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Okt 28, 2009 (Newsletter Issue 4/09)
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Registration Fee No Longer Due

Ministerial Order No. 1254/2009 was published on 14th October 2009. It introduces some changes in the Portuguese Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) official fees. These changes have taken effect on 23 October, 2009.
Registration fees concerning trademarks, logos, awards, designations of origin and geographical indications, as well as associated fees (surcharge and revalidation) are no longer due.
Formerly, the final registration of these rights depended on the payment of a registration fee within six months after the PTO's decision of grant. As of October 23, 2009, the registration fee is no longer due.
This Ministerial Order is applicable not only to applications submitted after October 23, 2009 but also to applications for which, at that date, the deadline for payment of the registration fee or its surcharge is still ongoing.