CNCPI english versionhttp://uk.cncpi.frCNCPIUKcncpi.fr60<![CDATA[EPO - Christoph Ernst to be next EPO Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs]]><div><img alt="" src="" style="width: 120px; height: 60px; margin: 10px 15px; float: left;" /><span style="font-size: 14.4px;">The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, in a meeting chaired by the Council&#39;s Deputy Chairman, Josef Kratochv&iacute;l, has appointed <strong>Christoph Ernst</strong> Vice-President of the European Patent Office&#39;s (EPO) Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs. Mr Ernst will succeed fellow German Raimund Lutz. The appointment is for five years starting on 1 January 2019.&nbsp;</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 14.4px;">Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 14.4px;">Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></span></div><![CDATA[October 29th, 2018 - Paris Le DéfenseCase Law EPI roadshow]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="height:120px; width:500px" /></p> <p>The <strong>&quot;Case Law&quot; seminars</strong> will provide you with an overview of the most recent key decisions and developments in the EPO&rsquo;s board of appeal case law. This collection of lectures offers a range of subjects, including procedural and substantive topics, and with a mixture of general-interest and more field-specific topics.</p> <p>Organised by the <strong>epi </strong>with the support of the <strong>EPO Boards of the Appeal</strong> and the <strong>European Patent Academy</strong>, the seminar also includes the demonstration of a mock EPO Oral Proceedings.</p> <p>The speakers are <strong>Chris Mercer</strong> and <strong>Thomas Pott</strong>, who are <em>epi experts</em>, and <strong>Kemal Bengi-Akyuerek</strong>, who is a <em>technical </em>and <strong>Jean Geschwind</strong>, who is a <em>legal member of the Boards of Appeal</em>.</p> <p>The seminar will include discussion of the most recent Enlarged Board of Appeal decisions and other recent significant board of appeal case law, which every patent attorney should have in mind during examination proceedings, as well as during opposition and appeal proceedings.</p> <p><strong>Target Group</strong><br /> The seminar is intended for patent attorneys, heads and members of patent and legal departments and attorneys at law.</p> <p>All informations, registration, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPI</a></p><![CDATA[November 29 & 30, 2018 - StrasbourgCEIPI - Protecting Digital Business Models with digital patents]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:114px; margin:10px 15px; width:250px" />This program, that takes place <strong>in Strasbourg</strong>, is dedicated to train <strong>IP management executives in industry and institutions</strong>.</p> <p>Since 2006 the <strong>MIPLM</strong> program educates IP management skills to IP experts from all over the world.<br /> There is a growing and devel&shy;oping best practice in business orientated IP management.</p> <p>The workshops aim to provide insight into industry specific aspects of IP strategy development, practical issues in systematic synthetic invention, IP protection of perceived customer benefits and sustainable organizational change in companies.</p> <p>The workshop program is mainly addressed to IP professionals, but it is also open for graduate students who are interested in these topics.</p> <p>The framework is designed for inspired discussions and networking.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">program</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">agreement</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Deadline for enrolment : 26 October 2018.</strong></p> <p>For further information, please contact:</p> <ul> <li>&nbsp;Ms. <strong>Isabelle Christ</strong> for administrative questions/registration, <a href="">click here</a></li> <li>&nbsp;Mr. <strong>Thibaud Lelong</strong> for questions related to the academic content of the program, <a href="">click here</a></li> </ul> <p>Source <a href="" target="_blank">CEIPI</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><![CDATA[November, 14 to 16, 2018 - New delhi (India)WIPF 2018 - World IP Forum]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="height:148px; width:500px" /></p> <p>The next <strong>World IP Forum</strong> which will take place from <strong>14th to 16th November 2018</strong> at <strong>Hotel Pullman in New Delhi</strong>, Aerocity.</p> <p>The theme for the conference is &#39;Global Innovation 2020: A Strategic Vision for Economic Growth&#39;. This three-day conference will focus on recent developments in Intellectual Property and its syncing with business objectives.</p> <p>On the occasion of this Forum, <strong>Olivier Nicolle</strong>, <strong>French Patent &amp; Trademark Attorney, member of the CNCPI</strong>, will speak on the <strong>Unified Patent Court</strong>.