JAH & Co. IP would like to inform its valued clients and associates of the latest updates in various countries:
A new electronic system has been introduced in this jurisdiction for the filing of trademarks on an online platform. The salient features include the submitting of the applications with POAs online and also the provision of adding conditions to the application; eg. disclaiming use of exclusive words etc. It is also meant to add flexibility to the local agents in handling such cases; furthermore it is anticipated the system would be expanded to include all trademark related procedures in the near future.
The Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision to increase the official fees of several patent related services, including the fees for substantive examination. These fees went into effect retroactively for all new patent applications filed on or after February 13, 2017. The patent examination fees have been increased from EGP 7,000 to EGP 17,530 and are expected to be revised on an annual basis.
The Indian government announced new Trade Marks Rules, 2017 thereby repealing the Trade Marks Rules, 2002. The new Rules aim to simplify and streamline the trademark registration process and upgrade the system to the international standards with an increase in official fees:
- Fees for filing trademark application for one mark in one class is increased from Rs. 4000 (USD 61) to Rs. 9000 (USD 138).
- The renewal fees for one mark in one class increased from Rs. 5000 (USD 75) to Rs. 9000 (USD 138).
- While there is only nominal increase in official fees for filing the notice of opposition from Rs. 2500 (USD 38) to Rs. 2700 (USD 41), the fees for filing counter-statement to notice of opposition increased from Rs. 1000 (USD 15 ) to Rs. 2700 (USD 41).
- Lower official fees proposed for individuals, start-ups and small entities and not yet declared
Despite the above increase in Official Fees JAH & Co. IP will maintain its professional charges without change.
In case you have any inquiries concerning the above, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org