Language

News

CE-marking for wall and ceiling coverings

The CE marking of wall and ceiling coverings is part of the EU construction products directive 89/106/EC of 21.12.1988. The EU legislation considers wall and ceiling coverings as building materials (just like floor coverings). Thererfore they are part of the EU directive and thus of the application field of CE-marking.

Does OHIM refund budget surplus?

The costs related to the Registration of European Marks might be partially refunded.

The OHIM (Office for harmonization in the Internal Market) has made a proposition regarding the accumulated surplus of approximately 300 million Euros.

Term of validity of PPE CE type examinations

Until today we assumed that a CE-type examination was valid for as long as the PPE itself or the legal basis (the European Directive 89/686) remain unchanged.

Especially in view of the revision of the European standards, it has become much more complex to extend or to make additions to existing type examinations without questioning the original certificate (sometimes more than 10 years old).

Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings

The European Commission has established the ecological criteria for the award of the Community Ecolabel for textile floor coverings (2009/967/CE).
Download the Commission decision of 30 November 2009 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17/12/2009).

Classification agreement

OHIM and WIPO sign classification agreement

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and OHIM, the trade marks and designs registration office of the European Union, have reached an important agreement on future cooperation on trade mark classification, which has the potential to lead to a huge expansion of the number of commonly accepted terms for goods and services in IP offices worldwide.

New European Toys Directive much stricter!

The 20 year old Toy directive 88/378/EEC has been replaced by the new European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC that came into force on July 20, 2009. This new directive reckons amongst others with the many novelties that have been introduced on the toy market during the past 20 years.

Simplified design registration

Member States Simplify International Design Registration System
Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. This decision will streamline the administration of the Treaty which offers the possibility to protect designs in several countries by filing one single application (in one language with one set of fees in one currency - Swiss francs). The Hague system also simplifies the subsequent management of industrial design rights.

Oeko-Tex 100 meets CPSIA lead tests

Textile World News has announced that children's textiles and textile-based products that are certified to the Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex Association's Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 meet the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act's (CPSIA's) lead testing requirements.

Read the article
Further reading on Oeko-Tex®

Tax reduction for the registration of trade marks

The committee for tax related issues, presided by the European Commission in Brussels has approved a set of measures that will result in a reduction by 40% of the costs related to the protection of trade marks. The OHIM president, Mr. Wubbo de Boer expressed his joy that the member states have voted in favour of these measures in view of reducing the costs of the users and more in particular of SME's.

WIPO attacks backlogs

WIPO Symposium Concludes Global Patent Application Backlogs Unsustainable
Geneva, September 18, 2009
A two-day international symposium concluded on September 18, 2009 with broad agreement on the need to pool efforts at the international level to address the problem of backlogs in patent applications.