Monday, August 29 2022   \  Published by Lexology.

First Revision in 10 Years: Trademark Examination Guidelines on Distinctiveness & Key Points You Should Know

First Revision in 10 Years: Trademark Examination Guidelines on Distinctiveness & Key Points You Should Know

The latest "Examination Guidelines on Distinctiveness of Trademarks" ("Guidelines") have just been announced by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") and will be enforced on 1 Sepetember 2022. 

This is the first revision the IPO made in the last 10 years, the goal being to strengthen the examination standards of trademark distinctiveness. The extensive amendments also greatly increase the number of pages of the Guidelines from 51 pages to 120 pages. The amended Guidelines were enacted and promulgated on 26 July, 2022 by the IPO, and will provide helpful guidance for applicants to assess whether a mark is distinctive. Read more

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