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IPcopy in 2013 – our top ten posts

FireworksWelcome to 2014!

An interesting year for Intellectual Property developments is before us with further progress on the unitary patent expected and the possibility that the US Supreme Court will weigh in again on the issue of patent eligibility with the recent referral of the Alice/CLS decision.

However, before all that we thought we’d take a quick look at the most popular posts on IPcopy in 2013. (more…)

Croatia join European Union

EU flagCroatia joined the European Union today, 1 July 2013, to become the 28th member state of the union.

Croatia’s accession to the EU has an impact on Community Trade Marks (CTMs), Registered Community Designs and potentially the unitary patent system.  (more…)

Croatia to join EU July 2013 – Impact on Community Trade Marks and Designs

Europe flagTerritorial Expansion of the Community Trade Mark and Community Design Systems

On 1 July 2013, Croatia will join the European Union with the result that, from that date, existing and new Community Trade Marks (CTMs), as well as unregistered and Registered Community Designs, will have their coverage expanded to that country.

This expansion of protection will occur automatically, without the need for owners of CTMs and Community Designs to take any action, nor pay any fees.