Three new IP laws to enter into force
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The government of Montenegro is currently reviewing three new draft IP laws - the Draft Law on Trademarks, the Draft Law on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs and the Draft Law on the Protection of Topographies of Semiconductors.
The new trademark law aims to shorten the registration process and achieve full compliance with the relevant EU regulations by:
- abolishing substantive examination on relative grounds; and
- introducing opposition proceedings.
Under the new system, a trademark application will be examined on absolute grounds only. If the application meets the requirements for registration, it will be published in the Official Gazette of the Montenegrin Intellectual Property Office. Third parties will have three months from the date of publication to file a written opposition.
The new trademark law will comply with the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which is crucial for Montenegro's accession to the World Trade Organization.
The new trademark law is expected to enter into force within the next six months, while the other draft laws are expected to enter into force by the end of the year.
Jasna Jusic Paovic, PETOŠEVIC, Podgorica
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