New amendments to Montenegrin trademark legislation, which came into force this year, aim to align with EU regulations, specifically Directive 2015/2436.
The principal changes and their impact
Following the example of other European countries, the new Montenegrin Trademark Law no longer requires applications to include a graphical representation. Additionally, marks can now consist of a personal name or in the form of a sound without musical notation, as was previously required.
The amendments facilitate quicker registration of trademarks by shortening the examination procedure. The deadline for examination has been cut from 60 to 30 days, as has the maximum length of any extension.
Similarly, regulation of third-party observations has been substantially altered. The new legislation mandates that the competent authority notify a mark’s applicant about any third-party statements and allow 15 days for a response. Read more