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Jul 11, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 13/17)
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Effect Date of Protection of IR of Industrial Designs in Spain Changed

On May 30, 2017, WIPO received from the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) an official letter indicating that Patent Law No. 24/2015, of July 24, 2015, which came into force on April 1, 2017, introduced modifications to paragraphs 4 and 5 of Article 76 of the Law 20/2003 of July 7, 2003, on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs.

As a consequence of those modifications, the protection conferred by the international registration of a design shall take effect in Spain from the date of its publication by the International Bureau, provided that said registration is not the subject of a refusal of protection.

The previous communication from OEPM concerning the declaration under Rule 18(1)(c) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement is withdrawn (please refer to Information Notice No. 12/2011).

The said withdrawal took effect on May 30, 2017.

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