INDIA : The pandemic has led to a period of uncertainty over rights that might have been taken for granted.
Trademarks advertized during the pandemic may be subject to opposition proceedings extended until May 30, 2022, even if the opposition period initially set has expired.
This and other measures relating to trademark matters have been instigated by local instances on account of the health crisis which has hit Indian territory hard.
More particularly, all trademarks published between November 18, 2019 and January 24, 2022 inclusive, regardless of current status (including registered trademarks), will have their opposition period “extended” until May 30, 2022.
- Any opposition filed before that date for the trademarks concerned will thus automatically be admissible by the Office, which will proceed with with the examination thereof. If a certificate of registration has already been issued, however, it will be suspended until a ruling on the opposition is handed down by the office;
- If no opposition has been filed by May 30, 2022, the registrations already granted will remain valid and their owners will be free to exercise the associated rights.
CHILI : The Chilean government has deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol. It thereby becomes the 111th member of the Madrid system (international trademark), which covers 127 countries in total. The Protocol will enter into force for Chili on July 4, 2022.
CHINA : As of May 5, 2022, it will be possible for you to cover this territory through filing an international design, as China has recently acceded to the Geneva Act of the Hague system (more than 90 countries).
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