The Afghan Trademark Registration Office (ATRO) has stipulated that it is no longer permissible to file trademark applications without a scanned copy of the notarized and legalized power of attorney to the Afghani Consulate abroad. The original power of attorney needs to be submitted within one month from the date of filing. This decision has been put into effect as of August 29, 2018. Source: JAH & Co. IP Qatar
On March 26, 2018, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, making Afghanistan the 101st member of the Madrid System. The Protocol will enter into force for Afghanistan on June 26, 2018. Beginning on June 26th, local brand owners in Afghanistan can begin using the Madrid System to protect their marks in the 116 territories of the System’s other 100 members by filing a single international application and paying a single set of fees. Source: www.wipo.int
The Trademark Office in Afghanistan announced that there is no longer a grace period for the renewal of an expired trademark. The previous practice at the TMO allowed for a six-month grace period. With this announcement, it is advisable that all renewals must be filed no later than one month before their expiration date. Source: SABA IP
WIPO notifies the accession of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979 (Paris Convention) and to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, adopted at Singapore on March 27, 2006. The accession of both, the Paris Convention and the Singapore Treaty, will enter into force on May 14, 2017. Source: www.wipo.int
The Afghanistan Trademark Office has changed its classification system from multi-class to single class applications. However, no Ministerial Resolution has been issued to support this change in practice, and information is not yet available as to how pending trademark applications or registrations will be handled under this new system.