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Cape Verde implements Harare, Banjul Protocols

On 14 October 2022, the Harare Protocol and the Banjul Protocol came into effect in The Republic of Cape Verde, thus it became the 20th contracting State of the Harare Protocol and the 13th contracting State of the Banjul Protocol.

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Lisbon becomes Portugal’s first certified Authenticity

On 26 October 2022, the municipality of Lisbon became the first certified Portuguese Authenticity to join the subproject called European Network of Authenticities of the European Cooperation Project ECP8.

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Targovishte becomes Bulgaria’s third certified Authenticity

On 2 November 2022, the Bulgarian city of Targovishte joined the subproject called European Network of Authenticities of the European Cooperation Project ECP8.

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Madrid Protocol fees revised for Colombia

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 revised the amounts of individual fees applicable when Colombia 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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EUIPO adopts convergence project CP15

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently adopted a new convergence project called CP15: Comparison of Goods and Services: Treatment of Terms Lacking Clarity and Precision and Common Interpretation of Canon and Other Criteria.

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Kenya to make recordation of IP rights mandatory

On 1 January 2023, Kenya will commence enforcing recordals of IP rights for imports, following which Kenyan firms will not be able to import goods whose IP rights have not been recorded with the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (ACA).

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Revised rules on representatives and renewals under Madrid Protocol comes into force

The amendments to Rules 3, 5 and 30 of the Regulations under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks entered into force on 1 November 2022.

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