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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 28, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 12/18)
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Clarification of Renewal Date

As recently reported in May, all trademark registrations filed prior to the coming into force of Rwanda Law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property (the Law) are scheduled for renewal in 2019.

The new Law, which is dated October 26, 2009, came into force following its publication on December 14, 2009. The provisions of the new Law require all trademarks filed under the previous arrangements to be renewed 10 years after the new Law came into force.

Originally, the Registry advised that the renewal date would be October 26, 2019, and for a number of renewals filed early the Registry have issued certificates based on this information.

More recently, the Registry clarified that the renewal due date of old Law cases is December 14, 2019, (based on the date of publication), and have requested that certificates issued with the October date be returned for correction.