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|CHANGE:||Equinox IP Services – New Official Fee Jurisdictions Available – Finland and Portugal
We have now included all official fees for Finland and Portugal as part of our IP Services offering. If you would be interested in having these official fees imported into your system as part of our Equinox Official Fee Management Service, please send an email across to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch!
Our current monitored jurisdictions are the United Kingdom, European Union, EPO, WIPO, Benelux, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal and the United States of America.
All of our monitored official fees can be viewed under the ‘Official Fees’ tab of the IP Portal!
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||08 Nov 2021|
|CHANGE:||AUSTRALIA: New Designs Legislation Enacted
“Australia’s Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Act 2021 (Amendment Act) received Royal Assent on September 10, 2021. The Amendment Act updates the Designs Act 2003 (Designs Act). Notable changes include the introduction of a 12-month grace period for exclusive licensees to commence infringement proceedings and simplification of the registration process.
The Amendment Act includes seven schedules:
The various schedules have the following commencement dates:
Schedule 7, Parts 1 and 2, commenced on September 11, 2021. Schedules 1 through 6, and Schedule 7, Part 3, will commence on March, 10, 2022.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||10 Mar 2022|
|JURISDICTION:||European Union (EUIPO)|
|CHANGE:||EUIPO guidelines available in 23 official languages
“The EUIPO Guidelines are now available in 23 official languages of the EU. They were adopted by the Executive Director on 8 February 2021 in Decision No EX-21-1, and have been in force since 1 March 2021.
The Guidelines were previously available in the five working languages of the EUIPO (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). The following languages have now been added: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Swedish.
About the Guidelines
The EUIPO’s current trade mark and design practice is reflected in a series of Guidelines for Examination that are intended to help both our users and our staff in charge of the various procedures.
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||01 Mar 2021|
|CHANGE:||Hague System: Designating Japan – Streamlining of Procedures
“New! If designating Japan in an international design application, you can now submit a supporting document in the case of exception to lack of novelty, and/or a copy of a priority document directly to WIPO through eHague. (You may also use Annex II or V of Hague System form DM/1.) We will then send those documents to the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for you.
Important! You must attach these documents to your international application at the time of filing, i.e., do not send them separately to WIPO.
How will this help you?
Previously, you had to submit these documents directly to the JPO, within three months (priority document), or thirty days (exception to lack of novelty), of the date of publication of the international registration in the International Designs Bulletin (IDB). Any holder residing outside of Japan had to do this through a local representative. While this is still possible, this streamlining of procedures will save you both time and money, and ensure that you do not lose your claimed right, should you mistakenly miss the deadline.
Jurisdictions now covered
This type of document submission is now possible when designating Japan and/or the Republic of Korea; you provide just one document – per priority claim or per exception to lack of novelty – to cover one or both jurisdictions.
WIPO Digital Access Service – priority documents
Reminder! Both the JPO and KIPO (Korean Intellectual Property Office) participate in WIPO’s Digital Access Service (DAS) as “depositing” and “accessing” offices for design applications.
If you filed your first application with another intellectual property (IP) office – which is also a DAS depositing office – then it is easier and safer to share priority documents using a DAS code. You can provide a DAS code through eHague or Hague System form DM/1.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||08 Nov 2021|