All trademark news that you might have missed last month in one convenient overview. Read up on the latest news reported by the Kluwer IP Reporter.

Kazakhstan amends official IP fees

The Kazakh Intellectual Property Office revised some of its official fees with effect from 10 July 2023.

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Slovenia amends IP law

With an aim to align the Slovenian national industrial property law with the international law, Slovenia started implementing its amended Industrial Property Act with effect from 27 July 2023.

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EUIPN publishes manual on trademarks’ descriptiveness

On 15 September 2023, the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN) published a Manual on Descriptiveness of Trade Marks in collaboration with the Intellectual Property (IP) offices/registries of the CARIFORUM States—namely, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago

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Madrid Protocol fees revised for European Union

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 on 12 September 2023 notified revised individual fees applicable when the European Union 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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Senegal joins Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement

On 5 September 2023, the Government of the Republic of Senegal joined the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (Geneva Act) by depositing its instrument of accession with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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USPTO introduces new trademark search tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the beta launch of its new, cloud based trademark search system that is set to replace the current Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).

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Revised Madrid Protocol to enter into force soon

Amendments to Rules 17, 18, 32 and 40 of the Regulations under the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Mark, adopted during the 57th session of the Madrid Union Assembly, will come into force on 1 November 2023 while amendments to Rules 21, 23bis and 32 will become effective on 1 November 2024.

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