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.

WIPO IP Figures: US patents, German trademarks and Swiss designs lead 2013 filings

WIPO IP Figures: US patents, German trademarks and Swiss designs lead 2013 filings

WIPO has revealed the latest IP filing figures, for international patents, trademarks and designs filed during 2013. The statistics show that it was a record-setting year in the three biggest systems for industrial property protection globally.

PATENTS
There were 205,300 PCT applications filed in 2013, representing an increase of 5.1% comparing to 2012. USA contributed with more than 57 thousand applications, while China overtook Germany and became the third biggest filing country, behind Japan that kept its second place.

In the top patent filers list, Panasonic leads with 2,881 published PCT applications, followed by ZTE, Huawei and Qualcomm, with more than 2,000 PCT applications each, filed during last year.


TRADEMARKS

Tobacco Plain Packaging: Public Health vs. Trademark Rights

Tobacco Plain Packaging: Public Health vs. Trademark Rights

The World Trade Organization members have gathered together in a meeting held at the WTO intellectual property committee this month. One of the matters in discussion was the already much-debated plain Packaging of Tobacco Products.

Plain packaging laws impose controls on packaging for tobacco products. The Australian Parliament passed the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 in November of that year, and at the moment is facing five ongoing disputes at the WTO. Cuba, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Indonesia are advocating that these plain packaging laws violate international IP rules, in particular, the trademark provisions included in the TRIPS Agreement.

One of the most pressing problems concerns the type of plain packaging law that bans the use of figurative and logo trademarks and restricts the size and appearance of word marks.

Is this the dawn of the Cybersquatting golden age?

Is this the dawn of the Cybersquatting golden age?

Currently, due to the regulatory fragmentation and "first come first served" policies that have been in place for most TLD's, Cybersquatting has been on the rise. Third parties have been registering identical and similar domains to well and little known brands, only to ask for "ransoms" from the legitimate owners in order to get their names back.

Over the next year, more than 1,000 new top level domains (TLDs) will come online, taking the number well beyond the 22 that are used today, such as .com, .net and .org. This has been hailed as one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception. This time around, with so many new top level domains joining the gTLD arena, ICANN assumed that widespread top-level squatting would be unlikely, due to the sheer cost involved and the objection mechanisms available to legitimate rights owners.

European Patent Office fee change from April 2014

European Patent Office fee change from April 2014

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced that official fees will increase this year. The Fee Changes apply for all payments made from 1 April 2014.

Although the majority of the increases are between 4% and 7%, we would like to highlight two particular changes:

- The Search fee will increase 10%, from 1165 to 1285 EUR (however this fee can still be reduced in cases where the International Search Authority (ISA) is other than the EPO);
- The appeal fee will increase by 50%, from 1240 to 1860 EUR, presumably due to the growing backlogs at the board of appeal;

Regarding divisional patent applications, the EPO announced new fees for cases of further generations of divisional applications:

- second generation divisional application: 210 EUR
- third generation divisional application: 420 EUR
- fourth generation divisional application: 630 EUR