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The types of trademark use are becoming more and more diverse due to the changes and development in the types of market transaction. To remind and instruct trademark holders to accurately and legally use their registered trademarks and to effectively maintain their trademark rights, TIPO published the amended Notice on the Use of Registered Trademarks on August 23, 2019.
The key revisions are as follows: 1. New criteria for determining trademark identity and explanations of sample cases; 2. New sample cases and explanations of actual use of trademarks regarding “addition of other elements such as words or devices,” “usage in conjunction with other trademarks or signs,” as well as disclaimers or obviously without doubts included in the reproduction of a trademark; and 3. Regarding Internet usage, additional principles were added for determining “genuine use.” TIPO hopes that the amended Notice will serve as a clearer guideline for trademark holders making use of their registered trademarks. Those interested are encouraged to learn more about the amendment.