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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Thu, 06/05/2021 - 14:01

It is anticipated that the Eurasian Patent Office will start accepting design applications from 1st June 2021 following a recent announcement. Such rights will initially provide regional protection in five of the eight member states of the Eurasian Patent Organisation (EAPO) in which the Protocol has entered into force, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. In the remaining three member states (Belarus, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan), the Protocol will enter into force 3...


Wed, 31/03/2021 - 10:44

The new Trade Mark Law of Myanmar passed in 2019 had been due to enter into force on 1 April 2021. However, the military coup which took place in Myanmar in February 2021 has meant that the Grand Opening of the Intellectual Property Office will be delayed.   The Intellectual Property Office has been accepting applications since 1 October 2020 during its “soft opening period”. During this time, trade marks previously recorded at the Registry of Deeds under the old system can be filed with...


Mon, 01/03/2021 - 10:33

At the beginning of 2020 we reported that the Somali Ministry of Commerce and Industry had once again started accepting trade mark applications for the first time since the civil war in 1991. We understand that these applications are now to be cleared via a pre-filing search, examined on absolute grounds and published for opposition purposes prior to grant. It is no longer recommended, or necessary, to publish cautionary notices.   Somalia became a Federal Republic in 2012 and, as per...


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