Republic of Moldova: Law No. 230 of September 23, 2016, on Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts
Belgium: Act of June 27, 2016, amending the Code of Economic Law for the Introduction of Freedom of Panorama
Zambia: Protection of Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Expressions of Folklore Act, 2016 (Act No. 16 of 2016)
Brazil: Law No. 13.123 of May 20, 2015 (Access and Benefits Sharing of Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge)
Australia: Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (TRIPS Protocol and Other Measures) Regulation 2015
Tunisia: Decree No. 2015-303 of June 1, 2015, establishing the Procedures for the Registration of and Opposition to the Registration of Trademarks and Service Marks, as well as the Procedures concerning Recording in the National Register of Marks
Russian Federation: Federal Law of November 24, 2014, No. 364-FZ, amending the Federal Law on Information, Information Technology and Information Protection and the Civil Procedure Code
Morocco: Law No. 23-13 amending and supplementing Law No. 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property (promulgated by Dahir No. 1.14.188 of 27 muharram 1436 (November 21, 2014))
Peru: Law No. 30276 of November 13, 2014, amending the Copyright Law (Legislative Decree No. 822 of April 23, 1996)
Croatia: Copyright and Related Rights Act and Acts on Amendments to the Copyright and Related Rights Act
China: Measures of June 30, 2014, on the Administration of Information Collected by Press Workers in the Course of Duty
Philippines: Office Order No. 14-068, Series of 2014, of May 27, 2014, on the Amendments to the Rules and Regulations on Inter Partes Proceedings
Philippines: BOP Memorandum-Circular No. 14-004, Series 2014, on the Deferred Publication of Industrial Design Application
China: Regulations on the Implementation of Administrative Punishments for Cases of Imported and Exported Goods Infringing Intellectual Property Rights under the Customs Law
France: Decree No. 2013-1141 of December 10, 2013, regarding the Information for Purchasers of Recording Devices subject to Private Copying Remuneration
China: Decision of the State Intellectual Property Office Amending the Guidelines for Patent Examination
European Union: Regulation (EU) No. 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 concerning Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and Repealing Council Regulation (EC) No. 1383/2003
Côte d'Ivoire: Law No. 2013-865 of December 23, 2013, on combatting Counterfeiting and Piracy, and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Export and Import Operations and Commercialization of Goods and Services
Philippines: BOT Office Order No. 13-06, Series of 2013, on the Implementation Guidelines for Office Order No. 13-061, Series 2013, on Trademark Applications with Priority Right Claim
Philippines: Office Order No. 13-170, Series of 2013, Rules of Procedure on Intellectual Property (IPR) Enforcement
Philippines: Office Order No. 13-169, Series of 2013, Revised Rules and Regulations on Resolution of Public Performance Disputes
China: Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China
Russian Federation: Federal Law No. 187-FZ of July 2, 2013, on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Protection of Intellectual Rights in Information and Telecommunication Networks
France: Decree No. 2013-596 of July 8, 2013, removing the Complementary Penalty of Suspending Access to an On-Line Public Communication Service (...)
Turkmenistan: Law of Turkmenistan of June 22, 2013, on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Turkmenistan
Montenegro: Law No. 07-3/13-1/4 of May 28, 2013, on Amendments to the Law on Legal Protection of Industrial Designs (promulgated by Decree No. 01-1111/2 of June 4, 2013)
China: Decision of the Supreme People's Court on Amendments to the Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in the Trial of Patent Dispute Cases
Italy: Decree of December 19, 2012, of the President of the Council of Ministers on the Determination in the Interest of the Right Holders of the Minimum Requirements Necessary for a Rational and Orderly Development (...)
Philippines: Republic Act No. 10372, entitled 'An Act Amending Certain Provisions of Republic Act No. 8293, otherwise known as the "Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines", and for other purposes'
Italy: Law No. 9 of January 14, 2013, laying down Provisions for the Quality and the Transparency of the Supply Chain of Virgin Olive Oil
Mexico: Decree Promulgating the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
United States of America: "An Act to Correct and Improve Certain Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and Title 35, United States Code"
Ethiopia: Council of Ministers Regulation No. 273/2012 of December 24, 2012 on Trademark Registration and Protection
Denmark: The Act Amending the Patents Act and Various Other Laws was adopted by the National Parliament of Denmark (Folketing) on December 28, 2011 and enters into force on February 1, 2012. It amends provisions concerning fees in the following laws: The Consolidated Patents Act, The Consolidated Trademarks Act, The Consolidated Designs Act, The Consolidated Utility Models Act, the Collective Marks Act and the Protection of the Topographies of Semiconductor Products Act. Henceforth, the publication fee of a Danish patent is modified so that the additional fee for publication, which is DKK 80 per page over 35 pages, will be charged, at the maximum, for 400 pages. This affects the publication of granted patents, validated European patents in Denmark and amended patents due to opposition or administrative re-examination. The Act supersedes the Order on the Fees of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, which ceases to be the legal basis for fees from February 1, 2012.
