Personal data

The Office undertakes to treat the protection of your personal data with special care. Pursuant to Act n°1.165 of 23 December 1993 on the protection of personal information, the Office informs you that your personal data are processed.

 

Why does the Office collect personal data?

Under Ordinance n°1.476 on the application of Act n°606 of 20 June 1955 on patents (amended), all applicants are required, when filing patent applications, to supply information about the inventor, the applicant, and also the agent where appropriate.

Under Ordinance n°1.477 on the application of Act n°607 of 20 June 1955 on industrial designs (amended), all applicants are required, when applying to register an industrial design, to supply information about the creator, the applicant, and also the agent where appropriate.

Under Ministerial Order n°2015-90 of 05 February 2015 setting the conditions for application of Act n°1.058 of 10 June 1983 on trademarks and service marks, all applicants are required, when applying to register a mark, to supply information about the applicant, and also the agent where appropriate.

 

What kinds of personal data are collected?

Two types of data are collected:

  • Mandatory personal data

These data concern the exact identification and full address of the applicant, inventor, and also the agent where appropriate, for the purpose of filing a patent application or registering a mark or industrial design.

 

  • Non-mandatory personal data

These data are processed solely with the applicant’s consent and are used only by the Office’s personnel (email, telephone, fax) to communicate with the applicant.

The Office does not store data entered when making payments.  Payments are made on a page hosted by a bank server. This guarantees the integrity and confidentiality of the data collected.

 

How can I modify my personal data?

Under Act n° 1.165 of 23 December 1993 governing the processing of personal information, intellectual property holders have the right to access, rectify and object to their personal data.

Under Ordinance n°1.476 on the conditions for application of Act n°606 of 20 June 1955 on patents, amended by Act n° 625 of 5 November 1956,

Under Ministerial Order n° 2015-90 of 05/02/2015 setting the conditions for application of Act n° 1.058 of 10 June 1983 on trademarks and service marks,

Under Ordinance n° 1.477 of 30/01/1957 on the conditions for application of Act n° 607 of 20 June 1955 amended by Act n° 623 of 5 November 1956 on industrial designs,

changes of name, legal form, address and rectifications of material errors made at the holder’s request must be requested by means of a registration application filed with the Office, accompanied by payment of the fixed required fee, except for changes resulting from an error by the Office. These registrations are entered in the special register.

 

Where are personal data sent?

  • Official Gazette of Monaco

Under Article 38 of Sovereign Ordinance n°1.476 on the conditions for application of Act n°606 of 20 June 1955 on patents (amended),

Under Article 17 of Ministerial Order n° 2015-90 of 05 February 2015 setting the conditions for application of Act n° 1.058 of 10 June 1983 on trademarks and service marks,

Under Article 13-8 of Sovereign Ordinance n°1.477 of 30 January 1957 on the conditions for application of Act n°607 of 20 June 1955 (amended) on industrial designs,

All entries made in the special register are also published in the Official Gazette of Monaco by the industrial property department.

 

  • Federated register of the European Patent Office (EPO)

Under a bilateral cooperation agreement with the EPO in November 2015, the Office now shares bibliographic patent information by means of an EPO tool, which can be used to consult this information without contacting the national office in each country.

Every week, bibliographic information submitted to the Office is forwarded to the EPO, which provides a single point of access for all participating offices.

 

  • European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

The EUIPO has a number of online tools allowing users to look up bibliographic information on marks (name availability, status change, name change, etc.). Since 28 January 2019, personal information supplied to the Office (holder name, application number, classification, logo of the mark or design) is forwarded daily to the EUIPO, which provides a single point of access for all participating offices.

 

Data Controller

The Business Development Agency is responsible for processing personal information used to manage registers of patents, trademarks and industrial designs.

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