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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mrz 05, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 3/20)
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New Regulations / New Schedule of Fees / New Administrative Instructions

WiPO informs about changes with regard to new Regulations, new Schedule of Fees and new Administrative Instructions.

As of February 1, 2020, the Common Regulations are renamed the Regulations under the Protocol, which indicate that the Protocol is the sole treaty governing international applications and registrations under the Madrid System.

As a result, there are amendments to the Administrative Instructions and to the Schedule of Fees.

Amendments to Rule 30 of the Regulations under the Protocol simplify renewals considerably.

For Contracting Parties that have declared for an individual fee per class, the renewal fee will be calculated taking into account only the number of classes for which protection has been granted. The simplification means that holders of international registrations who have been granted partial protection and are appealing such decision will no longer be required to pay individual fees for classes that are not protected upon renewal.

Consequently, item 4 of the renewal form MM11 and the corresponding option in e-Renewal will be removed. The new MM11 form will be available for download as from February 1, 2020.

Where a designated Contracting Party, which has declared for an individual fee per class, informs in a further statement of a change in the goods and services protected, the next renewal fee in respect of that Contracting Party will be calculated in accordance with this further statement.

For full details, please check Notice No. 1/2020