The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante has issued a Common Communication together with the DPMA and other European patent and trade mark offices describing how the ECJ's judgment on IP Translator of 19 June 2012 will be complied with by trade mark offices of the European Union in future. This is to harmonise the implementation of the judgment and thus to ensure legal certainty for the competent authorities as well as the economic operators.
Patent applicants can continue to request an accelerated examination of their applications at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and at the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program launched on 1 March 2012 - and initially limited to one year - has been extended for two more years until 1 March 2015.
The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) has updated the guidelines for the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) request procedure in order to harmonise the procedures of the national patent offices participating in PPH at an international level. A significant change is the standardised request form for all PPH partner offices valid from now on.
As of now, data relating to German trade marks and trade mark applications can be searched in the search system TMview of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) in addition to the electronic trade mark register DPMAregister of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA).
The data records for more than 1.6 million IP rights required for this are provided to the OHIM by the DPMA on a daily basis. Thereby, more than 9 million trade marks and trade mark applications of all participating European offices can be searched in TMview.
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