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Weekly Trademark Update – Nov 2021 (2 of 3)
|CHANGE:||Tribunal Practice Notice (1/2021): Legal changes to the end of Transition Period transitional arrangements
“A change to practice in proceedings before the Registrar’s Tribunal
Tribunal Practice Notices (TPN’s) contain changes to our tribunal functions for trade marks, registered designs, patents and design right.
These normally arise from issues raised in a legal decision or following an appeal.
We will update the patent hearings manual or manual of trade marks practice, as appropriate, with this information.
The manual of trade mark practice provides the most up to date guidance in respect of the Tribunal’s practices and procedures. The manual is regularly updated to include the TPN’s. The practice manual is to be regarded as the main reference point for the Tribunal’s users.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||01 Jan 2021|
|JURISDICTION:||United States of America|
|CHANGE:||International Trademark Classification Changes
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issues this final rule to incorporate classification changes adopted by the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Agreement). These changes are listed in the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification), which is published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and will become effective on January 1, 2022.
This rule is effective on January 1, 2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Catherine Cain, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, at 571-272-8946, or by email at TMPolicy@uspto.gov.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||01 Jan 2022|
|CHANGE:||Announcement on Adjusting the Method of Issuing Trademark Registration Certificates (No. 453)
The following update has been machine-translated from Chinese.
“In order to implement and deepen the “decentralization, regulation and service” reform deployment, advance trademark registration reform, optimize the business environment, and improve the level of public services, the method of issuing trademark registration certificates is now adjusted. The announcement is as follows:
??1. Starting from January 1, 2022, the trademark registration certificate generated from registration and other trademark applications will be announced, and the trademark application will be submitted in paper form and the “Notice of Issuing a Trademark Registration Certificate” will be sent. The registrant shall specify the website and Retrieve the code and log in to China Trademark Network to obtain an electronic trademark registration certificate; to submit a trademark application electronically, log in to the trademark online service system to obtain an electronic trademark registration certificate. The electronic trademark registration certificate can be viewed, downloaded and printed by yourself. The State Intellectual Property Office no longer issues paper trademark registration certificates.
??2. Establish a transitional period. From October 15 to December 31, 2021, the trademark registration certificate generated by registration and other trademark applications will be announced, and the trademark application will be submitted in paper form and the “Notice of Obtaining a Trademark Registration Certificate” will be sent. The registrant will log in to the China Trademark website to obtain the electronic trademark registration certificate according to the designated website address and extraction code in the notice, and send the paper trademark registration certificate at the same time; the issuance of trademark applications submitted electronically remains unchanged for the time being.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||01 Jan 2022|
|CHANGE:||Non-Working Days in 2022
“The Madrid Registry will be closed to the public on the following days:
For further information, please refer to Information Notice No. 19/2021.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||03 Jan 2022|
|CHANGE:||CIPC dispatch challenges (e-mails)
“Kindly note that CIPC is currently experiencing challenges with e-mails sent to customers. Some service providers are blocking e-mails received from CIPC as they view it as junk mail. CIPC is attending to this challenge as a matter of urgency and is liaising with the relevant service providers. CIPC will inform customers once the issue has been resolved.”
|IMPLEMENTATION DATE:||15 Nov 2021|