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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mrz 21, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 4/19)
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Appeals to be Filed Before Court Now

The Sudanese Trademark Office issued a jurisdictional update that the committee of appeal attached to the Trademark Office has been dissolved and that the implementation stipulated by Article 16 (2) of the Sudanese IP Law No. 8 of 1969 will be enforced from now on.

Article 16 (2) of the Sudanese IP Law states that any refusal by the Registrar to register a mark or any condition, amendment, modification or limitation imposed by him shall be subject to appeal to the Court.

Thus, it is now mandatory to file an appeal before the Court through a lawyer for any refusal by the Registrar. The said regulations will also be applicable to international registrations filed through the Madrid System. It will be applied retroactively for any trademarks currently under appeal with the Trademark Office and not yet processed by the Dissolved Committee of Appeal. They will be summarily rejected and new appeals will have to be brought before the competent courts of that jurisdiction.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar