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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 01, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 6/10)
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Introduction of Opposition Proceedings and Amendment of Official Fees

With the latest amendment of the trademark law of 2009, trademark opposition proceedings were introduced. Owners of prior trademarks may file an opposition against the registration of confusingly similar trademarks at the Austrian Trademark Office within 3 months from publication. Owners of prior trademark filings have the same right as long as their filing proceeds to registration. Opposition can be filed against trademarks published after July 1st, 2010.
The fees for trademark filing were amended as well: As from January 1st, 2010, the total fees have to be paid at the beginning of the registration proceedings. The fee for each additional class exceeding the 3rd is raised from EUR 25.00 to EUR 40.00. The former trademark duration fee has been integrated with the filing fee. The total filing fee for up to three classes amounts to EUR 329.00, and another EUR 40.00 for each additional class.

Source: Sonn & Partner, Austria