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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 12, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 7/17)
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Draft of Trademarks (Madrid Protocol) Regulations 2017

Zimbabwe Parliament has recently passed resolutions approving the draft Trademarks (Madrid Protocol) Regulations. Zimbabwe became a party to the Madrid Protocol in March of 2015.

For the purpose of the Trademarks (Madrid Protocol) Regulations, the Trade Marks Regulations 2005 and the Trade Marks Act [Chapter 26:04] (Trade Marks Act) apply (to the extent applicable and with all necessary modifications) to any holder of an international registration designating Zimbabwe, and to any applicant of an international application originating from Zimbabwe.

In the event of conflict between the provisions of the Trade Marks Regulations and Trade Marks Act and those of the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations thereunder, the provisions of the Madrid Protocol and the Common Regulations shall prevail.

The draft Regulations are now expected to be gazetted as law in a statutory instrument in order for the Protocol to be fully operational in Zimbabwe.

To access the draft, please click here

Source: Manokore Attorneys, Zimbabwe