Category Archives: News and Updates

BOTSWANA – Industrial Property Act comes into Effect

The new Industrial Property Act 2010 just came into effect onSeptember 1, 2012. Some of the mail elements of the Law are: PATENTS PCT applications are now possible since its accession to the Treaty in 2003. Utility Models are now … Continue reading

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ISRAEL – Multi-Class Applications are now Permitted

According to the new amendment to the Trademark Ordinance following TRIPPS, Multi-Class applications are now permitted and there is no need to file a separate application for each class. As for earlier applications for the same mark in each class … Continue reading

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MALAYSIA – Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Malaysian Trademark Office has adopted the 10th Edition of Nice Classification as of January 1, 2012. Thus, applications file after December 31, 2011 will be classified according to the new 10th Edition. As for earlier application filed before January … Continue reading

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SUDAN – Trademark Requirements

Recently the Trademark Office has issued a circular to Owners & Trademark Agents to observe the following conditions: Power of Attorney must be stamped by Corporate Seal and Notarized by Notary Public  (No further legalization is required). The Notarized Power … Continue reading

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INDONESIA – Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification

Effective January 2, 2012, the Indonesian Trademark Office has adopted the 10th Edition of Nice Classification. For applications filed that were filed before January 2, 2012 the 9th Edition of would continue to be followed. Some examples of re-classification would … Continue reading

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SOUTH KOREA – South Korean-United States Free Trade Agreement

The (KORUS-FTA) is scheduled to be implemented in early 2012 and is expected to bring the following highlights of major upcoming changes: Trademarks – Certification Marks will be allowed. – Sound and scent marks will receive trademark protection. – Requires … Continue reading

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CAYMAN ISLANDS – New Trademark & Patent Law

The new Patent & Trademark Law in Cayman Islands became effective on December 7, 2011. The following are some highlights: Registered Agent Required Owners of Trademark & patents can now only transact business with the Registry via a registered agent … Continue reading

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OMAN – Apostille Certificate is now Acceptable

The Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the accession of Oman to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. The Convention will be effective as of January 30, 2012. Accordingly, Oman will start accepting … Continue reading

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ISRAEL – Pharmaceutical Labeling to include Four Languages

As of August 1, 2012, labels of both prescription pharmaceuticals and anyOver-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals will have to include several important Details, including the brand name of a preparation in four languages, Hebrew, Arabic, English & Russian. At present, only non-prescription … Continue reading

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JAPAN – Similarity of Goods after the 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Japanese Trademark Office recently adopted the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification and consequently has revised the domestic rule of judging the similarity of goods and Services. Some examples of the revision of judgment of similarity of goods, as … Continue reading

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