New fees for international trademarks for Denmark

flag-667467_960_720.jpgWIPO reports about new individual fees payable for designation of Denmark in international applications for trademarks. These fees, which will come into force on 01.07.2019, are as follow:

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New fees regarding international trademarks for Tunisia

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WIPO reports about changes regarding the individual fees payable in case of applications for registration of international trademarks where Tunisia is a designated country. The fees will enter into force on 28.02.2019 and are as follow:

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Lithuania introduced some important changes in its trademark legislation

lithuania-966145_960_720.jpgAs of 01.01.2019, some important changes have been introduced in the trademark law in Lithuania, which adopt provisions from the EU Trademark Directive 2015/2436.  The most essential of them are:

  • there is no more a requirement for graphical representation of a sign when it is applied for trademark protection;
  • an opposition system was introduced which means that the Patent Office will make an examination on absolute grounds, and after that, every interested party can file an opposition based on earlier rights;
  • certification marks are now possible for registration;
  • invalidation and cancelation of trademarks will be done by the Patent Office, and not only by the Court as before.
  • the trademark owner can stop goods labeled with his trademark to be transited across the country unless the person transporting the goods proves that the trademark owner is not entitled to prohibit the placing of those goods on the market in the country of final destination.
  • the fees for registration of trademarks have been increased. For example, the fee for new trademark application goes up from 138 euro to 180 euro for one class of goods and services.

For more information here.

Source: Marques Class 46.

 

 

 

Samoa joins The Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks

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WIPO informs about the Somoa accession to the Madrid Protocol for international registration of trademarks. In that way, the participating Member States become 103. According to the information Samoa will require individual fees for such marks as well as every license for an international trademark will have to be registered with the local Patent Office.

The Protocol will enter into force for the country on 04.03.2019.

For more information here.

San Marino joins the Hague Agreement

san-marino-1681021_960_720WIPO reports about the accession of the Republic of San Marino to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. This Agreement, which will enter into force for the country on 26.01.2019, gives an easy way for applying for industrial design protection in various countries around the world submitting only one application and paying one total fee instead of doing that in every single country.

More information can be found here.

The trademark reform in Mexico is now a reality

mexico-641596_960_720Some important changes to the Trademark law in Mexico came into force on 10.08.2018. According to them:

  • non-traditional marks are allowed for protection;
  • consent letters and coexistence agreements will be accepted by the Patent Office;
  • refusals based on lack of distinctiveness will be overcome by acquired distinctiveness;
  • the Patent Office will issue decisions on trademark oppositions;
  • all Office actions will be published in its official gazette;
  • there will be a 10% reduction in office fees for online applications for trademarks;

In addition to this: “In particular, for all trademarks filed or granted after 10 August 2018, submision of a declaration of actual and effective use will be required once the trademark becomes subject to use (the declaration needs to be presented within 3 months once 3 years have elapsed since registration of the trademark).”

Furthermore: “Another important change brand owners have to be aware of is that trademarks can no longer be filed for a broad range of goods and services but only for the specific goods and services of interest.”

Source:  Bernardo Herrerias Franco, Alfredo Pineda Nieto and Valentina Schmid (Hogan Lovells) on Lexology.