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SPTMO consolidates the increase in applications for distinctive signs

p>During 2014, the SPTMO has received 50.057 applications for national trademarks (6,72% more than in 2013) and 7.099 trade name applications (23,27% more than in 2013). Therefore, considered jointly trademarks and trade names, the consolidation of the upwards trend that began last year is demonstrated.

On the other hand, in 2014, the declining number of national patent applications has not been as pronounced as it has been since 2012, a total of 3.031 applications have been reached, i. e. -3.26% compared to 2013 (in the period 2012-2013 it was -6.8%). Utility models, however, experience an increase of 2,13%, with 2.689 filed applications.

(www.oepm.es 02-02-2015)

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Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, and the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced today that an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco will enter into force on 1 March 2015.

The legal certainty of patents granted by the EPO and validated in Morocco will strengthen the economic benefits of the Moroccan patent system and increase the country’s attractiveness for foreign investment. The advantages of the country’s newly reformed intellectual property system for both local companies and foreign investors.

Morocco’s new intellectual property law was a turning point for the country’s patent system, which will enable the granting of IP rights of the highest international standard.

Starting on 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request validation for Morocco against the payment of a fee.

(Source: www.epo.org, 19-01-2015)

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EPO receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

"These figures are only a first estimate, but they confirm Europe's continued strength as a hub of innovation," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "Demand for patents at the EPO is up for the fifth year in a row, reaching a new peak," he said. Preliminary data show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).

(Source: www.epo.org 15-01-2015) (+)

Global Patent Filings See Fastest Growth in 18 Years

A new WIPO report shows that in 2012 global patent filings increased at their strongest rate in nearly two decades as industrial-design registration notched its best-ever rate of growth. Intellectual property (IP) filings have sharply rebounded since a 2009 decline at the height of the financial crisis.

The report shows patent filings grew by 9.2% (2.35 million applications filed) in 2012, utility model (UM) filings by 23.4%, industrial design by 17%, and trademark filings by 6.0%.

The 2013 edition of the World Intellectual Property Indicators also shows that for the first time, China tops the ranking for both the filings and the filed in China for the four types of IP (patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs).

Patents and Utility Models

Filing behavior in Europe showed mixed trends. For example, the European Patent Office (EPO, +4%), the offices of Germany (+3.2%) and the United Kingdom (UK, +4.4%) witnessed growth. In contrast, the offices of France (-0.7%) and Italy (-4.2%) received fewer applications in 2012 than in 2011.

More information: http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/es/articles/2013/article_0028.HTML

(Source: World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO)

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Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Global Pilot Programme

The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTMO) has launched a number of bilateral agreements with Industrial Property Offices in other countries. The countries with which agreements have been signed are listed at the end of this page.

On an international level, these agreements are known by the name of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and will enable an applicant both from the SPTMO and from an office with which Spain had applied for a PPH, to apply for an accelerated processing in another office participating in the PPH project, if the claims in the application have already been deemed as patentable by the SPTMO.

Thus, an exchange of information between offices is allowed, duplication of efforts is avoided and grant procedures are expedited which, in short, enables better service to patent applicants to be achieved.

The use of this system is not subject to any additional tax/fee and it is the applicant himself who must expressly request it.

(Source: SPTMO, 04.11.13)

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IP5 offices agree on joint PPH pilot programme

The world's five largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) -the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)- agreed to launch a comprehensive IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme as of January 2014.

The programme will utilise both PCT and national work products and will improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications. The PPH arrangements currently operational between the IP5 Offices will be integrated in this all-inclusive scheme.

Under the programme, applicants whose patent claims have been found to be patentable by one office may ask for accelerated processing of their corresponding applications pending before the other IP5 offices. Moreover, in carrying out the task the offices concerned will also exploit already existing work results to the extent practicable. Requests to use the PPH can be filed with any of the IP5 Offices both on the basis of PCT as well as national work products established by the IP5.

Details and requirements for participation in the IP5 PPH pilot programme will be announced on the EPO website.

(Source: EPO, 24.09.2013)

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Publication of 2012 Industrial Property Statistics, Volume I

The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office has published Volume I of the 2012 Annual Industrial Property Statistics.

This publication contains statistical tables with details of Industrial Property Invention applications and grants, divided into the applicant’s municipality of residence, type of applicant and technical sectors. It also provides details of the SPTMO’s international activity and of the different invention modalities with effects inSpain.

A new development is the inclusion of the TOP of the 50 major applicants for Inventions published in2012 inall modalities.

This publication is available in the SPTMO’s web and in a DVD format at the SPTMO’s Dissemination Office.

(Source: SPTMO, 12.09.2013)

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Subsidies by the SPTMO for the promotion of patent and utility model applications 2013

In the Official State Gazette dated 29 May 2013 has been published the Order IET/940/2013 relating to regulatory bases for the grant of subsidies by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office for the promotion of patent and utility model applications.

The said order has two important aims:

  • To promote the International protection of Spanish technology through patents and to improve the competitiveness of those companies which go out to markets abroad.
  • To promote the protection of national inventions through patent and utility model applications by SME and individuals.

The formalization and filing of the requests has to be effected electronically through the website of the SPTMO (htpps://sede.oepm.gob.es) between 5 June and 4 July 2013.

All necessary additional documents are available on the SPTMO’s website (www.oepm.es – Ayudas y subvenciones – Ayudas para el fomento de solicitudes de patentes y modelos de utilidad): Help guide and technical requirements for completing a request of subsidies, FAQs, additional forms, etc.

(Source: SPTMO, 31.05.13)

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Nearly 2 million patent applications filed at five largest IP offices in 2012

 Some 1.98 million patent applications were filed at the world's five largest patent offices last year, according to preliminary data just released by the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), collectively known as the Five IP offices or IP5. This is an increase of 10.5% compared to 2011.

The 2012 preliminary key statistics, published jointly by the five offices today, also shows that together the IP5 offices granted nearly 924 000 patents for inventions last year, an increase of 16.7% compared to 2011.

The full IP5 Statistics Report for 2012 will be available later this year.

The IP5 offices have worked closely together since 2007 to improve efficiency and address the growing backlogs in patent applications worldwide. The five offices estimate that every year some 250 000 patent applications are filed in parallel with two or more of their offices.

(Source: EPO, 22.05.2013)

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Protection of points of sale, store arrangements or shop windows by way of designs

The Law No. 20/2003 of July 7, 2003 on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs permits the protection of so-called “presentations” by way of industrial designs. This designation includes the design of the points of sale, including the "look and feel" of specific arrangements of shops, shop windows or the like or the interior decoration of the premises, furniture or arrangement of the same, as well as ornamentation of the walls..

For example, the particular presentation of the interior of a fast food restaurant or a pub could be protected by way of an industrial design..

The protection does not cover the products that are sold, although, in fact, their arrangement in the store, e.g. bottles, jams, creams, provided that no trademarks of these products appear..

(Source: SPTMO, 04.04.2013).

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