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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 15, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 19/18)
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Common Regulations on Division / Merger of International Registrations Amended

WIPO informs that there will be amendments to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol with regard on division and merger of International Registrations in respect of a designated Contracting Party. The amendments will be in force as from February 1, 2019.

New Rules 27bis, 27ter, 40(6), consequential amendments to Rules 22 and 32, and the deletion of Rule 27(3) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to that Agreement (the “Common Regulations”), as well as a new item 7.7 of the Schedule of Fees will enter into force on February 1, 2019.

The amendments will include:
- Division of an international registration in respect of a designated Contracting Party (new Rule 27bis, new item 7.7)
- Merger of international registrations (new Rule 27ter)
- Cancellation of an international registration resulting from division due to the ceasing of effect of the basic mark (Rule 22(2)(b))
- Possible notifications under New Rules 27bis, 27ter and 40(6) of the Common Regulations
- Publication in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks (Rule 32)

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