New rules for trademark opposition and cancellation cases

Aiming to provide speedy, quality, and effective legal remedies to resolve IP disputes, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines amended the Rules and Regulations on Inter Partes Proceedings effective 15 February 2020. The amendments consist of rules on expediting proceedings for trademark opposition and cancellation cases, such as posting of notices in the IPOPHL website under certain circumstances, and submission of PDF and Word files in a flash drive subject to certain exemptions, among others. One of the most notable amendments is the reassignment or re-raffling of the cases to another Hearing/Adjudication Officer for second mediation in case the first mediation fails, provided it is done in the interest of justice, exigency of the service or efficiency.

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