Entries by Woodwu

New Zealand: Update to Trademark Practice Guidelines

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) has updated trademark practice guidelines. Specifically, Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has updated amendments to trademark applications and authorization of agency requirements for mergers.

Accelerated Examination Finally Available in France!

The French Patent Office (INPI) is now accepting request for accelerated examination for certain French patent applications or utility certificates. Applications requested for accelerated examination may now be issued within 20 months from filing instead of the usual 30 to 40 months from filing. To qualify for accelerated examination, application and request must meet the […]

Cooperation between JPO and USPTO regarding Classification for Patents and Designs ~Japan applicants can obtain more secure rights in the United States~

On February 23, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) signed Memorandums of Cooperation regarding classification in the fields of intellectual property (patents and designs). Through this cooperation between the JPO and the USPTO, Japanese applicants can acquire more secure patent and design rights in the United […]