Brunei Darussalam: The Patents Order, 2011 was approved by the Sultan of Brunei on October 12, 2011 and entered into force on January 1, 2012. It repeals the Emergency (Patents) Order, 1999 and Chapter 72 - Inventions. The Order establishes an independent patent system for the receipt, processing and grant of patents by a new Registry of Patents and facilitates the international filing of patents after Brunei has acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Budapest Treaty.
United States of America: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was recently passed by the US Congress and on September 16, 2011, signed by the President of the United States into law. The various provisions contained in the 37 sections of the Act enter into force at various dates. The Act includes major changes to the Patent Law, Title 35 United States Code. The most significant change is the conversion of America's "first to invent" patent priority system to a "first to file" which is aimed at simplifying the patent process and harmonizing the US Patent System with other countries. The new Act also improves patent quality, reduces patent litigation costs and introduces new opportunities for challenging patents and patent applications before the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office (USPTO).
Ecuador: Resolution No. 11-029 P-IEPI granting Direct Application to the Andean Community Decision with regard to Requests for Extension to file Oppositions against the Application for Registration of Distinctive Signs was issued by the Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property on June 29, 2011. The Resolution came into force on July 1, 2011. It states that Article 146 of the Andean Community Decision No. 486, which provides for the time limit to file oppositions against the registration of distinctive signs, applies directly to Ecuador and therefore supersedes Article 208 of its Law on Intellectual Property (Consolidation No. 2006-013).
Paraguay: Decree No. 6.780/11 - By which Chapter IV "Of Compensatory Remuneration Rights" of Law No. 1.328/98 "Of Copyright and Neighboring Rights" is regulated, was issued by the President on June 21, 2011. This Decree provides economic remuneration to rights holders for acts of private copying.
Colombia: Law No. 1450 of 2011 - By which the National Plan of Development is issued, 2010 – 2014, was enacted by the Colombian Congress on June 16, 2011 and entered into force on the same date. Article 28 of this law amends Article 20 of Law 23 of 1982 - on Copyright with regards to the ownership of economic rights of works created under the existence of service agreements or employment contracts; article 29 concerns the ownership of industrial property rights generated under the existence of service agreements or employment contracts; article 30 amends Article 183 of Law No. 23 of 1982, regarding the contractual transfer regime of economic rights on copyrights and related rights; and article 31 concerns the ownership of intellectual property rights generated from research projects financed with national budget funds.
South Africa: The Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008 was assented to by the President on April 9, 2009 and entered into force on May 1, 2011. The Act provides for a regulatory framework for enterprises. Chapter 8 of the Act entitled "Regulatory Agencies and Administration of Act" establishes the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa, to function as an organ of state within the public administration, focusing on the registration of companies and intellectual property rights. The additional functions of CIPC include education and awareness, investigation, compliance and enforcement.
Belarus: The President of the Republic of Belarus signed the Law of the Republic of Belarus of 17 May 2011 No. 262-3 (on Copyright and Related Rights), which was adopted by the National Assembly on April 28, 2011. The law was officially published on May 30, 2011 and, according to Article 61 of the law, it shall come into force six months after its official publication (i.e. November 30, 2011). Article 59 of the new law provides for the repeal of the Law of the Republic of Belarus of May 16, 1996 No. 370-XIII on Copyright and Related Rights. The new law regulates relations arising from the creation and use of works of science, such as books, articles, reports, scientific lectures, theses, literature and art (copyright), as well as performances, phonograms and broadcasting (related rights). Chapter IV on "Cases of free use of objects of copyright and related rights", regulates such issues as the free use of works in mass media (Article 33), reproduction of works for the blind and visually impaired persons (Article 34), and the free use of works by libraries and archives (Article 37).
Latvia: The Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 317 on the Rules of professional patent registry content, record-keeping procedures and patent attorney qualification exam procedures were issued by the Cabinet of Ministers on April 26, 2011 and entered into force on April 30, 2011. These Regulations relate to Patent Law No. 34 of 2007 and supersede the prior Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 602 on the rules of professional patent registry content, record-keeping procedures and patent attorney qualification exam procedures issued by the Cabinet of Ministers under the Patent Law No. 26.
Peru: The Supreme Decree approving the Regulation for Protecting the Rights of Plant Breeders, Supreme Decree No. 035-2011-PCM was issued by the President of the Republic on April 14, 2011 and entered into force on April 16, 2011, the day following its publication in the Official Journal. The Decree establishes a regulatory framework for the promotion and protection of the rights of plant breeders as provided for under Decision 345 of the Commission of the Cartagena Agreement and the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991. In addition, by means of this same Decree, Supreme Decree Nº 008-96-ITINCI was repealed, as well as all other legal dispositions contrary to this new regulation.
