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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Feb 28, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 3/19)
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Important Changes to IP Legislation

The resolution "On measures to improve state administration in the field of intellectual property" came into force on February 8, 2019.

Some important changes are below:
- The Intellectual Property Agency will be transferred to the Justice Ministry.
- The Ministry of Justice and the Prosecutor General’s Office has to conduct a complete inventory of trademarks registered in Uzbekistan until July 1, 2019.
- As of March 1, 2019, all trademarks applications are subject to mandatory publication in the UzPTO’s online database.
- Written comments on bad faith of applications for registration can now be submitted to the Agency.
- Exclusive rights to trademarks and service marks arise from the date of their registration in the State Register of Trademarks with the obligatory placement of information on registration sign on the official website of the Agency.
- The period during which a trademark certificate can be terminated on grounds of non-use is reduced from five to the last three years, as well as in violation of the collective mark use agreement.