Amendments to the patent and trademark laws entered into force in Montenegro on January 18, 2023. The trademark law amendments are intended to harmonize national legislation with Directive (EU) 2015/2436 and with the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, while the patent law amendments aim to harmonize national legislation with Directive (EU) 2019/933.
Trademark Law Amendments
The graphical representation requirement has been removed, meaning that a sign can be represented in any form that distinguishes the goods or services applied for from those of other undertakings and enables the authorities to clearly establish the scope of protection that is sought. Sound marks may now be represented by audio files and not only by musical phrases shown in notation. Trademarks may now also consist of personal names and the three-dimensional features such as shape or packaging of goods, which was previously not directly specified in the law. Read more