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Feb 07, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 2/12)
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Accelerated Examination of TM Applications

The Administrative Instruction explains the procedure and the grounds for requesting the accelerated examination which was introduced by Kosovo’s new Law on Trademarks. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) approved the Administrative Instruction on January 12, 2012 and entered into force on the same date.

The accelerated examination is only available if there has been an alleged infringement of trademark rights. When requesting such examination, the applicant must indicate the trademark filing details and submit:

- Copy of the trademark application as filed;
- Documents evidencing that a civil or a customs action was duly initiated;
- Documents evidencing trademark rights and the alleged infringement of such rights;
- Proof of payment of the official EUR 50 (USD 63) fee per trademark, regardless of the number of classes.

The accelerated examination request may be submitted at any time after the filing date, as no time frame is specified. The IPO will decide to grant or reject the accelerated examination request within 15 days from the filing date. The examination is to be performed under the provisions of the Law on Trademarks.

Source: SDP KOSOVE, Kosovo