For the 11th consecutive year the Bulgarian magazine "Legal World" organized the competition "Lawyer of the Year". Traditionally, the award ceremony is attended by prominent magistrates, constitutional judges, members of the SJC and its Inspectorate, lawyers and other legal professions, non-governmental human rights organizations, lawmakers, and representatives of the central media.
The "Lawyer of the Year" Awards is a benchmark for quality in law. Over the years, magistrates and lawyers have been awarded the "Lawyer of the Year Award" in various categories, with a major contribution to the legal sphere. This year, "IUSAUTHOR" intellectual property law office is nominated as "the law firm of the year in Bulgaria" for the past 2018. The award ceremony was on May 8, 2019. from 19.00h. in Sofia, Grand Hotel Sofia.
Today in the National Palace of Culture in Sofiq, Bulgaria, meeting hall 8, has been held the international conference „The Industrial Property Today and Tomorrow“, under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, organized in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization /WIPO/ and the European Patent Office /EPO/. Welcome and opening remarks delivered Mr .Valeri Simeonov, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, in charge of the economic and demographic policy, Vice Minister of Economy Mr. Lachezar Borisov, Mr. Petko Nikolov, Phd, President of the Bulgarian Patent Office, Mr. Francis Gurry, PhD, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization /WIPO/, Mr. Benoit Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office /EPO/, Mr. Christian Archambeau, Deputy Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office /EUIPO/. The President of the Bulgarian Patent Office Mr. Petko Nikolov opened the conference and thanked all participants for coming to Bulgaria and attending the forum: „We are fully aware of the responsibility, which the Presidency and this respected forum present for us as hosts and I really hope that we will justify your expectations”. In his speech Mr. Simeonov mentioned that the quality and potential of a given economy depend on development of the scientific and technologic database of the country, as well as on its entrepreneurship. Vice Minister Borisov shared that the industrial property is of key importance for building of the present society and for creating new, highly qualitative goods and services. Mr. Gurry noted that Bulgaria had made great progress in the field of intellectual property in the past 20 years. The global innovation landscape had changed with Asian countries playing a more prominent role, notably China, which has been driving a significant growth in patent applications. Mr. Battistelli – The innovation sector in Europe is continuing to grow. More applications were filed by European inventors than ever before. EPO has been able to deliver more patents while continuing to increase the quality of its patents and services and careful control of costs allowed EPO to reduce some fees from 1 April”. Mr. Archambeau from EUIPO stressed on the economic importance of the application of the IP Rights; ‘’Today IP rights are everywhere and strongly impact the economic growth. Nowadays is going the 3rd industrial revolution in which the artificial intelligence plays the major role” Guests of today’s conference are presidents and representatives of patent offices from 25 European countries. Divided in to plenary sessions, it presents the most recent cases and developments within the patent system and the EU system for protection of the trade mark.
The site www.inventerhub.com is a new and modern electronic tool that focuses on the marketing and presentation of already existing intellectual property objects. The site is focused on the licensing and sale of trademarks, industrial designs, patents and artworks. At this site you can register your copyright as well and to provide your artwork for licensing, you can search for a producer or investor in your artistic project. At www.inveterhub.com every one can sell also his domain, as well to start arbitration proceedings between trademark and domain name before WIPO.
The European Patent Office (EPO) reveals the fifteen inventors short-listed for this prestigious innovation prize: their work has improved our everyday lives and created economic prosperity
Nominated inventors come from a range of countries and technical fields, from green plastics and oil-spill clean-up, to pharmaceuticals, medical imaging and satellite navigation
Award ceremony will be held on 15 June 2017 in Venice
Five of the six prizes will be decided by an international jury. Popular Prize winner to be selected by the general public via online voting
EPO President Battistelli: "The outstanding inventors nominated for this year's European Inventor Award allow us to honour the men and women who contribute to improving our daily lives. They are among the leading minds of science and research and show that Europe continues to be a world leader in innovation.”
Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Amending Regulation will enter into force on 23 March 2016. From that day, the Office will be called the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the Community trade mark will be called the European Union trade mark.
The Amending Regulation was published on 24 December 2015 and is part of the EU trade mark reform legislative package that also includes the replacement of the existing EU Trade Mark Directive (Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and the Council). On this page you will find: information on the Regulation; links to the texts in 23 languages; latest news; and frequently asked questions.
The General Court of the European Union has rejected a Community Trade Mark application made by The Coca-Cola Company for the shape of its contour bottle without fluting:
Coca-Cola filed an EU-wide trade mark application for the above three-dimensional sign in relation to a range of goods including "metallic, glass and plastic bottles" in December 2011. In March 2014, the OHIM rejected the application for registration on the ground that the mark sought lacked the necessary distinctive character in respect of the goods covered by the application. The OHIM rejected out of hand the argument made by Coca-Cola that the mark was a natural evolution of its iconic contour bottle with fluting:
Coca-Cola appealed the decision of the OHIM and sought an order from the General Court for the annulment of the original decision. The General Court has dismissed Coca-Cola's action in its entirety. The Court has confirmed that the bottle does not possess any characteristics that distinguish it from other bottles on the market. The mark sought to be registered is merely a variation of the shape of a bottle which is not capable of distinguishing the goods of Coca-Cola from others. Consequently, the mark for which registration was sought is devoid of the distinctive character and Coca-Cola failed to establish that the sign had acquired distinctive character through use.
In the absence of evidence that the bottle for which registration was sought is unique to Coca-Cola, either inherently or as a result of the use that has been made of it, the decision of the General Court seems the right one. To grant a trade mark in these circumstances, would give a perpetual monopoly to a company in the shape of a bottle that is either commonplace or, at least, very close to the bottles of others. Such a monopoly would be an abuse of the trade mark registration system in the European Union. It remains to be seen whether Coca-Cola appeal the decision of the General Court to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
As of 14 September 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool.
With the integrations of design data from USPTO, there are now 44 participating offices* in Designview. With the addition of almost 725,000 designs from USPTO, Designview now provides information and access to almost 9 million industrial designs* in total.
Since the introduction of Designview on 19 November 2012, the tool has served about 1.2 million searches from 137 different countries, with users from Germany, Spain and the UK among the most frequent visitors.
On August 5, 2015, the Central Reexamination Division of the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a non-final action in the reexamination (requested anonymously, by Samsung in all likelihood, in mid-2013) of U.S. Design Patent No. 618,677, an iPhone-related design patent. While technically non-final, the odds are long against Apple getting this patent, shortly referred to as "D'677" in the Samsung litigation, upheld. I'm so very skeptical because the USPTO has taken a long time since the filing of the reexamination requests to issue this Office action and, which is far more meaningful, it has determined that this design patent's single claim "stands twice rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103(a) [obviousness], rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103(a)/102(e) [obviousness in connection with a published patent application], and rejected under 35 U.S.C. 102(e)."
Now in its fifth year, the "Boards of appeal and key decisions" conference gives a unique insight into the EPO's case law practice. Many hundreds of participants have already made use of the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and define their position on specific issues.
This year's conference, which will feature chairmen of the boards of appeal, legally and technically qualified members and the chairman of the Enlarged Board of Appeal, will focus on topics such as clarity, the problem-solution approach and recent "G" cases. It will also look at the appeal systems of the IP5 offices.
Companies owning intellectual property rights (IPRs) have, in general, 29% higher revenue per employee, about six times as many employees and pay wages that are up to 20% higher than firms which do not own IPRs.
These are the main findings of a study carried out by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) acting through the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.
The study, which is based on official public financial data from more than 2.3 million European firms, covers companies which own patents, trade marks and designs at both national and EU level.