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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 12, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 13/16)
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Amendments to Trademark Regulation in Force

The German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) announced that amendments to the trademark regulation (Markenverordnung) came into force on June 24, 2016.

Main changes are the following:
- Coloured trademarks and black and white trademarks need to be submitted in the way they are intended to be registered. It is no longer possible to request a black and white trademark registration when a coloured trademark has been submitted.
- Colour trademarks are now recognised as its own trademark type and covered by its own paragraph.
- For trademarks including non-Latin characters, a translation, transliteration and transcription needs to be submitted with the trademark representation.

For more information, please click on the DPMA news and the trademark regulation (only in German available )