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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Thu, 29/03/2018 - 11:53

With effect from 13th June 2018, the UK will become a member state of the Hague Agreement for industrial designs, which gives applicants the opportunity to register designs in up to 82 countries through a single international application and a single set of fees.  From that date, users will be able to designate the UK when filing international applications under the Agreement.  Since 2008, UK businesses have had to access the Hague Agreement through the EU’s membership, but...


Wed, 28/03/2018 - 11:55

Today, 28th March 2018, a validation agreement between China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and Cambodia has come in force. Under this agreement, it is now possible to validate in Cambodia Chinese patents which are in good order and which have a filing date falling after 22nd January 2003.    In order to validate a Chinese patent in Cambodia, a certified copy of the parent patent issued by SIPO, along with a certificate of the patent register and a Khmer translation of...


Thu, 22/03/2018 - 15:01

The Patents & Trade Marks Registry in Somalia has been closed since 1991 as a result of the civil war and overthrow of the Government, followed by the consequential disruption to the country’s infrastructure. Since that time, it has not been possible to file new applications for patents, designs or trade marks, or to renew patent or design applications or trade mark registrations that existed in 1991. In the absence of a formal registration system in Somalia, IP owners may rely on the...


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