Classification agreement

OHIM and WIPO sign classification agreement

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and OHIM, the trade marks and designs registration office of the European Union, have reached an important agreement on future cooperation on trade mark classification, which has the potential to lead to a huge expansion of the number of commonly accepted terms for goods and services in IP offices worldwide.

New European Toys Directive much stricter!

The 20 year old Toy directive 88/378/EEC has been replaced by the new European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC that came into force on July 20, 2009. This new directive reckons amongst others with the many novelties that have been introduced on the toy market during the past 20 years.

Simplified design registration

Member States Simplify International Design Registration System
Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. This decision will streamline the administration of the Treaty which offers the possibility to protect designs in several countries by filing one single application (in one language with one set of fees in one currency - Swiss francs). The Hague system also simplifies the subsequent management of industrial design rights.

Oeko-Tex 100 meets CPSIA lead tests

Textile World News has announced that children's textiles and textile-based products that are certified to the Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex Association's Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 meet the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act's (CPSIA's) lead testing requirements.

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Tax reduction for the registration of trade marks

The committee for tax related issues, presided by the European Commission in Brussels has approved a set of measures that will result in a reduction by 40% of the costs related to the protection of trade marks. The OHIM president, Mr. Wubbo de Boer expressed his joy that the member states have voted in favour of these measures in view of reducing the costs of the users and more in particular of SME's.

WIPO attacks backlogs

WIPO Symposium Concludes Global Patent Application Backlogs Unsustainable
Geneva, September 18, 2009
A two-day international symposium concluded on September 18, 2009 with broad agreement on the need to pool efforts at the international level to address the problem of backlogs in patent applications.

USA: important decision concerning Bamboo fibre

Since a few years a significant number of European textile companies are incorporating viscose fibre derived from bamboo in some of their products, with labels claiming specific properties for the fact that bamboo is used as the cellulose source, instead of the wood pulp (beech, pine or eucalyptus) used in European viscose plants. Number of those fabrics are transformed and then exported as garments or home textiles in the USA.

Short guide on geotextile standards

This guide offers a survey of EN and ISO standards related to geotextiles and geotextile-related products (geosynthetic barriers (geomembranes) non included).

European geotextile standards can be roughly divided in product specifications (related to applications) and test methods. This guide will give a summary of the content of the product specifications and a short description of the test methods.

Divisional applications for European Patents

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, composed by its contracting states, has agreed to a proposal from the European Patent Office (EPO) to introduce time limits for the filing of divisional applications.

The EPO proposal was found both adequate and appropriate for dealing with the issues currently being tackled by the EPO within its "Raising the bar" project, namely improving overall quality and enhancing legal certainty while ensuring that legitimate rights and expectations are fully served.