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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Okt 21, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 15/19)
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Industrial Property Act 2019 Published

On August 10, 2019, the new Industrial Property Act 2019 was published in the Official Gazette after its approval of the Interim President of the Republic of Mauritius. The Act essentially aims to modernise the IP framework in Mauritius, promote innovation and facilitate the registration of industrial property rights. It also provides for Mauritius' accession to the Treaties administered by WIPO. It is not yet clear when the Act will come into effect. The date on which it will enter into force needs to be determined by the proclamation. Different dates may be set for the entry into force of different sections.

The most important changes regarding trademarks are the following:
- Allowance of registration of a mark by more than one owner may be determined by the registrar
- Prior user of an unregistered mark may oppose a trademark application by submitting evidence
- Initial applications may be divided into several applications that will retain the filing date and rights of priority of the initial application
- Rights conferred by the registration of a mark will not extend to acts relating to articles put on the market in Mauritius by the registered owner or with his consent (national exhaustion)
- Application for certification marks and for geographical indications possible

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