Japan Patent Office issues new guideline
The Japan Patent
has introduced a new procedure that will allow applicants
to use the patent prosecution highway (PPH) request form to
file their patent applications.
The PPH is a collaborative programme between patent offices
that aims to speed up the processing of patent applications.
There are a number
of PPH initiatives in operation. Last month the German
Patent Office joined the Global
Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot, expanding the GPPH
list to 21 participating offices.
Obama in Africa to promote innovation and
"I wanted to
be here because Africa is on the move. Africa is one of the
fastest growing regions of the world." Those were the words of
US President Barack Obama during his visit to Kenya last month
for the sixth Global
Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).
The GES convenes people to connect, share ideas and support
innovation and entrepreneurship. This was the second GES in
Africa since the
inaugural summit in 2010, and IP was also discussed. In
fact it was the topic of the first workshop, and IP enthusiasts
Twitter to say a thing or two about the event (also see
here). Photos of the two-day event can be viewed
BASCAP report on IP in Nigeria
Promoting and protecting IP in Nigeria’ is the
title of a report published last month by the ICC, under its
Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)
initiative. The report argues that protection and enforcement
of IP rights can contribute to Nigeria’s economic
development. The report cites Nollywood, Nigeria’s
film industry, as an example.
"Developing countries such as Nigeria may benefit from the
new developments arising from a robust IP protection regime in
the same way as more industrialized countries," the report
said. It summarises data on IP infringement and sectors most
affected by it; the state of IP law and practice in Nigeria;
and concludes with policy and legislative recommendations.
Global patent system discussed at WIPO
Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
met last week to discuss - among other issues - work
sharing programmes among patent offices, studies on patenting
requirements and revisions to the
1979 WIPO Model Law for Developing Countries on Inventions
IP-Watch reports that developing and developed countries
were divided over
the agenda for the meeting, and future work, and whether
revising the MLI (a guide that predates the TRIPs Agreement)
Various proposals for revision were submitted to the SCP.
The US argued against any weakening of patent laws and called
for a comprehensive study into the impact of patent protection
on access to medicines. See a video of the meeting here.
Submit or lose trade mark rights in Angola
Angola is an important
market in Africa, thanks to its natural resources. We
understand that the Angolan Institute of Industrial Property
(AIIP) has issued a notification calling on trade mark owners
with official numbers 1 to 5000 to re-submit certain
verification documents so that the Office can update its
records. The deadline for this is September 28, 2015.
Failure to comply with the requirements of the notice may
lead to loss of trade mark registration. More details on this
can be found
Brand owners can challenge company name registration in
A Federal High Court in Nigeria has ruled that the Corporate Affairs Commission
(CAC), a body responsible for regulating company activities in
Nigeria including registration, has the power to mandate a
company to change its name on the register or remove such name
if it conflicts with an earlier trade mark right.
There is no
Company Names Tribunal in Nigeria. The ruling is a welcome
development for brand owners operating in Nigeria considering
the huge volume of trade mark and company name registrations in
the country. This news was reported
A patent for P2P live streaming
Bram Cohen’s patent application for his
invention (for a protocol for streaming content in peer-to-peer
(P2P) networks) has been
granted by the USPTO, Torrentfreak
Cohen, founder of BitTorrent, hopes that his P2P live
streaming technology will help content companies solve the
problem of delay in live streaming over the internet, and
reduce the cost of doing so.