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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 05, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 6/16)
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Common Regulations under Madrid Agreement and Protocol Amended

WIPO announced on its website that the amendments to Rules 5 and 36 to the Common Regulations has entered into force on April 1, 2016:

Rule 5: Irregularities in Postal and Delivery Services and in Communications Sent Electronically:
- This rule will apply when an interested party (i.e., the applicant, the holder, the representative or an Office) fails to meet a time limit for a communication sent to the International Bureau (IB) electronically (e.g., e-mail, fax, electronic form).
- Late receipt of such a communication will be excused if the interested party submits satisfactory evidence showing that the time limit was missed due to a failure in the electronic communication to the IB or to a failure affecting the locality of the interested party due to extraordinary circumstances.
- In this case, a new communication should be sent to the IB no later than five days after the electronic services are resumed.

Rule 36: Exemption From Fees:
- The recording of a change of the address for correspondence can be requested by the applicant, holder or representative, free of charge, by sending a letter or email.

For further information, please refer to Information Notice No. 17/2016.