A delegation from Cambodia led by Senior Minister of Industry and Handicraft Cham Prasidh visited the EPO on 31 October 2019 to meet with a team from the EPO headed by President António Campinos.
President Campinos and Senior Minister Cham reviewed the implementation so far of the EPO’s validation agreement with Cambodia. Under the agreement, which entered into force on 1 March 2018, applicants to the EPO can request validation of their European patent applications and European patents in the country. Cambodia was the first Asian country to recognise European patents on its territory.
“We are proud of the joint work done and results achieved over the past two years,” said EPO President Campinos. “Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia and now belongs to the group of countries with a solid global patenting strategy. The strengthening of Cambodia’s patent system through the validation agreement with the EPO is good for the local economy. For European companies, it provides further business and investment opportunities by extending the geographic coverage of their European patents to Cambodia.”
Senior Minister Cham said: “The validation system is a part of our
Brazilian PTO and the European Patent Office (EPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on an Enhanced Technical and Strategic Partnership on Tuesday, November 26th, aiming to improve cooperation between Brazil and Europe in the area of patents. The agreement was signed by BrPTO President Claudio Vilar Furtado and EPO President Antonio Campinos at the Institute’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
BrPTO’s president Claudio Vilar Furtado stressed the importance of the agreement to stimulate investment in innovation and industrial property, focusing on the generation of new patents, especially in partnership.
– In this agreement between BrPTO and EPO, Brazilians and Europeans are united so that patents are a central element of a business environment that drives innovation – said the president of BrPTO.
The agreement between the EPO and the largest patent office in Latin America aims to strengthen the patent system in Brazil and Europe to encourage innovation and economic development, as well as to promote trade and investment between companies. two regions.
– Brazil is an essential partner for the EPO and an important market for European companies – said EPO President Antonio Campinos, who added: – This …Read More
The EPO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Partnership with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), further strengthening the longstanding co-operation between Europe and Mexico in the area of patents. The MoU was signed on 4 November 2019 in Mexico City by EPO President António Campinos and IMPI Director General Juan Lozano.
“Mexico is a very important partner for us, and our offices have already worked together to support innovation for 25 years” said EPO President Campinos. “Through our joint projects on the Cooperative Patent Classification, the EPO’s online patent search tool EPOQUE Net, comprehensive data exchange and judicial training we have brought our patenting procedures and work more closely in line. We are now entering a new phase in our co-operation, extending it to more strategic areas, with a view to making our patent systems as efficient, user-friendly and relevant as possible for innovators in both regions.”
The IMPI Director General Juan Lozano underlined the importance of the strategic alliance with the EPO to enhance the use of Mexican resources dedicated to the examination of national patents, as well as to accelerate applications previously examined …Read More
On 7th October 2019, the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, DKPTO and the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property, INPI have signed three agreements whose main objective is to increase and develop the innovation activities, including the generation and trading of Industrial Property assets, such as patents. Agencies working in scientific and technological research in both countries are expected to get closer.
The agreements, which are the result of good collaboration between the Danish and the Brazilian authorities, allow the two countries to join efforts in crucial economic areas such as services, health care, clinical testing, clean energy, and even food and agribusiness.
The first agreement aims to encourage and develop cooperation between companies from both countries in Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI). Potential participants are already being evaluated in the various regions of Brazil. One of the expected results of this work is the increase in the number of patents and other industrial property assets under co-ownership, i.e. involving two or more partners.
The purpose of second agreement is to improve/expand the process of streamlining the analysis of Brazilian patents in Denmark and vice versa, allowing applicants in Denmark and …Read More
By Vivianne Cardoso Banasiak, Client Relationship Manager
The year of 2018 was marked by harsh criticism on how the Government was dealing with the Brazilian Patent Office’s (BR PTO) backlog problem. However, since January 1st, 2019 Brazil has a new president, Mr. Jair Bolsonaro, establishing a new political environment. Aligned with the campaign promises, the Brazilian PTO no longer reports to the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, but to the newly created, particularly powerful, Ministry of Economy (which now includes Planning and Foreign Trade). The BR PTO is under the Special Secretariat for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness, led by Carlos Alexandre da Costa, a former member of the transition team of the new president. On January 8th, 2019, the Ministry of the Economy announced the nomination of Mr. Cláudio Vilar Furtado as the new President of the Brazilian Patent Office. Mr. Furtado is an economist with Doctoral Degree in Business Administration and, aligned with the premises of the new Government, set fairly aggressive goals for BR PTO in the coming years, mainly related to the patent backlog.
