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Feb 28, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 3/19)
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Division and Merger of International Registrations Possible Now

WIPO informs that international registrations may be divided and merged as of February 1, 2019.

Divisions may be useful where, for example, the Office of a designated Contracting Party refuses an International Registration for only some of the classes of goods or services (or refuses only some of the goods or services within one class) covered by the International Registration.

The merger of International Registrations can be requested if they were seperated through
- the recording of a partial change of ownership
- the recording of division.

Full details of the amendments to the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol concerning the division and merger of international registrations can be seen in our earlier update or at the WIPO’s website