Important amendments in the Czech trademark law came into force

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As of 01.01.2019, some new and significant amendments in the Czech trademark law came into force. The local Patent Office will not check for earlier identical or similar trademarks when examining new applications. The owners of such rights will have an opportunity to file oppositions in order to protect its registered signs. This by itself requires the Trademark bulletin, issued by the Patent Office, to be checked on a regular basis. Apart from this, the amendments allow registration of new types of marks such as signs of sounds, smells, positions, movements, etc.

The law will consider unauthorized use of trademarks in the names of companies to be a trademark infringement.

Source: Lexology, Kinstellar – Zdeněk Kučera.

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