Official news March 2012

Published: 30 March 2012
By: Tibor Gold

The following report on the latest official news is from the March 2012 issue of the CIPA Journal.

Revised list of countries protected by CDPA 1988

The Copyright and Performances (Application to Other Countries) Order 2012 (SI 2012/799) (Order) has been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 6 April 2012. It contains a consolidated list of the countries to which the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 applies, replacing two earlier orders made in 2008 and 2009. The Order gives protection to different types of works to different countries; the additions include Yemen, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia, the Republic of Korea, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saudi Arabia.

UK-IPO news

Relocation of London Office of the IPO
It is now confirmed that as of 21 May 2012 the London office will be located at 1st Floor, 4 Abbey Orchard Street, London, SW1P 2HT. There will be no change to the telephone numbers.

Patent Cooperation Treaty – changes in fees
Notice is given that the fees (Chapter I) payable in connection with applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty at the IPO (RO/GB) are changed with effect from 1 April 2012.

  • Transmittal fee: £75
  • Search fee:  £1562
  • International fee:
    (a) For the first 30 sheets £939
    (b) For each sheet over 30 £11
    Reductions for e-filing 
  • E-filing (not being in character coded format) £141
  • E-filing (being in character coded format)  £212
  • Fees for preparation of priority document  £20

GB Esp@cenet changes
The IPO will:

  • gradually change the more general links on our website from GB esp@cenet to the Worldwide Espacenet service hosted by the EPO;
  • gradually deep-link its existing e-search services, such as the e-Patents Journal, to the direct hits within the Worldwide Espacenet service hosted by the EPO; and
  • replace the GB esp@cenet service with a single page linking to the Advanced Search page of the Worlwide Espacenet service hosted by the EPO

The IPO expects to complete these changes by 31 March 2012.

Litigation Manual
The IPO website states that all sections have been updated at the end of February: unusually, the Editor has not received details.

UK-Germany PPH
On 1 March, a UK-Germany PPH pilot started and will run for an initial period of one year, ending on 1 March 2013.

Trade marks – IPO response to consultation on amending Trade Mark Rules 2008
The IPO has published its response to its 2010 consultation on amending the Trade Marks Rules 2008 (SI 2008/1797). The IPO’s first proposal was to remove the opt-in facility for owners of non-UK trade marks to receive notifications of later marks (rule 14(4)). This proposal will be implemented as from 1 October 2012, although a Statutory Instrument effecting the changes will come into force on 6 April 2012.

Its second proposal was to remove the facility to merge trade mark applications and registrations (rule 27). This proposal will not be implemented. However, the merger rules will be changed as from 1 October 2012. Under the new rules, mergers will have to satisfy the additional condition that the registrations will also have to bear the same filing date.
The new rules will also exclude from merger any trade mark which (i) is the subject of revocation or invalidation proceedings; and/or (ii) is the basis for an International Registration and is still within the five-year period in which the International Registration is dependent on the continuation of the national mark.

EPO news

EPO and Google announce improvements in patent translations
The EPO launched on 29 February a new machine translation service, called patent translate, on the EPO’s website. The service uses Google’s Translate technology and enables translation from and to English for French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish, covering approximately 90% of all patents issued in Europe.

By the end of 2014, the service will also be able to translate patents from and into all 28 languages of the EPO member states, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian. More details, e.g. about access to patent translate is seen here.

Handbook of Quality Procedures
We reported last month the publication of the above, here. Mysteriously, as we went to press it disappeared but it has now reappeared. (Source: IPKat blog)

OHIM news

EuroClass has new members
The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) are now members of the EuroClass project, after joining on
11 February 2012.

WIPO news

2011 filings up
WIPO reports that in 2011 PCT filings went up by nearly 11% and international trade mark (Madrid) filings by 6.5%.

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