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On April 1, 2017, the new Spanish Patent Law will enter into force implementing some significant changes in the major issues of patent registration procedure.

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Following the notice issued by China’s Ministry of Finance on March 23, 2017, the fees related to trademark registration procedure will be reduced by 50 per cent starting from April 1, 2017. Both residents and non-residents of China will be able to benefit from the introduced changes.

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On March 16, 2017, the Commissioner of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) signed agreements on Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the National Director of the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) and the President of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).

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On March 9, 2017, Jordan joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) following the approval of accession to the PCT by the Jordanian Council of Ministers in December, 2016.

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On March 6, 2017, amendments to Trade Mark Rules came into force followed by significant increase in trademark fees.

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On March 1, 2017, the Venezuelan tax unit increased from 177 VEF (17.7 USD) to 300 VEF (30 USD). As a result, this was followed by significant increase in patent and trademark official fees.

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