For years the BR PTO has struggled to reduce its patent backlog in order to process applications within …Read More
By José Santacroce, Partner, and Head of Patent Department
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) have agreed to work towards enhancing their co-operation. EPO President António Campinos and Claudio Vilar Furtado, President of INPI, signed on 22 July 2019 a Joint Statement in this direction following a bi-lateral consultation that formed part of a series of meetings between the EPO and IP offices from the Community of Portuguese Language Countries. They also signed an agreement renewing the INPI’s access to EPOQUE Net, the EPO’s dedicated patent searching tool that contains more than 1.3 billion database entries.
In their Joint Statement, the two Heads of Office agreed to work together towards a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a pilot project aimed at strengthening the INPI’s capacity for searching and examining patent applications.
President Campinos underlined the importance of co-operation with INPI: “I am pleased to sign this Joint Statement today. As traditionally, Brazil has been an important co-operation partner for the EPO in Latin America. The INPI has great expertise in the patent grant procedure, and with today’s signatures we are paving the way to a closer relationship between our offices, …Read More
By Maria Sol Porro
Last June, 7th, the Seventh International Congress of Intellectual Property called ¨Recent IP Developments in Europe¨ was held at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, organized by the Queen Mary University of London, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the host, the University of Maastricht.
Each year different speakers of the mentioned universities attend this event in order to make brief presentations about the most recent developments in the main areas of intellectual property law in Europe. In this way, new laws, legislative proposals, notable new resolutions or recent doctrines on trademark law, patents, copyright, geographical indications, designs, etc. are analyzed and exposed.
In summary, the topics addressed this year were the following:
1- Multimedia Trademarks
They are those represented by the presence of an audiovisual file that contains the combination of image and sound. These trademarks are starting to be taken into account within the European registers, although they are usually registered as services and not as goods. However, they have two problems: a- Having so many elements involved, often lack the distinctive character required for the trademarks and b- many of these brands are usually video games whose central themes often clash with morality …Read More
By Vivianne Cardoso Banasiak, Client Relationship Manager
For years the BR PTO has struggled to reduce its patent backlog in order to process applications within reasonable timeframes. This is a long-standing problem and several measures have been introduced aiming to minimize the big delays. However, despite all the efforts, the patent backlog is still massive. An article summarizing all the actions taken by BR PTO against the patent backlog was recently published in our blog.
Nevertheless, on 7th July, 2019, the Brazilian Patent Office (BR PTO) published in the Industrial Property Gazette (often referred to as RPI) what is expected to be the solution against the patent backlog: Resolutions 240/2019 and 241/2019. These Resolutions aim to optimize the technical examination proceeding of patent applications in Brazil and figure as part of the Government’s “Strategic Industrial Property Project” of reforming and reorganizing the current system established at the BR PTO.
The new Resolutions are based on an existing Resolution 227/2018, published on 30th October, 2018, which defines the pre-examination proceedings of patent applications using the results of prior art searches carried out by Patent Offices of other countries, of International or Regional Organizations, to expedite the technical examination …Read More
By Carlos Cavalcanti, Managing Partner at Moeller IP Brazil
Brazilian PTO is initiating the Backlog Combat Project to substantially reduce the number of pending patent applications over a 2-year period. To achieve this goal, the preliminary requirements will be established, according to Resolutions 240/19 and 241/19, published in Official Bulletin under dispatch codes 6.21 and 6.22. The dispatch of code 6.21 will be issued to the corresponding search requests available in other offices while dispatching code 6.22 to the corresponding no search request available. Thus, the following codes will be listed in the Bulletin Table of Orders – Patent Section:
6.21 – Preliminary requirement – Application with searches made by other Patent Offices. Suspension of the progress of the patent application which, for regular instruction, will await the answer or challenge of the requirements formulated. The non-manifestation of the applicant within 90 (ninety) days of this date will result in the final denial of the application. The preliminary requirement opinion (6.21) will be published as of 7/23/2019.
6.22 – Preliminary requirement – Application without searches made by other Patent Offices. Suspension of the progress of the patent application which, for regular instruction, will await the answer or challenge of …Read More
World’s Five Largest Patent Offices Agree on Joint Task Force for Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
By José Santacroce, Partner and Head of Patent Department
The heads of the five largest patent offices held their annual meeting on 13 June 2019 in Incheon, Korea. The five offices, known as the IP5, are the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The IP5 together handle around 85 percent of the world’s patent applications.
The meeting was chaired by KIPO Commissioner Park Wonjoo, and was attended by EPO President António Campinos, JPO Commissioner Naoko Munakata, CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu, and USPTO Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Andrei Iancu. The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Francis Gurry, attended the meeting as an observer.
“Co-operation with our IP5 partners is a key to building an efficient and effective global IP system by establishing more aligned procedures worldwide,” said EPO President António Campinos. “IP5 co-operation is a success story. The EPO and its partner offices are now entering a new phase of their co-operation where we should think about further strengthening IP5 co-operation and promoting a more comprehensive IP agenda, in order to …Read More