News from the Manor Vol 7

  1. Looks like all hands are on deck to pass the Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) into law: It has been a long time coming if you ask the Lady. The Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, has announced that a Ministerial Committee aimed at fast-tracking the passage of the Bill is to be inaugurated on April 8, 2016.  The 17-member Committee will be led by Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and supported by Mr. Mahmoud Alli-Balogun as Deputy Coordinator. The Committee will review and harmonize the MOPPICON Bill ahead of its submission to the Ministry of Justice and then the National Assembly. More details here and here.
  2. Big changes in the EU Trademark Regime: On March 23, 2016, Regulation (EU) No 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Community trade mark regulation entered into force. As a result, Community trade marks (CTMs) will now be known as European Union trade marks (EUTMs) and OHIM will also now be known as the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Other changes include:
    • an overall reduction in the fees for EUTMs
    • an end to processing applications for EU-wide trade marks via the UK’s IPO
    • various changes to the law, including measures to help tackle counterfeiting

    You can read more about these changes herehere and here.

  3. Madrid Goods and Services Manager Upgraded: Additional functions and content have been included in the Madrid Goods and Services Manger to make it easier to use. Some of these changes include Explanatory Notes in all languages; Similar group codes; Search by Nice Classification indication basic number; Participating countries; and Updated support. The Madrid Goods and Services Manager is a multilingual online tool that helps users compile the complete list of goods and services needed to file international applications. It provides terms from the Alphabetical List of the Nice Classification as well as others that are pre-accepted by the WIPO and many IP Offices in the Madrid System. Using pre-accepted terms helps reduce delays and costs linked to irregularity notices and provisional refusals.

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