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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 22, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 8/21)
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Accession to Madrid Protocol

On February 24, 2021, Pakistan deposited with WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, containing:
- the declaration extending the refusal period to 18 months and making it possible to notify refusals based on opposition after the expiry of that period (Article 5(2)(b) and (c) of the Madrid Protocol);
- the declaration indicating that Pakistan wishes to receive an individual fee when it is designated in an international application, in a subsequent designation and in respect of the renewal of an international registration (Article 8(7)(a) of the Madrid Protocol). The amounts of that individual fee will be the subject of a separate information notice;
- the notification indicating that Pakistan requires, when it is designated under the Madrid Protocol, a declaration of intention to use the mark (Rule 7(2) of the Regulations under the Madrid Protocol);
- the notification indicating that the recording of licenses in the International Register shall have no effect in Pakistan (Rule 20bis(6)(b) of the Regulations under the Madrid Protocol); and
- the notification indicating that the Office of Pakistan will not present to WIPO requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division because the law of Pakistan does not provide for the merger of registrations of a mark (Rule 27ter(2)(b) of the Regulations under the Madrid Protocol).

The Madrid Protocol will enter into force on May 24, 2021.

For further Information can be seen in the Information Notice No. 4/2021 here