News & Announcements

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

16th January, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable on 25 May 2018, and will set a high bar for global privacy rights and compliance.  FICPI is actively preparing its business and compliance processes prior to the GDPR taking effect. What is the GDPR? You

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Peru: Publication of Trade/Service Mark Applications

16th January, 2018

As of 1 July 2017, Peruvian Trade/Service Mark applications are no longer published in the Official Journal “El Peruano” but in the TMO's Electronic Official Gazette free. Having in mind that nowadays there are many trade/service mark applications which include large lists of goods and services, this

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Changes in Colombia for Trademarks and Patents

10th January, 2018

Changes of name and address of an applicant are now recorded per applicant and not per IP right. Since 20 November 2017, the ten years' registration term of a trademark will be counted as from the date on which the granting administrative act is considered executed (one month and ten working

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Proposal for Simplified Patent Allowance in Brazil

09th January, 2018

During August 2017, the Brazilian Government opened for public consultations a proposal for an alternative simplified procedure for granting patents without substantive examination. The purpose of the proposal relies in drastically reducing the existing backlog in patent examination. Many comments and suggestions were received during that period, some in the sense

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Meeting Report: WIPO SCP 2017

08th January, 2018

Alexander Wyrwoll represented FICPI at the SCP meeting at WIPO’s headquarters in Geneva from 12-14 December 2017, when the topics “Quality of patents, including opposition systems” and “Confidentiality of Communications between clients and their patent advisors” were discussed.  The meeting report is available here:

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EPO - Enlarged Board of Appeal Preserves Undisclosed Disclaimers

20th December, 2017

On 18 December 2017 the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO issued decision G 1/16 confirming that undisclosed disclaimers do not add subject-matter and are thus still allowable in European patents when they fulfil one of the following criteria mentioned in former decision G 1/03: restore novelty by delimiting a claim against state

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Employee Inventions in Turkey

07th December, 2017

The Regulation on" Employee Inventions, Inventions Realised within Higher Education Institutions and Inventions Arisen from Projects Supported by Public Authorities" entered into force on 29 September 2017 in Turkey. Under the regulation, if an employer demands a full or partial right to an employee invention, reasonable compensation and an award should be

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