IP Developments within the last 12 months

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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 09:07

A draft withdrawal agreement between the UK Government and the European Union published on 19 March 2018 has indicated that owners of EU trade marks and Community designs will be granted an equivalent UK right following Brexit. The IP right must have been registered before the end of the transition period, which runs from 29 March 2019 (Brexit date) until 31 December 2020. The surviving UK right will not require re-examination and will retain the same filing and priority dates. However, there...


Mon, 05/03/2018 - 09:38

Myanmar does not currently have substantive IP laws or proper trade mark, patent or design registration systems.  However, a trade mark, patent or design owner can file a Declaration of Ownership with the Registrar of Deeds, and Cautionary Notices are published in local newspapers.      Draft IP laws have just been passed by the Upper House of Parliament, and are expected to enter into force later this year.  They will shortly be submitted for review and approval...


Fri, 16/02/2018 - 14:34

As reported previously, the European Patent Office (EPO) President and the Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicraft signed a Validation State Agreement on 23rd January 2017, and it has now been announced that this Agreement will come into force on 1st March 2018.   From that date, it will be possible to obtain patent protection in Cambodia by validating European patents and patent applications (including PCT regional phase applications) filed on or after 1st March 2018. This...


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