</p> <p>All informations, program, registration, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><![CDATA[WIPO - Introducing the Hague Member Profiles Database]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />On August 31, 2018, <strong>WIPO </strong>launched the all-new <strong>Hague Member Profiles Database for the Hague system</strong>. This e-service offers a portal to the practices and procedures of Hague System members around the world, putting a wealth of vital information at your fingertips.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></p><![CDATA[November 1 to 3, 2018 - Osaka JapanFICPI Osaka Symposium 2018]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="height:284px; width:500px" /></p> <p><strong>FICPI</strong>, <em>the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys</em>, and <strong>FICPI Japan </strong>are organizing its <strong>SYMPOSIUM 2018 in Osaka</strong>.<br /> This event will take place from <strong>November 1-3</strong> at the <strong>Osaka International Convention Center</strong> - 5-3-51 Nakanoshima Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005.</p> <p>Program :</p> <p><strong>Thursday, November 1</strong></p> <ul> <li>15:00-21:00 - Venue : Osaka International Convention Center 4F Event Hall C = Registration</li> <li>19:00-22:00 - Opening Reception - Rihga Royal Hotel 3F Grand Ballrooms &ldquo;Korin no ma&rdquo;<br /> Opening remarks by <strong>Shogo Ohnishi</strong>, <em>President of FICPI JAPAN</em><br /> Welcome speech by <strong>Hirofumi Yoshimura</strong>, <em>Mayor of OSAKA City</em></li> </ul> <p><strong>Friday, November 2</strong></p> <ul> <li>SESSION 1 : Present strategy and future prospect in WIPO and IP5 Oces</li> <li>SESSION 2 : Recent Developments of Counterfeit Goods Border Measures</li> <li>SESSION 3 : Patent Litigation and Validity (TBD)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Saturday, November 3</strong></p> <ul> <li>SESSION 4 :<br /> 1 - How to draft claims for CII (Computer Implemented Invention) in the days of IoT and AI<br /> 2 - Domestic procedure in designated countries under Hague Agreement</li> <li>SESSION 5 :<br /> 1 - How can you address undue breadth of claims after grant? - from the perspectives of challenger and patentee<br /> 2 - Passing O vs. Unfair Competition Prevention Act&nbsp; - Protection of Brand and Design in the fashion eld</li> <li>SESSION 6 : TBD</li> </ul> <p>For <strong>further detail, download the brochure</strong>, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a><br /> <strong>Registration</strong> on FICPI-JAPAN web-site, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">FICPI</a><br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank">FICPI Japan</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><![CDATA[November 2018, 17 to 21 - New Delhi - IndiaAPAA 2018 - Asian Patent Attorneys Association]]><p><br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.cncpi.fr" style="height:101px; width:500px" /></p> <p>The <strong>Indian Group of APAA</strong> is privileged to host the <strong>18th General Assembly and 68th &amp; 69th Council Meetings of APAA</strong> at Aerocity, <strong>New Delhi</strong>.</p> <p>India&rsquo;s first National IPR Policy was released in May 2016. The policy aims to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced IPR system in India which fosters creativity and innovation and thereby promotes entrepreneurship and enhances development.</p> <p>The objectives of the policy include:</p> <ul> <li>increasing public awareness about IPRs and their economic, social and cultural benefits; stimulating creation of IPR in the country;</li> <li>creating a strong legal and legislative framework around IPR and strengthening enforcement;</li> <li>and modernizing administration and management of IPR. All of these objectives rhyme well with what APAA stands for.</li> </ul> <p>Website of the event, program, registration, organization, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><![CDATA[WIPO - Patent Cooperation Treaty Yearly Review - 2018]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />Comprehensive facts, figures and analysis of the international patent system. Special theme: Applicant representatives named in PCT applications<br /> Read and upload the Review, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[WIPO - GII 2018: Which of the World’s Economies Are Innovating Efficiently ?]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />Why do some economies innovate more efficiently than others &ndash; translating their innovation investments into important outputs with greater value for money?