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DesignEuropa Awards 2016

03rd May, 2016

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises.   Design is a key driver of innovation and growth. Design-intensive industries generate 12% of all jobs in the European Union and almost…

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Russian Visa Application Assistance

30th April, 2016

Russian Visa Free Regime The majority of non-Russian citizens wishing to enter the Russian Federation must bear a valid Russian visa, although there are some exceptions, e.g. citizens of countries which have signed a bilateral visa-free regime agreement with the Russian Federation.   Please click here to view the list…

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Workshop Report - Non-Traditional Ownership of IP Firms

28th April, 2016

A workshop was organized on 11th April 2016 in the framework of a FICPI ExCo meeting in Zurich to gather information from different jurisdictions, how practitioners can work together, which form of associations are allowed, to identify trends and to evaluate collaborations which are clearly not allowed. In a majority…

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Raymond C. Stewart

26th April, 2016

In Memory of Raymond Clarence Stewart Founding partner of the Falls Church, Virginia, intellectual property law firm Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP (BSKB) died 26 April 2016 at a hospital in Fairfax, Virginia after residing the last few years at The Virginian Retirement Community.  Funeral services for Ray Stewart…

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Workshop Report - UPC and UP

25th April, 2016

Unitary Patent (UP) By way of introduction to the workshop, Antonio Pizzoli described the transitional period (the first – at most – 14 years) of the UP system (as illustrated below), including the opt-in/opt-out system for European patents (EP) and the payment regime for the maintenance fees. He noted that…

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Revision of the Korean Patent Act & Trade Mark Act

25th April, 2016

KOREAN PATENT ACT Some notable changes in the Korean Patent Act from the recent amendments will come into effect on 30 June 2016: 1.    Ex parte patent cancellation proceeding Anyone can file a petition to cancel a patent with the KIPTAB (Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board) within six months…

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