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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 25, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 6/19)
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Trademark Act Changed

The Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu) passed The Act on Amendments to the Trademark Act which entered into force on April 1, 2019. The Estonian trademark procedure is harmonised with the Directive (EU) No. 2015/2436.

The most important changes include:
- Acceleration of the trademark registration as the Patent Office no longer searches for the existence of similar rights (trademarks, trade names).
- Abolishing the requirement of graphical depiction of trade marks in the existing law
- Simplifying the protection of non-traditional trademarks, such as sound, multimedia and hologram marks, eliminating the examination for relative grounds for refusal during the registration of trade marks in the Patent Office
- Amending the structure of the Industrial Property Board of Appeal to ensure faster and more effective dispute resolutions
- Extending the competence of the Industrial Property Board of Appeal by transferring it from under the Ministry of Justice to under the Patent Office

Also, with effect from April 15, 2019, the Patent Office issues trademark certificates and industrial design certificates electronically only.

For further information, please check the article of our Country Index partner, Metida Law Firm here

Please note that the amendments have been included and the Estonian survey has been updated thanks to our contributor Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ, Estonia.