<br /> <br /> Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></p><![CDATA[European Parliament - Report with ERRATUM on copyright in the Digital Single Market]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:141px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" /><strong>ERRATUM to the report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market</strong></p> <p>Read the report with ERRATUM, <a href=";reference=A8-2018-0245&amp;format=PDF&amp;language=FR&amp;secondRef=ERR-01-EN" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">European Parliament</a></em></p><![CDATA[WIPO - Global Innovation Index 2018: China Cracks Top 20]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" /><strong>Global Innovation Index 2018: China Cracks Top 20. Top Rankings: Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Singapore, U.S</strong>.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></p><![CDATA[CEIPI - Publication CEIPI-ICTSD n5]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="border-style:solid; border-width:1px; float:left; height:279px; margin:10px 15px; width:250px" /></p> <p>The <strong>Center for International Intellectual Property Studies</strong> (CEIPI) is pleased to announce the publication of the fifth issue in the <a href="" target="_blank">CEIPI/ICTSD series </a>on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System, produced jointly with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).</p> <p>This new issue, <em>Intellectual Property and Digital Trade in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data</em>, <strong>edited by Xavier Seuba, Christophe Geiger and Julien P&eacute;nin</strong>, elaborates on changes in modes of innovation, production and commercialisation of innovation, which are central in current discussions and relate closely to intellectual property law and competition. The chapters of this volume feed the debate, identify the central aspects and may be instrumental at drafting a research agenda.</p> <p>This publication includes contributions of: Keith E. Maskus, Yann M&eacute;ni&egrave;re, Ilja Rudyk, Sean M. O&rsquo;Connor, Catalina Mart&iacute;nez, Peter Bittner, Alissa Zeller, Reto Hilty, Christophe Geiger, Giancarlo Frosio, Oleksandr Bulayenko, Ryan Abbott, Timo Minssen, Jens Schovsbo, Francesco Lissoni, Gabriele Cristelli and Claudia Jamin.</p> <p>Dowload the publication, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">CEIPI</a></em></p><![CDATA[WIPO - 2018 Edition of Classification Guidelines Available Now]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />The <strong>2018 edition of WIPO&rsquo;s Examination Guidelines Concerning the Classification of Goods and Services in International Applications under the Madrid System </strong>(&ldquo;Classification Guidelines&rdquo;) is now available, offering information on the most current examination principles applied by Madrid Registry examiners.</p> <p>Read more, <a href=";utm_campaign=4a20862b73-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_06_08_18&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_bcb3de19b4-4a20862b73-254743801" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></p><![CDATA[EPO - Europe gears up for the Unitary Patent]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:60px; margin:10px 15px; width:120px" /><strong>Conference participants voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package and are eager to see the start of the new system</strong></p> <p>More than 200 representatives of industry, government, academia and the legal profession gathered at the EPO in Munich this week to discuss the latest developments and preparations for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) at a conference hosted by the European Patent Office and organised by Premier Cercle.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[EPO - António Campinos takes over as President of the European Patent Office]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:60px; margin:10px 15px; width:120px" />With a strong record of 20 years of executive leadership experience in the Intellectual Property field, the Portuguese national was elected <strong>President in October 2017 by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation</strong>, the EPO&#39;s legislative body, for a five-year term.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[European Parliament - Report - Copyright in the Digital Single Market]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:141px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" /><strong>Committee on Legal Affairs</strong><br /> <strong>REPORT on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market</strong></p> <p>Read the Report, <a href=";reference=A8-2018-0245&amp;format=PDF&amp;language=EN" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">European Parliament</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[European Parliament - Report - Three-dimensional printing, a challenge in the fields of IP rights and civil liability]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:141px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />Read the report, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">European Parliament</a></em></p><![CDATA[EPO - The winners of the