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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Dez 01, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 17/10)
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New Trademark Law Issued/Opposition Period Changed

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh issued on November 22th, 2010, decision No. 23 of the year 2010 concerning trademarks and geographical indications which will be implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The 61-article law includes definitions, trademarks, geographical indications, temporary procedures, penalties and general provisions.

Major amendments are:

- the opposition period decreases from 6 months to 3 months
- severe penalties for infringement
- one year trademark renewal period

The new law will come into force 3 months after its issuance.