News & Announcements

Indian Patent Office SMS system now live

20th November, 2017

Indian IP system is undergoing vast changes with a key objective to provide easy access to the applicants. We now have a robust electronic IP system in place which simplifies connection between the applicant and the authority. Amongst many such moves, the Indian Patent Office has recently introduced the short

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FICPI auditing EUIPO opposition trademark decisions

26th October, 2017

On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 October 2017, EUIPO welcomed the third edition of an external audit on the quality of  its opposition decisions. In its 2020 Strategic Plan, EUIPO established the goal of enhanced customer-driven quality services.  It is hoped that a more user-oriented approach that focuses on the quality of

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EPO: How can Europe’s SMEs use patents to their advantage

18th October, 2017

The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently published a set of 12 case studies providing concrete examples of how Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use patents to their advantage and what benefits they can expect from the planned Unitary Patent. The publication, Unlocking untapped potential: EPO SME

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Open Forum: registration now closed

10th October, 2017

FICPI's 17th Open Forum Organising Secretariat has announced that, due to unprecedented demand, registration has now closed for the event. Please do not travel to Venice without pre-registering because onsite registration will not be possible.

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WIPO General Assemblies 2017

09th October, 2017

FICPI was represented at WIPO’s General Assemblies by Robert Watson, Vice-President, Study & Work Commission (CET) for two days on 4 and 5 October 2017.  These days were likely to be the most relevant to the interests of FICPI, generally covering reports from the various WIPO standing committees,

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Turkey - The New Code of Conduct Rules

13th September, 2017

The new IP Code and the (ad hoc) regulation on the code of conduct bring new rules regarding the exercise of the profession especially from a disciplinary stand point and aim to frame the relation of patent & trademark attorneys with their clients, peers and the Office. The new IP

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Change of Representatives at the EPO

13th September, 2017

FICPI recently became aware of a likely change in practice for the transfer of representation from one European Patent Attorney to another. In particular, when a European Patent Attorney withdraws and points to another representative, the EPO will wait for confirmation from the new European Patent Attorney before updating the

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Eurasian IP Update

29th August, 2017

Eurasian Economic Union Moves Forward with Customs Code, Eurasian Trademark The Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) may enter into force this year, since the last EAEU member state, Belarus, signed it in July. All other member states signed it in December 2016. The Code still needs to be

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