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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 19, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 17/12)
United Kingdom
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New Trade Mark Law in Montserrat

The implementing Regulations for the Trademarks Act (Cap15:23) 2002 came into effect in Montserrat on 1 November 2012.

Under the new Act, the ‘dual’ registration system which provides for the filing of either independent or UK-based applications remains in place. The changes primarily affect independent applications (bringing them into line with UK-based applications). Some of the changes are:

- Provision for the registration of service marks
- Provision for the registration of collective, certification and series marks
- Adoption of the Nice Classification (10th Edition) (replacing the old British Classification of 50 classes)
- Provision for the recordal of licences
- Revision of the renewal term from 14 to 10 years
- General increase in the official fees

Source: Spoor & Fisher, South Africa/Channel Islands