Record EUTM filings for first half of 2021

The EUIPO received a record 101 021 EU trade mark applications during the first six months of 2021, an increase of around 24 % compared with the same period last year. Registered Community Design filing volumes grew by almost 2 % over the same period. [#item_full_content]

IP Course for Paralegals, 14-15 September 2021

In September the EUIPO will organise a new edition of the ‘IP Course for Paralegals’. The course will take place over two mornings – 14 and 15 September – and be held virtually using the online platform Zoom. [#item_full_content]

The EUIPO and the CPVO sign a Service Level Agreement

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) signed a new Service Level Agreement (SLA) which entered into force on 21 July 2021. [#item_full_content]

1 million digitised trade marks and designs: the ECP5 project

The 1 million digitised files milestone was achieved on 7 July 2021 at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH). The total number of digitised pages stands now at approximately 18 million. [#item_full_content]

Procedural misrepresentation and abuse of User Area credentials

Procedural misrepresentation refers to the bypassing of requirements regarding who can be a legal practitioner or professional representative before the EUIPO.  [#item_full_content]

New misleading letter alert – Fake EUIPO payment reminder

Beware of the new misleading letter in circulation! It takes the form of a fake EUTM payment reminder letter uses the EUIPO logo, name, acronym and address, and purports to be an EUTM payment reminder issued and electronically signed by a senior manager of the Office. It includes a demand for a registration fee to […]

EUIPO and EURADA sign a collaboration agreement

The EUIPO and the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) have signed a collaboration agreement to encourage activities and promote services that support small businesses. [#item_full_content]

Flags fly half-mast in solidarity with the countries affected by the floods

As a gesture of solidarity with the victims of the recent floods, the Office has lowered the EU, the EUIPO and the Belgian flags. [#item_full_content]

IP offices need to be pro-active in encouraging innovation’

The Executive Director Christian Archambeau reports on the record filing numbers over the first six months of 2021 and on future plans to support SMEs in partnership with other stakeholders including the Member State IP offices. [#item_full_content]

Honduras joins TMclass

As of 14 July 2021, the General Directorate of Intellectual Property of Honduras (DIGEPIH) will be included in TMclass. [#item_full_content]

Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join TMclass

As of 12 July 2021, the Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO) and the Commerce and Intellectual Property Office of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (CIPO-VC) will be included in TMclass. [#item_full_content]

Malta is the first EU country to join the IP Register in Blockchain

On 1 July the Industrial Property Registrations Directorate (IPRD) of the Maltese Commerce Department installed an IP Register in Blockchain node and transferred 60 000 records to TMview and DesignView through a blockchain network. [#item_full_content]

Intellectual property and private equity investors work hand in hand to support SMEs’ growth

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Invest Europe, the world’s largest association of private capital providers, have signed a collaboration agreement to promote and encourage activities and services that support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). [#item_full_content]

Saint Kitts and Nevis will use HDB

As of 5 July 2021, the Intellectual Property Office of Saint Kitts and Nevis (IPOSKN) will use and accept the list of terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass. [#item_full_content]

EUIPO Customer Panel on Training

The EUIPO’s Customer Panel on Training met on 18 June and 1 July to exchange views on how the EUIPO Academy’s learning offer can better meet the needs of IP legal practitioners and IP paralegals with improved or new products and services. [#item_full_content]

New funding opportunity: Apply now

The SME Fund, the EUIPO’s initiative that grants financial aid for intellectual property matters, is open throughout July. [#item_full_content]