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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Sep 02, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 13/14)
Albania
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IP Law Amended


Albania has adopted amendments to the Industrial Property Law aiming to reach a level of IP protection similar to that existing in the European Union. The law No. 55/2014 was published in the Official Gazette on 24 June 2014 and entered into force on 10 July 2014.

The most important changes related to trademarks are:

- Under the amendments, the PTO is to complete the examination of absolute grounds within three months from the application date. If all the formalities are not completed, the PTO will issue a notification giving the applicant a deadline of additional two months, to file additional documents if needed. The publication of the application will follow after the completion of the above.
- The amended law now includes provisions on certification marks, which can be registered according to the rules and regulations set out in the law.
- The law now foresees the cancellation of an earlier trademark filed in bad faith, whereas this legal ground was not included in the previous law.

Source: www.petosevic.com