Britain finally decides on a finale, ending a half-century bond and “divorcing” Europe officially on 31 January 2020.
Does this mean that all its problems are solved? Hardly! Some may be wondering what the effect will be on their European Union (EU) Intellectual Property rights. Worry not! This piece is meant to debunk all the qualms, queries and questions of what should come next.
WIPO had an online training on 17 December 2019 and a consultation meeting with IP lawyers on 18 December 2019. We have good news and bad news to share with you:
Bad news first – because why not? Let’s get that out of the way!
We are about two weeks away from closure of the Supplementary Examination Route of patent examination in Singapore. The Circular No. 5/2016, dated 7 December 2016, with the aim of strengthening the Singapore patent regime and increasing the quality of patents being granted announced closure of this route of patent examination.
Myanmar’s new Trademark Law was enacted on 30 January 2019. However, the implementation of the new law has yet to take place and the corresponding regulations have yet to be released. Trademark registrations under the new law will follow the first-to-file rule and further information can be found here and here.
Malaysia recently became the 106th member of the Madrid System.
On 27 September 2019, the Government of Malaysia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO’s Director General.
The date to watch out for is 27 December 2019 – that’s when the Protocol will enter into force for Malaysia.
As the new Trademarks Bill 2019 has been passed in our Parliament and will soon come into force, here is a quick read for all business owners on 7 things they MUST know:
MIMOS retains its top position for two years running, while the rest of the list reveals some surprises and a few new entries: