IP Law: the Seniority Project
News    ·   15-05-2013

AUTHOR: Nicholas Trapani Galea Feriol

The National IP Office of Malta has joined Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, the Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Benelux, Slovenia, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Romania in the implementation of the Seniority Project.

Having accurate seniority data is important for trademark owners within the European Community who have previously registered an identical mark in an EU member state which has been surrendered or allowed to lapse.

The project, a part of The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market's Cooperation Fund, involves establishing links between entries in the national and Community databases and making the information accessible online.

A seniority claim allows Community Trademark owners to continue to have the same rights within the member state which they would have had if the earlier trademark had continued to be registered.

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