Web links to the major international intellectual property organisations

Web links to the major international intellectual property organisations

General links

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO) www.ipo.gov.uk

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) www.wipo.org

World Trade Organisation (WTO) www.wto.org

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) www.oami.europa.eu  

European Patent Office www.epo.org

UK Courts www.hmcourts- service.gov.uk

British and Irish Legal www.bailii.org

European Union Law www.europa.eu

European Court of Justice www.curia.europa.eu

IPKat www.ipkitten.blogspot.com

Marques www.marques.org/class46/

EspaceNet http://worldwide.espacenet.com/

Kluwer patent blog http://kluwerpatentblog.com/

The IP Armour game http://www.ipo.gov.uk/whyuse/armour.htm

Copyright

UKIPO’s account of the history of copyright in the United Kingdom:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140603100055/http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy/c- about/c-history.htm

The Gowers Report on Intellectual Property 2006:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gowers-review-of-intellectual-property

The Hargreaves Report on IP and Growth:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140603094438/http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipreview.htm

Action to implement the Hargreaves Report:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140603093612/http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/hargreav es.htm

The future development of copyright policy in the United Kingdom is discussed at:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140603095043/http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro- copy/c-policy.htm

The current list of countries which are Contracting States of the Berne Convention, the Rome Convention and the Universal Copyright Convention can be found in the Copyright and Performances (Application to Other Countries) Order 2013: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1782/contents/made

The work of the Performing Right Society in collecting royalties for the public performance and broadcasting of music is explained at: http://www.prsformusic.com/Pages/default.aspx

The effect of the extension of the term of protection for rights in performances (and also sound recordings) is set out at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro-copy/c-policy/c-policy-copyterm.htm

The artists’ resale right (including the calculation of royalties) is explained at:

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro-copy/c-policy/c-policy-artist.htm

Designs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office guide to designs:

https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/designs?TSPD_101_R0=bd0848d86f26b94d6da3ed70390dcafan3A00000000000000025a2b3db0ffff00000000000000000000000000005cbeef3300191fcd35

The UK IPO guide to designs:

https://www.gov.uk/topic/intellectual-property/designs

UK IPO guidance on designs in the context of Brexit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Passing Off

WIPO’s Joint Recommendation on the Protection of Well-Known Marks can be found at:

http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/development_iplaw/pub833.htm

Patents

The European Patent Office guide to patents:

https://www.epo.org/applying/european/Guide-for-applicants.html

The UK IPO guide to patents:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-patent

UK IPO guidance on patents in the context of Brexit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/patents-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

Trade Marks

UKIPO’s account of the history of trade marks in the United Kingdom:

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm/t-about/t-whatis/t-history.htm

The Trade Marks Registry’s Examination Practice is set out in detail in the Manual of Trade Marks Practice:

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140603095830tf_/http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro-tm/t-law/t-pan.htm

The Trade Marks Registry’s Practice Amendment Notices (dealing with specific aspects of examination practice):

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/pro-types/pro-tm/t-law/t-pan.htm

The Nice Classification of Goods as set out in Schedule 4 to the Trade Marks Rules 2001:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2001/3832/article/8/made

The case law of OHIM and of the Court of Justice of the EU on EU trade marks can be found at:

https://oami.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/trade-marks

The web site of the Advertising Standards Authority:

http://www.asa.org.uk/

Information on International Exhaustion and Parallel Importation:

https://www.wipo.int/sme/en/ip_business/export/international_exhaustion.htm

Trade Secrets

European Union guidance on trade secrets:

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/intellectual-property/trade-secrets_en

The UK IPO guide to trade secrets:

https://ipo.blog.gov.uk/category/trade-secrets/