The best Lusophone representation

The best Lusophone representation

Inventa International is established in all the jurisdictions covered by the Lusophone Nations, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macao, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome & Principe and Timor Leste.
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Premium IP services in Africa

Premium IP services in Africa

Inventa International is established in a number of locations throughout mainland Africa and its islands. We also have a great network of local representatives in countries where we don't operate directly.
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IP Protection in the EU

IP Protection in the EU

Inventa International is specialised in the protection of Community Trademarks (CTM), Registered Community Designs (RCD) and European Patents (EP), including the upcoming European Unitary Patent.
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Innovation, Our Passion

Innovation, Our Passion

Protecting your Intellectual Property is what we most treasure. You can trust us all of your creations and innovative ideas, including Patents, Trademarks, Designs, Copyright and Domain Names.
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Global Network

Global Network

Inventa International is established in several countries and works with associated offices all over the world. Our representatives will take care of your Intellectual Property according to each country's law.
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Inventa International Celebrating 40 YearsInventa International specialises in Intellectual Property (IP) protection, including Trademarks, Patents, Designs, Copyrights and Domain Names. We advise clients on national and international searches and registrations, licenses and commercial transactions, enforcement, litigation and maintenance of all kinds of IP Rights.

Founded in 1970, and holding a growing network of offices and local representatives, Inventa International provides specialist IP services for clients all around the world, with special emphasis throughout the E.U., Africa and the Lusophone Countries.

OAPI joins the Madrid Protocol for International Trademark Registration

OAPI joins the Madrid Protocol for International Trademark Registration

The Director General of OAPI filed, on December 5, 2014, the instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with WIPO.

This will enable trademark owners, with a single designation of OAPI, to cover 17 jurisdictions in Africa.

The adhesion of OAPI to the Madrid Protocol was expected as the Organization confirmed its intention to become the 93th party member to the Madrid System at the INTA conference in Hong Kong on May 2014

The Madrid Protocol is due to enter into force on 5 March 2015. From this date it will be possible to designate OAPI on International Registrations.

SIERRA LEONE: Possible accession to the International Classification

SIERRA LEONE: Possible accession to the International Classification

On July 22, 2014 Sierra Leone’s Parliament has passed a New Trade Marks Act – The Trade Marks Act, 2014 – published on the Supplement to the Sierra Leone Gazette Vol. CXLV, No. 53 dated 9th October, 2014.

This Act provides in its section 4 (1) the following:

“An application shall be accompanied with reproduction of trade mark and a list of goods and services for which the registration of the trade mark is requested using international classification.”

Accordingly, with this Act Sierra Leone will accede to the Nice Agreement and will introduce the registration of Service Marks. Indeed to date Sierra Leone follows the pre-1938 United Kingdom classification of 50 goods classes.

EU-wide database for Orphan Works has been launched

EU-wide database for Orphan Works has been launched

An orphan work is a copyright protected work but whose authors or other rightholders are not known or cannot be located.

In last decade the problem of orphan works has been receiving special attention around the world. Indeed, it has been discovered that the number of orphan works is huge. For example, a study estimated that the collections of public sector organisations in the UK hold about 25 million orphan works.

"Ford is not a well-known trademark in Russia" says the Russian IP Court

"Ford is not a well-known trademark in Russia" says the Russian IP Court

Russia’s Intellectual Property Tribunal ruled against Ford Motor Company in favour Russia’s IP Office (Rospatent) decision to refuse the application of Ford’s well-known trademark in Russia, specifically the recognition of its iconic trademark with the word Ford written in white, circled by a blue oval design (first introduced in 1907).

This decision comes after the US Trade Representative’s Office reported that “the United States is troubled that IPR enforcement [in Russia] continued to decrease overall in 2013, following a dramatic decline in 2012, and remained plagued by a lack of transparency and effectiveness” and also after Apple and Boeing came into legal battles involving trademark use in Russia.