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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Okt 10, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 14/19)
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Important Changes to Trademark Law in Force

On June 19, 2019, a new Law on Trademarks entered into force introducing important changes and clarifying the trademark registration procedure. Some of the following changes can be seen below:

- Changed definition of trademarks implies that non-traditional trademarks will be denied protection
- Protection period for marks filed after Nov 5, 2008 is 10 years from the filing date
- Publication of application (formerly publication of registration)
- Use of class headings no longer possible when filing a trademark application
- Grounds for refusal divided (absolute/relative) and new grounds for refusal and for invalidation added
- Clarification which state bodies handle trademark invalidations
- Accelerated procedure of examination for trademark application available
- Exclusion of previously existing articles relating to the protection of well-known trademarks

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