On a regular base the patent offices publish at the end of Q1 in each year a review on all the patent applications filed during the previous year.
Just recently the European Patent Office has issued an overview of the European patent applications filed in 2021.
On 4 April 2022, the government of the republic of Chile deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its act of accession to the Protocol of the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”).
On 31 January 2022, Iraq has declared its accession to the PCT Agreement.
Its membership will enter into force on 30 April 2022.
20 years after the end of the Iraq war, this marks a further normalization of the country. With its accession, Iraq becomes the 155th contracting state to the PCT (Patent Co-operation Treaty).
Up to now, for the protection of registered designs in China, it was necessary to file a national Chinese design application.
The Chinese government has now declared on the occasion of the opening of the Olympic winter games, Beijing 2022 to join the international Design agreement, the Hague System.
The United Arab Emirates’ accession further strengthen the Madrid System’s status as a key component of protecting marks globally, offering a convenient and cost-effective solution for brand owners
September 30th, 2021 is the deadline to file UK national trademark applications claiming the earlier filing date of a European Union trademark application.