Trademark registration in Maldives – FAQ’s

Protection of trademark in Maldives is by way of publishing a  caution notice in the local newspapers in circulation in Maldives. We have tried to address the frequently asked questions (FAQ's) from our clients about the trademark registration in Maldives in this post and hope you find this useful.

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Sri Lanka’s accession to Madrid Protocol

The decision to accede to the Madrid Protocol has been a debate for the past 3 to 4 years in Sri Lanka. While the country had agreed to accede to the Madrid protocol in 2017, for unknown reasons it was pushed to 2018 and further again to 2020. Finally, they have agreed to accede to the Madrid Protocol by mid-2020.

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Court comes to the rescue of the IP holders in India – Extension of deadlines due to COVID-19

The Supreme Court of India had taken suo moto cognizance and rendered a laudable order on March 23, 2020, by extending the period of limitation in all matters, irrespective of the genre of laws. It held that a period of limitation in all proceedings, irrespective of the limitation prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable or not shall stand extended with effect from March 15, 2020, until further order(s) are passed in the proceeding.

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Updates from the IP offices in the Indian Sub-Continent (COVID-19)

Subsequent to the lockdown/restrictions announced due to the COVID-19 situation, by the Government of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh & the Maldives the respective IP offices have either suspended their operations or have limited staff working remotely. 

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Indian IP office notifications relating to the extension of deadlines at the time of COVID-19

The paranoia around the COVID-19 continues to stretch the air, people, citizens and the government continue to strive to put their best foot forward to ensure maximum safety and avoid anarchy. With this, we would like to inform you that, the Indian government have been meticulous in their work and have always ensured the best for its citizens, with this the Indian Patent Office, the Indian Trade Marks Registry and the Indian Copyright Office have released their official notices dated,…

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Pre-grant patent opposition in India

The pre-grant opposition can be filed by anyone at any time from the date of publishing of the patent application in the patent journal up to its grant. To initiate a Pre-Grant Opposition, the aggrieved party must submit their opposition representation, in writing to the Controller. This submission may be supported with additional and relevant evidence to substantiate the claims made therein.

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The Bridge to India- The Guidelines bridging the gap

The Indian Patent Office (IPO) released the guidelines on November 29, 2019. These procedure guidelines mention the procedures that applicants need to follow while requesting for expedited examination under the PPH pilot program.

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The Bridge to India – The potential of the recent PPH agreement between Japan & India

With the announcement of the Bilateral Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Programme between the Indian Patent Office under the Controller General of Patents, Design and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the floodgates to investments and financing in India has opened opportunities beyond borders.

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Trademarks- A sanctioned vent of cultural appropriation-II

While trademark is meant for a dual function of identifying and distinguishing from others, public interest and community sentiments have also been taken into consideration in trademark law.

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Nei Patent ; Nei Infringement

Upon a thorough examination, the Court concluded that if a patent has not been renewed, no action for infringement would lie. Similarly, once the patent is published, no infringement action can be filed until the patent is granted, though damages can be sought with effect from the date of publication. Thus, the continuation of an injunction, even for a day, would not be permissible once the patent is revoked.

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