According to a recent notification issued by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), objections raised against the registration of marks which constitute a reproduction or an imitation of well-known trademarks must be filed at the IPO on the third day of each month (or the next working day in case of an official weekend or a national holiday). A Special Committee at the IPO (established to look into such objections pursuant to Presidential Resolution no. 47/2009 and Ministerial Resolution no. 2167/2009) is then expected to make its decision within a one month period only. The Committee is comprised of ten experienced trademark lawyers and highly trained professionals. With the exception of the month of January 2010, the Committee will also be meeting on the third day of each month to report on its decisions. The first Committee meeting for January 2010 was scheduled on the 13th of the month.

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