Kosovo : a new trademark law in line with the European Union legislation

The new trademark law in Kosovo came into force on September 8, 2011. This law is part of a general change in the intellectual property system. In addition, the Law on Industrial Designs and the Law on Patents were also modified so as to harmonize them with the European legislation.

From now on, trademark rights are only acquired through registration, mere use is not enough anymore. Protection of a well-known trademark is also acquired via registration.

In addition, a third-party may present some observations within three months of the publication of the trademark application in the Official Gazette but they will not take part in the proceedings.

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