BEIJING - The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress of China passed amendments to China’s Patent Law (CPL) on October 17, 2020. The amendments to the law will take effect on June 1, 2021.
China reformed its patent regime to strengthen the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and create a better environment for investment in China.
Major amendments to China’s patent law:
Patent Term Compensation: Patent term compensation is available if the grant of a patent is delayed and takes more than 4 years from the date of filing, or 3 years after a request for substantive examination.
Patent Term Extension: The patentees of innovative pharmaceuticals are allowed to apply for a patent term extension of up to 5 years.
Open License System: Open license system is introduced for the first time in China. The patentee may voluntarily license any entity or individual to exploit his patent.
Patent Infringement: Punitive damages are adopted for intentional infringements of patents. In addition, a fine of not more than 5 times of the amount of illegal earnings shall be imposed.
Design Patents: The term of validity for design patents is increased from10 years to 15 years.
RIYADH – The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) announced the launch of a service for the registration of collective marks containing geographical indications in line with the international practices.
The Authority explained that collective marks containing geographical indications can be registered for products that have specific geographical origin, specifications or reputation attributed to that origin. The registration of such collective marks contributes to the distinction of geographical origin, materials, manufacturing method and other common characteristics of goods or services.
The Authority set out the requirements for the registration of collective marks with geographical indications as follows:
•Copy of the trademark.
•Name, address and nationality of the applicant.
•Exact description of the trademark.
•Services or products for which the trademark will be registered.
•Indication of the persons entitled to use the trademark and their relationship with the applicant.
For more information, please contact AGIP Office in Saudi Arabia at email@example.com
ALGIERS – The Algerian National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI) has recently issued new regulations stipulate that the use of class headings as the list of goods in trademark applications will no longer be accepted in Algeria.
Trademark applications with class heading will be refused because each claimed list of goods and/or services should be specified in details to avoid any possible rejection during the examination phase.
For more information, please contact our office in Algeria at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALGIERS – Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) as the leading global IP firm providing Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protection, provides a new service in Algeria tightening trademarks’ owners protection against the unauthorized importation of goods bearing trademarks or logos identical or similar to their trademarks.
Recordation with the Directorate General of Customs in Algeria is one of the most effective procedures for enforcing IPRs in Algeria. As a prerequisite, trademarks’ owners have to register their trademarks with Algeria Trademark Office under the authority of Algerian Ministry of Industry first and then record the trademarks with the Directorate General of Customs.
Upon this recordation, the Customs officials across all Algerian Customs border points shall have the right to stop and seize any goods found to bear similar or identical trademark(s) to the original ones.
The recordation procedures are very simple, and AGIP helps trademarks’ owners maximize their protection at the borders. To record your IPRs through AGIP, you need to submit the following required documents:
- Engagement (in French Language) to be dated, signed and stamped by the client and legalized by the Algerian Embassy.
- POA to be dated, signed and stamped by the client and legalized by the Algerian Embassy.
- Copy of the certificate of registration of the trademark.
- Minimum of 70 photos of the products and their packaging with all description (weight, length, width, technical data sheet)
For assistance with the recordation process with the Algerian Customs, please contact our office in Algeria at the following address:
Address: Centre Commercial et d'Affaires (El-Qods) 9th Floor, Office No. 09-22
P.O. Box: 148, Cheraga, Algiers, Algeria
Contact Person: Tarek FOURY (Mr.)
BEIJING - Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in China refers to the measures taken by Chinese Customs according to the law preventing the import and export of infringing goods. Chinese Customs comprise the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) and local customs offices nationwide. There are two modes of protection, namely “protection on request” and “protection ex officio”. Recently, nine of China’s authorities including the Supreme People’s Court and the State Administration for Market Regulation jointly released the Opinions on Strengthening the Destruction of Infringing and Counterfeit Goods.
The Opinions address long-standing issues regarding the destruction of confiscated goods and counterfeits which infringe Intellectual Property Rights by disposing of the goods in accordance with laws and regulations, to prevent the return of the goods to the marketplace; and disposing of the goods in a harmless manner, to prevent pollution during the destruction process and strictly prohibit any re-circulation of the goods.
In this regard, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) helps clients record their Intellectual Property Rights with Chinese Customs, as the first frontier in the fight against counterfeiting and infringement. Once a trademark is recorded with Chinese Customs, the entrance of infringing products will be closely controlled and the owners will be immediately notified of any such incidents.
For further details on our recordation service with Chinese Customs, please contact AGIP office in China via email: email@example.com
RAMALLAH - The Palestinian Government has amended the third article of the Patents and Industrial Designs Law No. 22 for the year 1953 related to Agents registration.
Amending the agents’ registration fees is a step to establish a Registry for Industrial Property Agents in the West Bank, which will be activated as from January 1, 2021.
For further information, please contact AGIP West Bank office at firstname.lastname@example.org
NICOSIA – As per the new Trade Mark IP Law issued in Cyprus on June 2020, new official fees of trademark services have been adopted by Cyprus Trademark Office.
The new official fees have been imposed for all trademark services, including filing, registration, publication, etc…., and have been published in the official gazette.
For more information in this regard, please contact us at email@example.com
DAMASCUS - Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) is committed to clients satisfaction through providing consistently high quality services coupled with the competitive charges. Thus, AGIP decided to reduce the fees for trademark renewal in Syria.
The professional fees for trademark renewal service provided by AGIP Office in Syria will be reduced by 31%.
AGIP Office in Syria provides clients with comprehensive IP services to protect and enforce their trademarks in the market. For any inquiry, kindly contact AGIP Office in Syria at the following address:
Address: Trade Marks Agencies (Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property - TMP Agents) Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Building - Kafersoseh Villas Organization zone - The Southern Highway
P.O. Box: 31000 Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Telephone: +963 11 214 0160 +963 11 214 0161
Fax: +963 11 214 0162
Contact: Mohammad Ammar Azmeh (Mr.)
