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Liberia introduces new rules on trademarks, patents

The Republic of Liberia has recently promulgated some regulations on trademarks and patents under the Industrial Property Act of 2016.

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Morocco accedes to Hague System

On 22 April 2022, the government of the Kingdom of Morocco acceded to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (“Geneva Act”) by depositing its instrument of accession with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, thus becoming the 69th member of the Geneva Act.

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Taiwan amends trademark and patent law in a bid to join CPTPP

As a prelude to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan has recently passed draft amendments to its Trademark Act and to Article 60-1 of the Patent Act.

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Ukraine suspends IP deadlines

On 1 April 2022 Ukraine adopted Law No. 2174-IX titled “On the Protection of Rights of Intellectual Property Subjects during Martial Law in Connection with Military Aggression of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine.” The Law entered into force on 13 April 2022.

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Canada takes steps to improve timeliness in issuance of trademark rights

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has released a Practice Notice regarding the measures it would take to accelerate examination of trademark applications and thereby ensure timely issuance of trademark rights.

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Cabo Verde accedes to Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement

On 6 April 2022 the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde acceded to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (Geneva Act) by depositing its instrument of accession with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Madrid Protocol fees fixed for Chile

Pursuant to the provisions of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization has established the amounts of individual fees applicable when Chile is designated in an international application or in an application for renewal of international registration or is a subject of subsequent designation.

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USPTO to issue trademark certificates in electronic form

On 2 May 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it will begin issuing electronic trademark registration certificates on 7 June 2022 using the Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR) system.

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