UPCA: Adjustment of the timeline – Start of the Sunrise Period on 1 March 2023
The initial roadmap foresaw 1 January 2023 as the beginning of the Sunrise Period with an entry into force of the UPCA on 1 April 2023. The additional time is intended to allow future users to prepare themselves for the strong authentication which will be required to access the Case Management System (CMS) and to sign documents.
China: Revised Draft Regulations on the protection of new plant varieties issued for public comment
The revisions aim to align the Regulations with the revised PRC Seed Law, which has been effective since 1 March 2022, and which provides more detailed and wider protection for plant variety rights (PVR) in China.
BPO: New electronic services provided by the Patent Office from December 5
There are 42 new electronic services provided by Patent Office of The Republic of Bulgaria have been started, and 90 existing electronic services have been upgraded. The new services are mainly focused on the Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) and new plant and animal varieties.
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