Settle the outstanding annuities, or no new patent filings will be allowed – the DGIP’s latest move to ensure all debts are settled

In the past few days, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property of the Republic of Indonesia (the DGIP)  has sent notices to foreign patent owners with regard to the patent holders’ obligations to pay the outstanding annuities within 6 months. Failure to pay up the ‘debt’ caused by the outstanding annuities will result in the…

Trademark Application in Tonga

Tonga has its own independent registration system. Re-registration of UK marks is no longer permitted but applicants may claim priority rights in Tonga of its UK or other international application. Priority rights may be claimed within 6 months of the filing of the application in the UK/ other international jurisdiction which are members of the…

Trademark Application in Samoa

When it comes to trademark application in Samoa, there are no provisions for re-registration of foreign marks, but applicants may claim priority rights in Samoa of their trademarks registered in foreign jurisdictions. Priority rights may be claimed within 12 months of the filing of the application in the foreign jurisdiction which is a member of…

Trademark Application in Fiji

Trademark application in Fiji is either national or based on a national UK registration certificate issued by the United Kingdom Comptroller-General (and not an EU or Madrid registration). Applications for independent registration undergo examination and advertising for opposition before registration, whereas “UK-based” applications are to be registered as of right without examination, advertising or opposition.…

The House of Representatives Passed the New Patent Law; Local Inventors to Receive Royalties and Subsidized Annuity Fees

The House of Representatives passed the new Patent Law during the general assembly at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on July 28, 2016. The new Patent Law is hoped to ensure the national technology development as well as providing both local and international inventors with more certainty of law. The new Patent Law is…