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Exclusive survey finds OAPI agents broadly optimistic but concerns raised over frequent errors, slow examinations and soaring trade in fakes (Blog)
An independent survey conducted by World Trademark Review has assessed the sentiment of agents accredited by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and feedback was decidedly mixed. While agents were broadly positive about a number of aspects of the office’s operations, there were a number of concerns voiced about the speed of examinations, frequent errors made on official documentation and a lack of English-speaking staff with OAPI also urged to help tackle the escalating counterfeiting problem in the region.
OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding” (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has confirmed to World Trademark Review that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August. This comes as the collective formed to challenge OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol disbands due to a fear of being banned from IP practice, although a former member reveals that it may regroup later in the year.
Last week’s International Trademark Association Digital World Conference featured many discussions focused on the digital single market that the European Union is looking to implement. While issues around copyright have spurred the most IP-related concerns from brand owners during the ongoing negotiations, one speaker suggested that the "natural result of the European project" will be a future move to a single European system of trademarks and patents with national registered rights eventually faded out.
Cash prizes for distinctive trademarks? OAPI urges IP offices to reward innovative use of brands (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to World Trademark Review, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.
The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.
It is now a week since the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union, with the past seven days characterised by market uncertainty and political upheaval. To cut through the confusion, we have put together an infographic that illustrates the potential impact the decision could have for trademark practitioners in the UK and across the world.
This week the EU Intellectual Property Office released both its 2015 annual report and its Strategic Plan 2020. The former reveals that trademark applications at the office jumped by 11% last year. However, as the strategic plan notes, while demand is not expected to lessen any time soon, the office faces a number of financial challenges as it seeks to maintain service levels.
Our latest podcast looks at the significant impact that a UK vote to leave the European Union would have on national and international trademark practitioners. To find out what changes could be in store and what preparations counsel can make now, we speak with Chris McLeod, a partner at Elkington and Fife in London and the current president of the UK Institute of Trademark Attorneys.
Yesterday OHIM closed its doors, to allow time for staff to install the necessary system upgrades to adapt the website and its online application tools in light of the requirements of EU Regulation 2015/2424. Today the office re-opened for business, albeit with a new identity.
With the first changes due to take effect in less than three weeks, in the latest episode of the World Trademark Review podcast we talk to a range of industry experts on what counsel should be doing now to prepare for the new EU trademark regime.
OAPI suspends law firm; suspended agent alleges ‘dictatorship’ OAPI is stifling anti-Madrid Protocol sentiment (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.
As with any organisational rebrand, OHIM faces a host of challenges as it prepares to change its name. One is the registration of (and subsequent transition to) new domains. Research conducted by World Trademark Review has revealed that a number of third parties have already purchased ‘EUIPO’ related domains - though some plan on using them to promote awareness about the EU trademark reforms.
The European Parliament has today approved the European trademark reform package, meaning that both amendments to the Community Trademark Regulation (207/2009) and the new trademark directive will progress to publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. With the legislative process effectively over, the reforms should be completed by mid-2016.
An IP expert in Nigeria has told World Trademark Review that a recent trademark infringement lawsuit launched by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation could “spark a wave of IP commercialisation”, and has called for the country to join the African IP Organisation. A spokesperson for the latter has told us that the organisation is not currently in talks with Nigeria, but that the door is open for discussions.
This week the EU Parliament voted to extend EU-wide protection of GIs to a wider array of regionally manufactured goods. While the lead MEP tells World Trademark Review that she is hopeful the changes will come into effect next year, one IP lawyer argues that there needs to be an urgent push to end the “patchwork quilt” of national versus pan-national GI rights in Europe.
The policy goal of OHIM becoming a truly paperless office is not a new one. However, this week it has stepped up its efforts to encourage increased use of its online services, revealing the firms and individuals that are leading the electronic charge.
Although many trademark teams continue to face budgetary pressures, a UK lawyer claims cost-effective mediation services offered by offices such as the UK IPO and OHIM are “underutilised”. For its part, OHIM admits to WTR that uptake of its mediation offering is “small” but “growing”. However, changes proposed in the European trademark legislative package could remove one of the main barriers to use of its current offering and lead to an upswing in the use of mediation.
WIPO has expanded on plans to increase access to online trademark tools and databases across Africa, with one project aiming to digitise up to 100 years’ worth of trademark applications and create a single, searchable online database.
Almost two years after the Max Planck Institute published its Study on the Overall Functioning of the European Trademark System, details of proposed changes to the European framework are emerging. According to the latest draft documents obtained by WTR, a re-named OHIM, lower fees and the introduction of European certification marks are all on the cards.
WTR previously reported on OHIM’s plans to make IP protection more accessible to business. At this year’s INTA conference some of the first fruits of those efforts are on display and, for the first time, OHIM is exhibiting at INTA as part of the European Trade Mark and Design Network, a collaboration between Alicante and national IP offices aimed at converging practice and the user experience across Europe.
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