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Haiti starts using HDB in TMclass

While increasing its participation in TMclass, the Industrial Property Service of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Haiti (SPIMCI) started using and accepting terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass with effect from 13 June 2022.

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Madrid users can now get certified documents from Int’l Register in digital format

Users of the Madrid System can now request digital version of certified documents like attestations, copies of certificates and extracts, stamped with the official seal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Zambian trademark data now available on TMview

On 13 June 2022, the Patents and Companies Registration Agency of Zambia (PACRA) made its trademark data available via TMview, an online search tool that allows users to access the databases of all participating trademark offices.

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Czech Republic accedes to Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement

On 2 June 2022, the Government of the Czech Republic acceded to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (“Geneva Act”) by depositing its instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Japanese IP Office joins Madrid e-Filing community

On 1 June 2022, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) launched Madrid e-Filing system for its national applicants who want to protect their marks abroad under the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks, thus becoming the 17th intellectual property office to offer this facility.

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Kenya postpones recordals of IP rights for imports

On 24 May 2022, the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority issued an announcement that the deadline to commence recordals for imports in Kenya has been extended from 1 July 2022 to 1 January 2023.

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Madrid Protocol fees revised for San Marino

Under the provisions of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization on 22 June 2022 notified revised individual fees applicable when San Marino is designated in an international application or in an application for renewal of international registration or is a subject of subsequent designation.

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USPTO starts issuing electronic trademark registration certificates

On 24 May 2022 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it started issuing official electronic trademark registration certificates, which will replace the paper registration certificates, from that date.

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International Bureau reminds users to provide e-mail IDs

The International Bureau (IB) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has reminded its users to provide electronic mail (e-mail) addresses to receive its electronic communications.

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WIPO publishes new “Guide to the Madrid System”

The World Intellectual Property Organization has published the new “Guide to the Madrid System” and is now available on the WIPO website.

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