Mexico: Trademark Opposition System Effective as of August 30, 2016

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Mexico: Trademark Opposition System Effective as of August 30, 2016

The implementation of the opposition system in Mexico entered into force on August 30, 2016.  It is expected that this new system will create a more interactive environment between trademark owners and lead to more accurate decisions by the trademark examiners. The new opposition system is a great opportunity for filing information, evidence, and documentation that will allow the MTO to better assess the registrability of a distinctive element in a new application, and lessen the possibility of the MTO granting a new registration that could infringe or jeopardize previously granted right

Some highlights of the new system include:

 

  1. Following receipt of the trademark application, the Mexican Trademark Office’s (MTO) shall proceed, within 10 business days, with its publication in the IP Gazette.
  2. Anyone who considers that a trademark application violates the Industrial Property Law provisions will have the opportunity to file an opposition within one month of the date of its publication in the Gazette. No extension of the one month opposition period is allowed.
  3. After the one month opposition period expires, a list of those applications that were opposed will be published in the Gazette within the following 10 business days.