Friday 17 April 2009

Belarus amends rules on registration of IP pledges

On 21 March 21 the Belarus Council of Ministers adopted a new Regulation on the Registration of Licensing Agreements, Assignment Agreements, Pledge Agreements on Industrial Property Rights and Franchise Agreements. This regulation complies with the State Measures for IP Protection for the period between 2008 and 2010 and requires that licensing agreements, assignment agreements and pledge agreements on industrial property rights, useful patterns, industrial designs, plants, integrated circuit topographies, trade marks and service marks must be registered with the Patent Office.

The regulation, which also applies to franchise agreements and certain know-how licences, establishes registration deadlines and outlines a list of documents necessary for their registration. It is expected to enter into force after its official publication.

Source: note by Jovana Miocinovic, SD Petosevic, Belgrade, for World Trademark Review.

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