Amendments to the Trademarks Legislation


3. December 2018

By Mariano Tabanera

Changes in the Trademark Legistation

Read on to know some amendments in the Trademark Legislation, which although they have not yet been effective it is important to take into account.

With the backdrop of the globalized marketplace in mind, the Mexican Government has recently approved a series of amendments to the IP Law, which will be effective as of August 10, 2018. There are several amendments in relation to trademarks that will change how we are used to working in this country: The very definition of what a trademark is has changed, and although the essence is still the same, it can now be constituted by any sign perceived by the senses that may identify or define a product or service. The text now allows for the registration of holographic signs, sounds and smells, which were previously barred from registration. Trade dress and certification mark registrations are also included in the new text.

Trademark Legistation – New amendments 

1- Declaration of Use 

A new requirement has been included, as a declaration of effective use will have to be filed during the third year of registration. If this is not done, the registration will expire. No extension is possible. This also applies for renewals: In order to renew a registration the use in at least one of the protected products in that registration will have to be declared.

It is important to highlight that only the registrations granted after the effective date of these amendments will be held to the obligation of filing a Declaration of Use.

Date of first use is required in the application. Failing or neglecting to do so will be considered as a declaration of no prior use. This cannot be amended.

2- Likelihood of confusion 

Perhaps one of the most relevant amendments is the fact that Consent Letters or Co-Existence Agreements will now be binding for the Examiners in cases of likelihood of confusion, even if the resemblance between the marks is very high. Although a bold move, we have yet to see how it is enacted.

3- New relevance of “Bad Faith”

Finally, a completely new relevance has been given to the concept of “bad faith,” allowing for objections and oppositions to applications based on the bad faith of the applicant. The amendments also include a revision of the grounds for cancellation of a mark based on bad faith, when there has been a commercial relation between the parties.

Conlusion of the changes in the Trademark Legislation

These are only some of the new amendments to the trademark legislation, which is not yet effective, and a Regulation for this new Law is still pending. Therefore, how it will be enacted and applied is yet to be seen. However, it is useful to have this in sight, in order to prepare clients for the new scenario.

If you need help registering a Trademark or you have questions about it do not hesitate to contact us. 

Source: http://dof.gob.mx/

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