Trademark amendment speeds up applications with Paris priority
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On June 10 2011 amendments to the Regulations of the Mexican Industrial Property Law were published in the Mexican Official Gazette. These amendments, which took effect from June 13 2011, seek to speed up the prosecution process for trademark applications, including applications to register slogans.
In short, with effect from applications made from the date of coming into force of the amendments, it is now no longer necessary to file a certified copy of a priority application under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Instead, applicants need only indicate the priority filing date, serial number and country of origin in their application papers.
Since Mexican Law provides for the invalidation of a registration in the event that the applicant supplies false information, the integrity of the system is sufficiently provided for without the need for a certified copy.
Jeremy Phillips, IP consultant to Olswang LLP, London
Source: "Recent reforms to the Mexican Industrial Property Law dealing with trademark priority rights", Olivares & Cia newsletter
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