EPO: Germany ratifies the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court
This 17 February, Germany became the 17th Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification with the Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The step marks the successful completion of the necessary ratification procedures by the participating EU member states.
CNIPA: Authorities Pledge to Strengthen IP Protection, Hasten Patent, Trademark Applications
China’s top intellectual property regulator pledged to ensure stronger intellectual property protection and accelerate reviews of patent and trademark applications this year to better contribute to the country’s high-quality development and respond to the demands of innovators.
IPOPHL: New trademark rules for protecting non-traditional marks, mandating online transactions take effect
Replacing the revised trademark regulations of 2017, the new rules under Memorandum Circular (MC) 2023-001 prepared by the Bureau of Trademarks (BOT) took effect on 14 February 2023.MC 2023-001 institutionalizes the protection of non-traditional visual marks.