The trademark ‘BOLSHOI THEATRE’ has been designated a well-known mark

Several years ago, the mark of the Moscow State Theatre has been declared well-known.

The words “BOLSHOI THEATRE’ and ‘BOLSHOI’ may only be used with the theatre’s permission.
Moreover, this is not limited merely to Classes 35 and 41, for which the mark has been registered, but includes all classes.
The initiative to declare the mark well-known came mostly from the theatre itself, which is hardly surprising:
the Russian ballet performed in the state theatre is world-famous, so it is desired that the theatre troupe would not be associated with anything else.

Israel changes due to Implementation of Madrid Protocol: New Multi-Class Application

With effect from June 1st, 2010 Israel access to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks, making the 85th member of the Wipo and the 82nd Member of the Protocol.
Starting from September 1st, 2010 the Israel Trademark Office adopt a multi-class filing and registration system, enabling new applications to be filed in multiple classes, with a reduced official filing fee being applied to each class after the first. Continue

Iraq New Regulations to Expedite the Trademarks Examination

In an attempt to expedite the slow processing of old pending trademarks applications which had been filed long time and not examined yet, the Trademark Office in Baghdad decided that examination procedures will be carried out in chronological order, not randomly, giving priority to old applications filed during or after the Iraqi War.

Meanwhile, the examination procedures have already started for the first group of applications bearing filing numbers 44000 to 45000, which are deemed to be completed. The second group of applications will begin shortly and so on for all remaining applications. The old applications filed early 2004 until 2007 are expected to be examined.

Furthermore it is decided that recording change of owner’s name or address will not be effected unless a notarized declaration or statement attesting this change is submitted and further legalized by the Iraqi Consulates.
Accordingly, the already filed extracts from commercial registers proving these changes will not be accepted
anymore and new notarized and legalized certificates are to be prepared.

New Trademarks Law issued in Lybia

On October 21, 2010 the new Trademarks Law has entered into force in Libya.

According to the new Law, published in the special edition of the Official Gazette No. 12 /Legislation Section,
the previous Trademark Law No. 40 of the year 1956 will be canceled.

The new Law incorporates articles that enhance trademarks protection in the country mainly those related to unfair competition, well-known trademarks, collective and quality marks.

The trademark ‘BOLSHOI THEATRE’ has been designated a well-known mark.

Several years ago, the mark of the Moscow State Theatre has been declared well-known.

The words “BOLSHOI THEATRE’ and ‘BOLSHOI’ may only be used with the theatre’s permission.

Moreover, this is not limited merely to Classes 35 and 41, for which the mark has been registered, but includes all classes.

The initiative to declare the mark well-known came mostly from the theatre itself, which is hardly surprising: the Russian ballet performed in the state theatre is world-famous, so it is desired that the theatre troupe would not be associated with anything else.

New mandatory requirement in Syria: legalization of Power of Attorney

On 3 October 2010 the Intellectual Property Office announced that a legalized power of attorney up to the Syrian Consulate or to the Embassy abroad must be submitted retroactively as of the first of January 2010.

According to the current Trademark Law, the grace period to submit the power of attorney is six months with penalty for late filing, bearing in mind that legalization by the Ministry of Foreign Affair in Syria (local legalization) takes about two months.

The practical effect of this requirement will be on the following categories of trademark applications:

– pending applications: any trademark application that has been filed and not accepted yet without a power of attorney or at least with a notarized copy for a period of more than six months will be considered officially lapsed and therefore a new application needs to be filed.

– renewal applications: any renewal application filed and not accepted yet, the legalized power of attorney must be submitted within 6 months (with penalty for late filing of the power of attorney). In case of shortage of time and the grace period for late renewal is still available (six months after expiration date) then we may file a new renewal application to avoid cancellation of the original renewal application. This will give us six months to submit the power of power from the date of the second renewal application. By this, the client will have to pay additional official fees for renewal applications with penalty for late filing of the power of attorney.

– appeals: oppositions or appeals submitted against provisional refusal of international applications filed through WIPO. Appeals which were also filed without power of attorney since more than six months are considered as abandoned.
The other concern is that any of the above applications, which were filed for more than 3 months, is expected also to be legally invalid since legalization of powers of attorney up to the Syrian Consulates abroad needs about one month and another two months for local legalization which brings the total to 6 months or more.

It is worth mentioning here that the above decision will apply also to any patent application filed and yet to be accepted.

What is good about this new development is that trademarks owners are required to submit the legalized power of attorney for one time only, and the said power will be kept at the Notary Public Office after legalization and a certified copy thereof will be obtained for each new trademark application to be filed in the name of the said owners.

The Republic of Serbia Join the Nice Agreement

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) notified the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, on September 17, 2010, of its instrument of accession to the Nice Agreement concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks of June 15, 1957, as revised in Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and in Geneva on May 13, 1977, and amended on September 28, 1979.

According to WIPO, the Geneva Act of the Nice Agreement as amended, will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Serbia, on December 17, 2010.