Paris Convention, Madrid Arrangements, Nice Agreement

Law

Law No. 8 of 2007 for Distinctive Marks, Geographical Indications and Industrial Drawings and Designs. The law entered into force on April 12, 2007 and the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued its implementing regulations on April 15, 2007.

Classification

International classification for the goods and services is followed. A separate application should be filed for each class.

Duration

A trademark registration is for 10 years and can be renewed for similar periods. A grace period of six months is allowed for late renewal.

Use

A trademark is vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party if there has been no effective use of the trademark for a period of 3 consecutive years.

Assignment

Assignment and changes of ownership must be recorded within 90 days from the effective date. Otherwise, a penalty is to be paid for the delay.

Infringement

Infringement of a registered trademark is an offense and an actionable wrong.