European Inventor Award 2018]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:60px; margin:10px 15px; width:120px" /><strong>Outstanding inventors from France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and the US honoured with European Inventor Award 2018</strong></p> <p>The winners of the European Inventor Award 2018 are:</p> <ul> <li>Industry - Agn&egrave;s Poulbot and Jacques Barraud&dagger; (France) &quot;Auto-regenerating&quot; tyre tread</li> <li>Research - Jens Frahm (Germany) Faster, real-time MRI</li> <li>Non-EPO countries - Esther Sans Takeuchi (United States) Batteries to reset the heart</li> <li>Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - Jane n&iacute; Dhulchaointigh and team (Ireland) Sugru: multi-purpose mouldable glue</li> <li>Popular Prize - Erik Loopstra (Netherlands) and Vadim Banine (Netherlands/Russia) EUV lithography for smaller, more powerful microchips</li> <li>Lifetime achievement - Ursula Keller (Switzerland) Ultrafast pulsed lasers</li> </ul> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:223px; width:500px" /><br /> <em>Cr&eacute;dit photo EPO</em><br /> The finalists of the European Inventor Award 2018 on stage at the award ceremony , together with EPO President Beno&icirc;t Battistelli, Jury chairman Thierry Breton, and Micha&euml;lle Jean, Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.</p> <p>More informations, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></em></p><![CDATA[NEWS from 19 May 2018 - Conference The impact of Brexit on IP law in the EU - Seattle (USA)]]><p>A conference, <strong>The impact of Brexit on IP law in the EU</strong>, was held in <strong>Seattle </strong>on 19 May 2018 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel prior to the opening of <strong>INTA</strong>.<br /> This conference was organized by <strong>CNCPI</strong>, the <strong>Paris Bar</strong>, <strong>CEIPI </strong>and <strong>AFPI</strong>, in partnership with <strong>INPI</strong>, <strong>UNIFAB </strong>and <strong>AACEIPI</strong>.</p> <p>The opening speeches were delivered by <strong>Guyl&egrave;ne Kiesel Le Cosquer</strong>, <em>President of the CNCPI</em>, <strong>Pierre Hoffman</strong>, <em>Member of the Paris Bar</em>, and <strong>Charlotte Beaumatin</strong>, <em>INPI Regional Counselor for the United States</em>, based at the French Embassy in Washington.</p> <p>The programme was designed by <strong>Charlotte Montaud</strong>, <em>Member of the Bureau of the CNCPI</em> and <strong>Yann Basire</strong>, <em>Associate Professor, University of Haute-Alsace, Associate Professor at CEIPI, Secretary of the AFPI</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Three pairs from several continents presented the following topics:</p> <ul> <li>The future of the unitary rights (trademarks and designs)</li> <li>The fate of the Unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court</li> <li>The consequences of Brexit on the rules of the common market (exhaustion of rights, transit, agreements...)</li> </ul> <p>Then, a round table of 9 speakers and a moderator responded to the theme <strong>&quot;The expectations of practitionners&quot;</strong>.<br /> These presentations were followed by discussions with participants.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:333px; width:500px" /></p> <p>From left to right, standing :<br /> <strong><em>Pierre Hoffman</em></strong> (France), <em><strong>Pr. Sean O&#39;Connor</strong></em> (USA), <strong><em>Luis Alfonso Duran</em></strong> (Spain), <em><strong>Delphine Sarfati</strong></em> (France), <em><strong>Yann Basire</strong></em> (France), <em><strong>G&eacute;raldine Arbant</strong></em> (France), <em><strong>Christophe Pel&egrave;se</strong></em> (France), <em><strong>Stephen Jones</strong></em> (Great Britain), <em><strong>Alvaro Loureiro Oliveira</strong></em> (Brazil), <em><strong>Kathleen Lemieux</strong></em> (Canada), <em><strong>Sylvain Thivillier</strong></em> (Germany), <em><strong>Edouard Treppoz</strong></em> (France), <strong><em>Ina Schreiber</em></strong> (France), <em><strong>Eleonore Gaspar</strong></em> (France).<br /> Front row :<br /> <strong><em>Pr. Toshiko Takenaka</em></strong> (USA), <strong><em>Eleonora Rosati</em></strong> (Italy), <strong><em>Guyl&egrave;ne Kiesel Le Cosquer</em></strong> (France), <em><strong>Shoko Tsuitsui</strong></em> (Japan)</p> <p>This event, which brought together nearly 200 participants, was a success.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:198px; width:500px" /></p><![CDATA[UPC-EPO - Ratification update - United Kingdom ratifies Unified Patent Court Agreement]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:110px; margin:10px 15px; width:163px" />This year has begun well for the project with Latvia ratifying in January and the <strong>UK ratifying the UPCA on 26 April</strong>.&nbsp; In addition, there are a number of&nbsp; contracting states who have ratified the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities over the last few months.