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Panda Express lawsuit threat, BTS dispute resolved, and Philippines and Laos registry cooperation: news digest

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Panda Express lawsuit threat, BTS dispute resolved, and Philippines and Laos registry cooperation: news digest
<p>New Laos IP law is a significant step forward for domestic and international brands</p>
6 Jun 2018

New Laos IP law is a significant step forward for domestic and international brands

A new IP law will come into force in Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law has many other changes, including expanding the range of images eligible for trademark protection.

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8 Jun 2018

New law reforms Lao IP regime; opposition procedure introduced for the first time

The new Law on Intellectual Property, which was published on 25 May 2018, introduces an opposition procedure for the first time in Laos. Read more

8 Feb 2017

Implementation of geographical indications: a boon for local producers and investors?

The MOST has, at long last, issued a Decision on the Implementation of Geographical Indications under the Law on Intellectual Property. The decision allows both local and foreign GIs to be registered in Laos, and outlines a number of matters concerning GIs that had not previously been included in the Law on Intellectual Property. This has sent a positive signal to investors, but it may be some time before local producers become aware of the potential boon that GIs offer. Read more

27 Sep 2016

Multi-class trademark applications in Laos

Previously, the relevant trademark provisions in Laos provided for the filing of only a single application in a single class. These provisions were subsequently amended to allow for the registration of multi-class applications, an option that has now come into practice.

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6 Jun 2016

Multi-class system for trademark registration in Lao PDR

In 2011, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic reformed and modernised its national IP law to accept a multi-class system and therefore conform to internationally recognised standards.

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