europe, for securing future economic growth and prosperity,” said EPA President Benoît Battistelli, stressing the enormous importance of inventions and patents. “The presentation of the European Inventor Award is our tribute to the outstanding researchers and scientists who make what we generally call ‘progress’ possible in the first place. I would like to extend an invitation to the public to now submit your nominations for 2015.”

    About the European Inventor Award
    The European Inventor Award is the most important award for technical innovations in Europe. Launched in 2006, it is awarded annually by the European Patent Office (EPO). It gives recognition to inventors or teams making contributions to the development of technical solutions to the biggest challenges of our age and, thereby, contributing to the economic and social development. A jury of international authorities in the applicable fields examines the extent to which these inventors make a contribution to social progress, the creation of jobs and to prosperity.

    About the EPO
    With 7,000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest European public sector organisations. It has its headquarters in Munich and also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Den Haag and Vienna. The EPO was established to promote co-operation between the countries of Europe on patents. The EPO has centralised patent granting procedures to enable inventors to obtain single patents covering up to 38 EPO member states. In addition, the EPO is also the world’s leading authority in terms of patent information and patent research.
    You will find the link to the nominations page for the European Inventor Award 2015 here.
    Contact:
    Oswald Schröder
    Spokesperson
    Tel.: +49 89 23991800
    Mobile: +49 (0)163 8399668
    oschroeder@epo.org

    Rainer Osterwalder
    Deputy Spokesperson
    Tel: +49 89 23991820
    Mobile: +49 163 8399527
    rosterwalder@epo.org

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    European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia

    EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, have signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia.

    “This is a strategic breakthrough for the patent system in Tunisia”, said President Battistelli. “The agreement will simplify access to patent protection in Tunisia for European patent applicants and proprietors. Ultimately it will help to strengthen innovation in the country and open up new industrial and commercial prospects for foreign investors.”

    “The signing of this validation agreement is a major step forward for Tunisia,” said Minister Ben Naceur. “The extended co-operation that it represents is bound up with the ongoing discussions between Tunisia and the EU on a possible deep and comprehensive free-trade agreement. We expect it to boost foreign investment in our country and stimulate national innovation and Tunisia’s industrial development.”

    Under the terms of the agreement, signed in Munich on 3 July, European patent applicants and proprietors will be able to validate the legal effects of their European patents and applications on Tunisian territory, even though Tunisia is not an EPO member state. Validated European patent applications and patents will have the same legal effect as Tunisian national applications and patents, and will be subject only to Tunisian patent legislation. The agreement has to be ratified before it can enter into force.

    Co-operation between the EPO and the Tunisian Patent Office (the National Standardisation and Industrial Property Institute, or INNORPI) goes back over ten years, and has intensified since 2011. The chief co-operation activities are the training of INNORPI examiners in prior-art searching and in drafting written opinions on the patentability of applications filed directly with INNORPI. The EPO and INNORPI also co‑operate in the field of Tunisian patent document publication.

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