Further extension of the PPH bilateral programs in 2018

The Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (PPH) between the national and regional patent offices is getting more widespread. Recently, two new bilateral PPH programs have been launched. One between the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT), the other between the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO)

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ARIPO joined the online tool TMclass on April 9, 2018

It has been announced that the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) joined the online tool TMclass on April 9, 2018, and thus became the 67th participating office

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Kuwait is accepting PCT national stage applications starting from the 27th of March, 2018

Kuwait has become a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on September 9, 2016. However, at the time, the Kuwaiti Patent Office didn’t accept international applications that wished to enter national phase of PCT in Kuwait. And now, starting from the 27th of March, 2018, national phase entry of PCT has become possible in Kuwait

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The current Mexican IP Law is poised to be changed, a set of amendments concerning patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs will come into force by the end of April 2018

The current Mexican Industrial Property Law (hereinafter referred to as Law) is poised to be changed. According to the Official Gazette of the Federation published on March 13, 2018, a set of amendments concerning patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs will come into force in 30 business days after the mentioned publication, that is by the end of April

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The United Kingdom has joined the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

The United Kingdom has joined the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The ratification will come into effect starting from June 13, 2018

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