IP Developments Archive


Please note that the developments listed on this page may not be the most up-to-date. For a list of developments in Intellectual Property within the last 12 months, please go to the following page :-

IP Developments within the last 12 months

Intellectual Property

Archived IP Developments

Fri, 13/11/2020 - 15:24

A new “Federal Law for Protection of Industrial Property” came into force in Mexico on 5th November 2020.   Vis-à-vis patents, the new law:   • Provides new, broader rules regarding the one-year grace period for prior art disclosures in relation to patent applications;  • Prohibits double patenting; • Expressly provides that the patentability of substances, compounds or compositions contained in the state of the art cannot be excluded from patentability as along as a new use...

Tue, 10/11/2020 - 15:12

OAPI’s revised IP Law requires ratification by 12 member states before it can enter into force. Cameroon became the 12th member state to ratify the new law on 14th September 2020.   Whilst official notification from OAPI is still awaited, the new law provides that it will enter into force 2 months after the 12th ratification, namely on 14th November 2020. However, only the provisions of the law relating to geographical indications, copyright, unfair competition and plant varieties will...

Fri, 06/11/2020 - 12:50

The Nauru Solicitor General has just advised that, nearly a decade after their Patents Registration Act came into force, the Nauru government has finally announced the publication of its "Patents Registration (Forms and Fees) Regulations 2020". These regulations provide prescribed forms, application procedures (including examination, although it is not clear how this will be carried out, and by whom) and official fees. We do not yet know how previously-filed applications will be treated, or...