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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Okt 08, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 16/20)
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Law on Geographical Indications Amended

On August 29, 2020, the amendments to the Law of the Republic of Belarus "On Geographical Indications" came into force. The changes revise the definition of a geographical indication (GI) and define more precisely the procedure for obtaining GI protection.

GIs are now introduced as a separate object of intellectual property, while earlier they included both name of the origin of goods location and indication of the origin. In addition, it is now necessary to provide the National Center of Intellectual Property (NCIP) with the opinion of the competent authority that the product has special properties, quality, reputation or other characteristics, which are significantly dependent on its geographical origin, natural conditions or human factors peculiar to this geographical object. Previously, only the special properties of the product were taken into account, and now the list of unique characteristics has been expanded. It will allow obtaining protection for more product names in order create a unique image of Belarus.

A similar document must be provided for the renewal of the right to use the GI and should be issued by the competent authority within the last year of a ten-year period from the date of the application. Foreign applicants must provide a document confirming the right to use the GI in the country of origin on the date of renewal.

Further, the official fees charged for registration and renewal have been amended.

Source: Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners