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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Mrz 18, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 5/14)
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Trademark Law Changed

On February 6, 2014 the President of the Kyrgyz Republic signed the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Amendments and Additions to the Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin." The law was adopted by the Parliament on December 18, 2013.

The Law was developed by the Kyrgyz Patent Office to improve the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of intellectual property. Introducing some amendments into the existing Law was encouraged by the current legal practice.

The Law provides the applicant with the right within 6 months from the filing date to apply for an early examination of the mark. Said examination shall be held not earlier than 6 months from the filing date.

In addition, the Law gives trademark owners the right to pledge exclusive rights to a trademark, and defines the concept of a well-known trademark.

Also, the Law shortens the term of publication in the official bulletin of information relating to the registration of the trademark and appellations of origin inserted into the Register up to 1 month. Earlier the publication term was 3 months. The period for issuing the certificate on the appellation of origin has also been reduced by the Law to 1 month.

The Law further contains amendments of the clarifying nature that will contribute to the correct interpretation and effective implementation of the Law "On Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin".

Source: Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners, Ukraine