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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 24, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 13/18)
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Notarisation Required for Authorisation of Agent Forms

On May 10, 2018, the Belize Intellectual Property Office (BELIPO) announced that all authorisations of agent forms must now be notarised. If notarisation is not common in a particular trademark owner’s jurisdiction, then legalisation will also be accepted as authentication of the signed document.

Nothing in the Trade Marks Act or related Trade Marks Rules indicates that notarisation or legalisation of forms is required. Neither the Act nor Rules were amended. However, the IPO is granted discretion in many matters and is relying on that discretion to institute the new notarization requirement.

Source: Caribbean IP, USA