Trademark Office violates law by reintroducing examination on relative grounds
The Romanian Trademark Office has recently decided to apply an internal order that it had issued in July 2012, under which the trademark examiners are obliged to examine trademark applications on relative grounds. As a result, the Trademark Office now issues provisional refusals based on prior trademarks, even though the Romanian Law on Trademarks and Indications of Origin (84/1998) (modified and republished) provides only for the examination of applications on absolute grounds.
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