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12 March 2018
On January 10 2018 the president issued Decree 27/2018, which aims to further reduce and simplify the regulations of relevant regimes in order to provide an efficient response to requests for the exercise of commerce and the development of industry (eg, agro-industrial activity).
The decree introduced amendments to Trademark Law 22,362, AR Patent Law 24,481 and the Industrial Models and Designs Decree 6673/63.
In regard to industrial property, the decree aims to reduce the burden on applicants by shortening prosecution times.
Although these amendments became effective on January 12 2018, they are yet to be ratified by Congress.
In regard to trademark law, the decree simplifies the opposition procedure; implements the administrative resolution of oppositions, nullities and cancellation for non-use actions; and requires proof of use for registered trademarks.
The new decree's most important amendments are as follows:
The regulation implementing these changes will be issued by INPI in the near future.
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