A new Industrial Property Law is expected to come into force during 1999, with a commencement date now likely to be 1st July 1999. It had been widely publicised that the new law would be effective from 1st January 1999, but it has been delayed due to local budgetary constraints.

To maintain their validity, existing registrations (which are all based on U.K. granted trade marks) must be re-registered under the new law within a period of 12 months from the law coming into force.

The introduction of a substantive registration system will provide for :-

·         Multi (international) class applications, covering goods and/or services

·         Convention Priority claims

·         A local examination procedure

·         Opposition procedure

·         10 year term, renewable for like periods