Today, the amended Benelux-Convention on Intellectual Property (“BCIP”) will enter into force, bringing Benelux trademark law in line with the European Trade Marks Directive. We have summarized the most important changes below. New possibilities for non-conventional marks One of the most important changes to the BCIP is the deletion of the requirement of graphical representation,
On 25 January, our European team held two webinar sessions focusing on the implementation of the EU Trade Marks Directive and its impact across various Member States. If you were unable to join, the recordings are now available via registration here and here (same content but different speakers) Background On 14 January 2019, EU Member States were required to implement the Directive into national law.
As of 1 June 2018, the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (“BCIP’) will be amended, giving the Benelux-Office for IP (“BOIP”) new authorities, and expanding the authority of the Benelux Court of Justice. We have summarized the most important changes below. Cancellation proceedings Cancellation proceedings of a Benelux trademark (either on absolute grounds, non usus
On 28 February 2018, the European Commission published the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. The paper is, of course, only a draft and the UK government has not yet commented on or agreed to any of its terms but it is the first time we have had a concrete statement
An important change of the Polish Industrial Property Law came into force on 15 April. The most relevant of the changes is a new regime for trademark registrations and oppositions. Until today, the trademark registration procedure involved an ex officio examination of both absolute and relative refusal grounds. The opposition period started after the decision on the
Our IP group offers a new comparative guide which outlines the trademark application process in 111 countries around the world, broken down into regions, and covering areas such as Application, Examination, Opposition, Cancellation, and Renewal. Click the link below to register for your free copy of the full guide. Trademarks 111