BEIRUT – The devastating explosion in Beirut's port has left much of the National Office for the Protection of Intellectual Property destroyed, impacting the services provided by the Office.
The Office announced that it will not receive new applications, and will remain closed to the public until further notice.
In this regard, we assure our clients that our office in Lebanon is still operational and receives clients’ communications, instructions, applications to guarantee immediate filing and response in due time.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and advise our clients immediately once we are informed of any change.
Furthermore, we will offer our services for the reconstruction of Beirut IP office both physically and data-wise because we have in our database all that is needed for them to operate. We have done similarly after the Lebanese civil war in 1991.
AMMAN – The Industrial Property Protection Directorate (IPPD), affiliate to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply in Jordan has decided to activate Article 20 of the Jordanian Patent Regulation, where it is required to pay examination fees.
According to a circulation received from the IPPD, the decision will be implemented with a retroactive effect on all pending applications filed starting from December 9, 2018, as long as their filing formalities are completed.
Accordingly, it is now expected by all patent applicants to attend to the examination payment for all their pending applications, otherwise, the Registrar will send an invitation to the applicant requesting him to pay the fees for examination of the patent within 60 days, and non-compliance with the same will result in abandoning the application.
For more information, please contact AGIP Jordan office at firstname.lastname@example.org
RIYADH – For the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, a sound trademark has been registered in the Kingdom, entering a new IP era in which non-traditional trademarks are granted protection.
The first sound trademark certificate has been issued by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) in accordance with the new GCC trademark law effective in Saudi Arabia since September 2016. Article 2 of the Law extends the subject matter of trademark to smell marks and sound marks, suggesting that it is possible to have registrations of such marks.
Applicants wishing to register sound trademark in Saudi Arabia may submit their sound trademarks in the form of a musical note, a written description or MP3 file, provided that the said trademark is distinctive and unique.
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) represents businesses on various trademark issues, covering registration, prosecution, licensing and counseling. For any advice on trademark matters in Saudi Arabia, please contact our office located in Riyadh at the following address:
Address: King Fahd Road - Olaya District - Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
P.O.Box 9767, Riyadh 11423, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Telephone: (00 966-11) 464 2936
Fax: (00 966-11) 465 2713
Contact: Ma'an Al-Khen (Mr)
MANAMA - The Value Added Tax (VAT) Law in Bahrain has been issued under the Royal Decree No. (48) of 2018 on October 6, 2018.
A VAT rate of 5% will be applied in Kingdom of Bahrain, effective from January 1, 2019.
The new VAT rate will be applicable on all Intellectual Property (IP) matters (trademarks, patents and industrial designs) as non-governmental charges.
Accordingly, our invoices for all IP matters in Bahrain, issued as of the aforesaid date, will reflect the new VAT rate of 5%.
For more information, please contact our office in Bahrain at: email@example.com
KUWAIT – Kuwait has upgraded its system and switched from manual filing of renewal applications to an online system. As per the current practice, trademark renewals will be submitted electronically; however, renewal certificates will be issued manually for the time being. The renewal certificates are expected to be issued electronically as well on later stage.
The new system is partially implemented and it would be fully operational within coming few months.
In case the trademark is renewed by different agent of filing, official fees of (US $ 35.00) will be paid. AGIP does not add any charges on these official fees.
For more information, please contact AGIP office in Kuwait at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON – Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), represented by its Hungary office manager, Ms. Georgina Busku, participated in IAM Pharma and BioTech IP Summit, which was held in London, UK, February 8-9, 2018.
The event, which was held under the title: “IP Strategies for the New Political and Legislative Landscape”, brought together leading IP experts from across life sciences. Participants discussed the latest IP strategies for thriving at a time when regulatory and legislative changes are significantly affecting business models.
Commenting on her participation in this event. Ms. Georgina said: “It was a very successful event, and a great opportunity to meet with associates, decision makers and experts from across the IP industry to discuss the latest IP strategies.”
YAOUNDE - Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) inaugurated a new office in the Republic of Cameroon, in Yaoundé, to provide its clientele with various professional services mainly consulting, training and translation services among others.
HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh declared that the opening of the new office in the Republic of Cameroon aims, at meeting the demand for TAG-Org's various range of services, mainly in the fields of ISO certification consultation services, legal services in addition to consulting for establishing small and medium-sized enterprises.
The office will also offer various professional, qualifying and training courses in the Republic of Cameroon to help in developing human resources and provide the most advanced tools in the fields of knowledge and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh affirmed that the establishment of the office comes in line with the Organization’s expansion strategy to be present in every region throughout the world and facilitate access to its services at a global level. |
To benefit from ‘Talal Abu-Ghazaleh for Consulting and Training’ office in Cameroon, clients can visit the office’s headquarters in Yaoundé, 3rd Floor, Building CFC, Boulevard du 20 Mai, or directly contact Mr. Tanwie Walson Emmanuel via email: email@example.com.
It’s worth mentioning Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) is the largest global group of professional service firms offering services in the fields of Accounting External Audit, Internal Audit, Corporate Governance, Taxation, Educational Consultancy, Economic and Strategic Studies, Management Advisory Services, Professional and Technical Training, Technology Transfer Project Management, Real Estate, Management, Investors and Business Advisory Services, Human Resources and Recruitment Services, E-Government, E-Commerce, E-Education, IT and Security Audit, Web Design, Professional Interpretation and Translation, Website Arabization, Domain Names Registration, ICT Strategic Planning, ERP Consulting Services, IT and Internet Skills Training and Examinations, Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Management, Legal Services, among others.