Law

Trade Mark Law No.33 of 1952 amended by Law No.34 of 1999. The new amendment brings the said law into line with the TRIPS Agreement.

Classification

The said new adoption of the Ninth Edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services allows for the protection of service marks in international classes 35 up to 45.

Examination

Examination as to registrability and existence of prior rights. A 3 month period is allowed for opposition against published trademarks.

Duration

A registration is for 10 years from the date of filing registration and renewable for similar periods. Late renewal is possible upon payment of additional fee. The grace period is one year after expiration of the term.

Use

Non-use for 3 years immediately preceding the application for cancellation makes the registration vulnerable to cancellation.

Assignment

Assignment of a registered trademark is possible with or without the business concerned. Recordation of an assignment in the register is mandatory.