International trademark practice has developed letters of consent to overcome a prima facie conflict between trademarks. The Polish Patent Office has accepted letters of consent in the past; however, a couple of years ago it changed its position and it now refuses to acknowledge them. Legislation has now been proposed under which they would once again be accepted if they fulfilled certain requirements.
The Polish judicial system is not particularly effective in pursuing infringements of intellectual property. However, in recent years, the number of dismissals of cases involving such infringements has been falling, and the number of convictions and the value of compensation has been rising. The Polish law enforcement authorities are slowly realising that a breach of IP rights is a serious offence.