On July 16, 2018, the Government of Canada deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement with the International Bureau of WIPO.
This makes Canada the 55th member of the 1999 Act and 69th member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act will enter into force in Canada on November 5, 2018.
Source : WIPO
Director General for Trademarks at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office announced the future accession of Canada to the Madrid Protocol at the 140th edition of the INTA Meeting.
Canada is now close to joining the Madrid System. After years of hard work involving stakeholders at the national level, Canada is now fine-tuning regulatory requirements and communicating with WIPO regarding IT tools for the implementation of e-services for filing.
On the future accession of Canada to the Madrid System, Mr. Mesmin Pierre, Director General, Trademarks Branch, Canadian Intellectual Property Office said: “We expect to be joining the treaty, in fact, in early 2019.”
Source : WIPO
Well established Swiss trademark, registered in many countries.
IP rights (trademarks, design and patent) possibly sold with stock of watches and components..
If interested, please write to : firstname.lastname@example.org (brochure available)
On October 6, 2016 Brunei Darussalam joined the Madrid Protocol and became the 98th member of the Madrid System. The relevant treaty will enter into force on January 6, 2017.
Northern Iraq is suspended until further notice. We expect the Kurdistan Trademarks Office to resume normal activity in January 2017.
We take this opportunity to specify that Iraq is divided into two trademark jurisdictions; Baghdad and Erbil. In order to be protected for the whole country, a trademark must be filed before the Trademarks Office in Baghdad and the Trademarks Office in Erbil. Please note that both Offices operate separately and that filing a trademark application in one jurisdiction does not grant protection in the other.
Cambodia joined the international patent and design filing systems and became the 151st contracting state.
Furthermore, Cambodia became a member of the International Design System, namely The Hague System. We shall be able to designate Cambodia in a new international design application from February 25, 2017.
The Indian Trademark Registry has ordered the abandonment of approximately 200,000 applications and oppositions in the month of March 2016, in a bid to clear the growing backlog of cases.
As a large number of files have been abandoned erroneously, the Indian Trademark Registry is now giving an opportunity of redressal with respect to those cases which have been wrongfully abandoned by the registry. Our agent in India has already started checking all the applications and oppositions in order to have them treated by the Registry.
We assure you that all necessary steps are being taken to safeguard your interests.
Amendment of a Declaration concerning the International Registration of marks in the Kingdom of Denmark
On January 13, 2016, the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark notified to the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) a declaration according to which it withdraws the one made upon ratification of the Protocol "to the effect that until further notice the Protocol should not apply to the Faroe Islands". Accordingly, the Protocol of Madrid will apply in Faroe Islands for all international registrations or subsequent designations in Denmark filed on or after April 13, 2016.
NPMO AG (a company based in Belize !), is sending renewal reminders to owners of trademarks in Switzerland. This company calls itself "National Patent & Trademark Organization. BEWARE, this company has nothing to do with the official Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. Consequently, please note that this kind of sollicitation is scam. We invite you to throw the letter to the basket. Should you have any doubts or questions regarding this, please contact us.
We recently came to know that the official fees for trademark related matters in Bahrain and Kuwait are due to increase significantly and that this increase is expected to take place by the second or third week of December 2015.
Accordingly, we suggest that we immediately attend to the renewal of trademarks that have renewal deadlines within the next 12 months (which is the earliest term for trademark renewal before expiry date). This will allow us to renew the trademarks at the existing rates and thereby enjoy considerable savings.
Please review the list of your marks in Bahrain and Kuwait and send us instructions as soon as possible for the ones you intend to renew.
We are at your disposal for any question related to this matter.