Portugal: The Law No. 46/2011, of 24th June, which creates the Intellectual Property Court, was approved by the president of the Assembly of the Republic on April 6, 2011, promulgated by the President of the Republic on June 9, 2011 and entered into force on June 24, 2011. This Law creates a Court of special competence for intellectual property and a Court of special competence for competition.
China: The Decision of the State Council on Amending the Regulation on the Administration of Audio and Video Products was adopted at the 147th executive meeting of the State Council on March 16, 2011 and enters into force on March 19, 2011. It amends the Regulations on Administration of Audio and Video Products (2001). Article 10 of the Decision concerns the license for importation of audio and video products.
China: The Decision of the State Council on Amending the Regulation on the Administration of Publications was adopted at the 147th executive meeting of the State Council on March 16, 2011 and enters into force on March 19, 2011. It amends the Regulations on the Administration of Publications (2001). Article 14 of the Decision concerns the publication of textbooks for elementary and secondary schools.
China: The Intangible Cultural Heritage Law was adopted at the 19th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on February 25, 2011 and enters into force on June 1, 2011. It protects intangible cultural heritage, such as traditional oral literature, fine arts, calligraphy, traditional medicine, traditional calendars, sports, etc. (Article 2, sections 1-6).
Colombia: Law Nº 1437 of 2011 – By which the Administrative Procedure and Administrative Disputes Code is enacted, was approved by the Colombian Congress on January 18, 2011. According to Article 308 of this Law, the new Code will enter into force on July 2, 2012, repealing Decree Nº 01 of 1984 – By which the Code of Administrative Disputes is amended, as well as all other legal dispositions contrary to it.
Montenegro: The 2011 Law on Legal Protection of Designs was enacted by the Montenegrin Parliament on December 22, 2010 and came into force on January 8, 2011. It repeals the Law on Legal Protection of Designs (2005). Under this new law, the industrial design registration procedure is simplified to achieve compliance with the relevant EU regulations.
China: The Provisional Measures on Application from Taiwan Applicants for Plant Variety Rights in the Mainland was adopted jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Forestry Administration on November 22, 2010 and entered into force on the same day. It provides the application procedures for Plant Variety Rights in Mainland China for applicants from Taiwan.
China: The Law of The People's Republic of China on the Laws Applicable to Foreign-related Civil Relations was adopted at the 17th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on October 28, 2010 and enters into force on April 1, 2011. It amends the General Principles of Civil Law, supplementing the provisions for the resolution of choice of law specifically in the area of intellectual property.
Zimbabwe: Statutory Instrument 152 of 2010 was issued by the President of Zimbabwe and published on September 10, 2010. It brought the Intellectual Property Tribunal Act [Chapter 26:08] into operation on that date.
Algeria: Law No.10-05 of 5 Ramadan 1431, corresponding to 15 August 2010, was promulgated by the President of the Republic of Algeria on August 15, 2010 and entered into force on August 18, 2010. It amends and supplements Ordinance No. 03-03 of 19 Jumada El Oula 1424, corresponding to 19 July 2003, on competition, modifying Articles 2, 4, 5, 24, 73.
Kenya: The new Constitution of Kenya was adopted on August 4, 2010 and entered into force on August 27, 2010. It replaces the first Constitution of Kenya, which was adopted in 1963. Article 11.2(c) of the new Constitution obliges the state to "promote the intellectual property rights of the people of Kenya".
Colombia: The Copyright Law No. 1403 of 2010 (or Law “Fanny Mikey”) was signed into law by the President of the Republic on July 19, 2010, and entered into force on the same day. It amends the Copyright Law No. 23 of 1982, and provides remuneration for public communication to artists and performers of audiovisual works and sound recordings.
Pakistan: The Customs Act, 1969, (IV of 1969) as amended up to June 30, 2010 is the latest consolidated version of the Pakistan Customs Act, 1969 and incorporates several changes of terminology.
China: The Decision of the State Council on Amending the Regulations on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights was promulgated by the State Council on March 24, 2010 and entered into force on April 1, 2010. It amends the Regulations on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, 2003, revising the provisions concerning Intellectual Property infringement.
China: The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Amending the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, was adopted at the 13th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People’s Congress on February 26, 2010 and entered into force on April 1, 2010. It amends the Copyright Law, 2001, supplementing provisions concerning public interest and copyright pledge.
Lithuania: The Law on Copyright and Related Rights No XI-656 was signed into law by the President of the Republic of Lithuania on January 19, 2010 and entered into force on February 2, 2010. It amended the Law on Copyright and Related Rights No VIII-1185 of May 18, 1999, modified Articles 17 and 71 and added Article 711 on Supervision of Activities of Associations of Collective Administration of Copyright and Related Rights.
China: The Decision of the State Council on Amending the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China was promulgated by the State Council on January 9, 2010 and entered into force on February 1, 2010. It amends the Rules for the Implementation of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China, 2002, revising the provisions concerning patents and genetic resources.