Mozambique: Important development regarding the refiling of refused trade mark applications

For many years the Registry in Mozambique took the view that it was not possible for trade mark owners to refile trade mark applications that had been refused.

Following submissions by our firm, the Registry has now acknowledged that there is in fact nothing in the law, the IPI Code Decree no 47/2015, that prohibits the refiling of refused trade mark applications.

Refiled applications will be treated as fresh applications, and they will be subject to all the usual requirements and examination processes. This means that the same grounds of objection that were raised against the refused application can be raised against the later application.

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Date published: 5 June 2017
Author: Spoor & Fisher

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