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06 Apr
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Suspension of deadlines before OBI pursuant to article 38 par. 5 of Legislative Act of 20.03.2020

The Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI) informs the public that the following rules apply:

  1. Suspension, as of 11.03.2020 and for two (2) calendar months, of all legal deadlines concerning the procedure for granting or registering Industrial Property titles, applicable before  the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation.
  1. The above-mentioned rules explicitly exclude any statutory deadlines for the payment of all kind of fees, whether annual or procedural, before the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI).
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06 Apr
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Suspension of public visits to OBI’s offices aiming to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus

Suspension of public visits to OBI’s offices aiming to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus

As part of the emergency measures taken to avoid the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, public visits to the premises of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation are suspended until a new announcement is issued. The Organisation, will operate for the next weeks with security personnel and the communication will be conducted only by phone or via email at info@obi.gr. Application filing and fees’ payment will be made electronically as applicable.

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12 Mar
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Digital technologies take top spot in European patent applications, according to the EPO Patent Index 2019

Patent statistics published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) show that for the first time in more than a decade digital technologies have taken the lead in patent applications filed. According to the EPO Patent Index 2019, the surge in the fields of digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) is fuelling the sustained growth in patent filings: In 2019, the EPO received well over 181 000 applications in total, 4% more than in 2018 and a new all-time high.

5G and AI as drivers of growth

Among the top technical fields at the EPO, digital communication and computer technology saw the steepest growth, highlighting their key role in driving the digital transformation that is permeating all sectors and industries. Patent applications in digital communication grew by 19.6% in 2019, overtaking medical technology (+0.9%), which had been the most patent-active technology since 2006. This field, which lies at the intersection of telecommunications and computers, includes technologies that are crucial to implementing 5G wireless networks.

EPO Patent Index 2019_Press release

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11 Mar
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

DesignEuropa Awards 2020. Submit your designs!

Now in their third edition, the DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders.

Organised every two years by the EUIPO, the Awards have two categories open for applications and nominations: Small and Emerging Companies and Industry. The Lifetime Achievement category is reserved for designers with a significant body of work, developed over the course of a career, who have had a significant impact on the design profession.

Now in their third edition, the DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders.

Organised every two years by the EUIPO, the Awards have two categories open for applications and nominations: Small and Emerging Companies and Industry. The Lifetime Achievement category is reserved for designers with a significant body of work, developed over the course of a career, who have had a significant impact on the design profession.

The DesignEuropa 2020 call for entries is open until 20 April 2020 (included).

The Awards Ceremony will be held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 20 October 2020 in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

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The Awards Ceremony will be held in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 20 October 2020 in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

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28 Feb
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Defend your rights against infringements – IP Enforcement Portal

After registering your trade mark (or any other intellectual property right (IPR)) you need to ensure that it is not used by anyone else in the market.

Monitor the marketplace by checking the press, trade publications and the web for companies using your trade mark without authorisation. It may be that illegal copies of your products are on sale or that competitors are using marks that are similar, but not identical, to your trade mark.

Customs and police are enforcing intellectual property rights on the front line — at the EU borders and in the internal market. To effectively carry out their task, the enforcement authorities need the active engagement of the rights holders themselves. Cooperation is the most effective weapon: thanks to the information provided by the rights holders, enforcers can identify goods suspected of infringing IPRs more easily and subsequently take the necessary action.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has developed the IP Enforcement Portal to enable rights holders to protect their products against counterfeiting by sharing information on their products, IP rights and contact data with EU enforcement authorities.

In addition, for customs to be able to take action and detain goods suspected of infringing IPR, you need to file a customs application for action. This can be done electronically through the IP Enforcement Portal.

Use of the tool is free, secure and available in the 23 languages of the EU.

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13 Dec
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Cuba joins TMview and DesignView

As of 9 December 2019 the Cuban Office of Industrial Property (OCPI) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and DesignView search tools.

With OCPI on board, TMview now contains data from 72 participating offices and DesignView contains data from 71 participating offices.

With the addition of more than 50.000 trade marks from OCPI, TMview provides information and access to more than 55.7 million trade marks in total. DesignView contains more than 14,8 million designs, including almost 1400 designs from OCPI.

Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 64,1 million searches from 169 different countries, with Spain, China and Germany among the most frequent users. As to DesignView, it went live on 19 November 2012, and has since then served more than 5.1 million searches from 163 different countries, with users from the UK, Germany and China among the most frequent users.

The integrations of OCPI in TMview and Designview are concrete results of the IP Key Latin America programme directed by the European Commission and executed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

You can find out more at www.tmdn.org and www.ipkey.eu

 

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07 Nov
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Ecuador joins DesignView

As of 11 November 2019, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) has made its design data available to the DesignView search tools.

With SENADI on board DesignView now contains data from 70 participating offices.

With the addition of more than 2600 industrial designs from SENADI, DesignView provides information and access to more than 14,8 million designs in total.

Since the introduction of DesignView on 19 November 2012, the tool has served more than 5,1 million searches from 163 different countries, with the UK, Germany and China among the most frequent users.

The integration of SENADI in DesignView is a concrete result of the IP Key Latin America programme directed by the European Commission and executed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

You can find out more at www.tmdn.org and www.ipkey.eu

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04 Oct
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

The termination of the restrictions on cross-border payments originating in Greece, effective as of 1 September 2019, also has an impact on the outstanding fee payments before the European Patent Office (EPO)

The EPO has now published a Notice dealing with further details regarding fee payments originating from Greece [add link to Notice]. In this regard, you must take note of the remedy under Rule 134(5) EPC as well as any other possible remedies to avoid loss of rights, and the qualification, for the purposes of Rule 134(5) EPC, of the 15 October 2019 as the effective date on which the restriction on capital transfers originating in Greece has been terminated.

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27 Sep
By: Vivi Makri 0

Mr. Panagiotis G. Kanellopoulos is the new Director General of the Hellenic Industrial Property Organisation (OBI)

We inform you that according to the Governmental Gazette, GG_ΥΟΔΔ_744_23_09_19, Mr. Panagiotis G. Kanellopoulos is appointed as the new Director General of OBI.

 

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21 Jun
By: Rania Zacharopoulou 0

Cambodia joins DesignView

As from this week Cambodia MIH has made its designs data available to the DesignView search tool.

With Cambodia on board, DesignView, will now contain data from 68 participating offices.

With the addition of 693 designs from Cambodia MIH, DSview provides information and access to more than 14,5 million designs.

Since the introduction of DesignView, that went live on 19 November 2012, the tool has since then served almost 4,4 million searches from 169 different countries, with users from the UK, Germany and China among the most frequent users.

The integrations of Cambodia MIH in Designview is one of the concrete results of the ARISE+ IPR programme directed by the European Commission and executed by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

You can find out more at www.tmdn.org and https://euipoeuf.eu/en/ariseplusipr

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