Porta & Consulenti Associati S.p.a. - Patents & Trademarks

Porta & Consulenti Associati S.p.A., in short PCA, is an Italian IP firm focusing on the practice of Intellectual Property. Founded in 1991 and based in Milan, PCA has been offering technical-legal advice for many years to national and international customers for a better exploitation and a more effective protection of exclusive rights in the field of patents, designs, copyrights, trademarks, domain names, licenses, or a combination thereof.



One of the first signs of the isolation in which Maduro brought Venezuela was - very shortly after his taking charge - the restoration of the old local product classification for the registration of trademarks, instead of the International Classification, adopted few years earlier.

Now the Venezuelan Trademark Office has announced the adoption of the International Classification from 10.2.2020.




Following the achievement of the long-discussed Withdrawal Agreement, the United Kingdom definitively left the European Union at midnight of 31 January 2020.
The agreement provides for a transition period that entered into force the day after and will end on December 31, 2020, during which things will remain substantially unchanged. In particular, therefore, until the end of the current year, all EU IP regulations will continue to apply in the United Kingdom, as well as the rights of representation in ongoing proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). In other words, EUTM and EUTD Application will continue to include UK until the end of the transition period.
At the end of the transition period, the United Kingdom will convert all existing trademark and design registrations of the European Union into comparable UK rights, which will therefore enter into force on 1 January 2021. The conversion will be automatic and free of charge.
With regard to trademark and design applications which are still pending at the end of the transition period, the owners will be entitled to file a corresponding application in the United Kingdom within the following nine months.
Although many procedural aspects will be defined only over the next months, the Withdrawal Agreement has therefore been structured in such a way as to ensure continued protection of rightholders at the end of the transition period.