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Dez 01, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 14/11)
Ireland
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Change of Practice in Honest Concurrent Use


The Irish Patents Office has announced a change of practice regarding honest concurrent use which will come into effect on 1 December, 2011.

The Office has suspended its former practice of automatically refusing honest concurrent use based trademark applications where a subsequent opposition from the holder of the earlier trademark was received.

In the future, the Controller will consider each of these opposition cases based on various factors that are defined in the new procedure. The new procedure can be seen here here

Source: www.patentsoffice.ie