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12-20-2017 (Newsletter Issue 22/17)
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Practice Change on Trademark Renewals

The Trademark Laws of Afghanistan do not contain any provision for grace periods. The Trademark Registration Law (2009) Article 20 (3) adopted in Afghanistan, says that a trademark which has not been renewed within the last six months of the ten years protection period stands expunged.

In practice the trademark department has allowed a 6 month grace period from the expiration date. The practice will come to an end as of December 2017 and consequently there is no possibility to renew the trademark registration after the expiry of the protection period. Renewal applications should be made during the 6 months preceding the expiry date.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar