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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Feb 14, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 2/19)
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Important Amendments to Trademark Law

As of January 1, 2019, the Act XI of 1997 on the protection of trademarks and geographical indications has been modified through Act LXVII of 2018 on the amendment of certain acts on industrial property right protection.
Through the amendments, the legislator primarily intended to fulfil its legal harmonization obligations arising from Directive 2015/2436.

Some important changes are seen below:

- Abandonment of graphical representation requirement
- More detailed list of absolute grounds for refusal
- Previously terminated trademarks do not form an obstacle to registration of identical new trademarks any longer (formerly, third parties were not entitled to registering a trademark identical to one that lapsed within the 2 preceding years)
- Scope of trademark protection has been further specified and supplemented on prior rights
- New manners of defence in trademark infringement law suits

For more information, please check the article of our contributor Tivadar Law Firm from Hungary.

Please note that the Hungarian survey has been updated thanks to our contributors SBGK Attorneys at Law and Patent Attorneys and Tivadar Law Firm, both from Hungary.