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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jan 31, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 1/19)
Czech Republic
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Important Amendments to Trademark Law

As of January 1, 2019, new and significant amendments in the Czech trademark law came into force. Some of the amendments are below:

- The local Patent Office will not check for earlier identical trademarks when examining new applications.
- The owners of such rights will have an opportunity to file oppositions in order to protect its registered signs.
- The graphical representation requirement of a trademark has been abandoned. Trademarks can be expressed in any form capable of reproduction, provided it allows for a clear and precise determination of the subject of the trademark protection.
- New claims arising from IP rights ownership (unauthorized use of registered trademarks in the names of corporations and in comparative advertising expressly recognized as trademark infringement)