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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 31, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 1/19)
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New Trademark Legislation Effective

The Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) informed of several important changes to the trademark law and related constitutions that came into effect as of January 1, 2019.

The most important changes include:

- Graphical representation requirement for trademark registration abandoned
- Changes to opposition proceedings are being implemented; for example, a due date for settlement of objections, requirements of use as a basis for revocation, and that decisions on revocation applies retroactively.
- The date of application will only be allocated by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), if certain criteria are met, such as clear intent of registration, name of the applicant, clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods and services should be included in the application.
- As of January 1, 2019, a trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application.
- Trademark registrations that are due for renewal after January 1, 2019, can be renewed at the earliest 6 months before and at the latest 6 months after the expiration date.
- Protection of goods in transit extended
- New law on Company Names replaces the existing Trade Names Act of 1974 (key point: a trademark owner may hinder the registration for a company name and vice versa)

For more information, please check the PRV's website

Further sources: Groth & Co KB and

Please note that the amendments have been included and the Swedish survey has been updated thanks to our contributor Groth & Co KB, Sweden.