</p> <p>Details of the latest ratifications can be found <a href=";DocLanguage=en" target="_blank">here</a><br /> Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><strong>EPO - April 26, 2018</strong><br /> The United Kingdom has announced on April, 26 that it has deposited the instruments of ratification of the Agreement relating to the Unified Patent Court (UPCA). This now brings the total number of ratifications to sixteen. Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><br /> <span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source<a href="" target="_blank"> EPO</a><br /> Source <a href="" target="_blank">UPC</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[WIPO - World Intellectual Property Day 2018 Celebrates Women’s Accomplishment]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />Geneva, April 26, 2018</p> <p><strong>WIPO - World Intellectual Property Day 2018 Celebrates Women&rsquo;s Accomplishment : New WIPO Figures Show Highest-Ever Rate of Women Inventors, but Gender Gap Persists</strong></p> <p>The fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry show the highest rates of women named as inventors in international patent applications filed via WIPO, new figures indicate, as World IP Day 2018 celebrates women driving positive change across the globe.</p> <p>Read the press release, <a href=";utm_campaign=a27f65ffa9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_25&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_bcb3de19b4-a27f65ffa9-254743801" target="_blank">click here</a><br /> World Intellectual Property Day &ndash; April 26, 2018, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[Brexit - Joint statement from the representatives of national IP Attorneys of EU countries]]><p>A joint statement from the <strong>CNCPI </strong>and the <strong>Representatives of national Intellectual Property Attorneys of European Union</strong> (EU) countries regarding the negotiations concerning the <strong>United Kingdom&rsquo;s exit from the EU concerning Trade Marks, Designs and the right of representation of UK practitioners before EUIPO and the European Court of Justice</strong> has been published.</p> <p>These matters do not only affect the IP Community, but also the EU, the companies located within the EU and outside of it, as well as consumers.</p> <p>The CNCPI and the representatives of national Intellectual Property Attorneys of European Union (EU) countries wish to emphasize the importance of IP for the economy in Europe, both in the EU generally and in the UK in the post-Referendum situation.</p> <p>Download french version, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a><br /> Download english version, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p><![CDATA[EPO - EPO and AIPPI discuss strategic objectives]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:60px; margin:10px 15px; width:120px" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="" style="height:84px; width:120px" /><br /> <br /> High-level representatives and experts from the <strong>EPO</strong>, led by <em>President</em> <strong>Beno&icirc;t Battistelli</strong>, met with the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (<strong>AIPPI</strong>) Bureau headed by its <em>President</em> <strong>Hao Ma</strong> at the EPO headquarters in Munich.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></em></span></p><![CDATA[EPO - 40 years of professional representation before the EPO]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="height:60px; margin-left:15px; margin-right:15px; width:120px" /> &nbsp; <img alt="" src="" style="height:76px; width:116px" /></p> <p><strong>EPO </strong><em>President </em><strong>Beno&icirc;t Battistelli</strong> joined <strong>Francis Leyder</strong>, <em>President of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO</em> (epi) and <strong>Christian Cardona</strong>, the <em>Maltese Minister for Economy</em>, Investment and Small Businesses, to celebrate the <strong>epi&#39;s 40th anniversary</strong>.<br /> <br /> Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p>Source <a href="" target="_blank">EPO</a></p><![CDATA[WIPO - The United Kingdom Joins the Hague System]]><p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:143px; margin:10px 15px; width:200px" />On March 13, 2018, the <strong>Government of the United Kingdom</strong> deposited its instrument of<strong> ratification of the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement </strong>with <em>WIPO&rsquo;s Director General</em> <strong>Francis Gurry</strong>.</p> <p>This makes the United Kingdom the 54th member of the 1999 Act and 68th member of the Hague Union. The 1999 Act will enter into force in the United Kingdom on June 13, 2018.</p> <p>Read more, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px"><em>Source <a href="" target="_blank">WIPO</a></em></span></p>