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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mai 19, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 6/22)
ARIPO
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Amendments to Banjul Protocol in Force


The Administrative Council of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has approved amendments to the Banjul Protocol on Marks and the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs, which entered into force on 1 January 2022.

Some important changes to the Banjul Protocol are the following:
- There is a fixed period of 12 months within which registration fees must be paid after a trademark application has been accepted and published. If this is not the case, the application is deemed to be withdrawn.
- Early publication of a trademark application may be requested provided that all designated Member States have accepted the application earlier than within the 9-month period. In addition, ARIPO has introduced a rule allowing for the separate publication of refused and conditionally refused applications, which was not previously provided for.
- Compliance with official time limits is strictly enforced. If no extension is granted, a trademark application or registration is deemed to have lapsed one month after the expiry of the time limit.

For more information on the notification to the Banjul Protocol, please click here

The 2022 Edition of the Banjul Protocol on Marks can be seen here


Source: www.aripo.org; www.ensafrica.com