SpainThe recent evolution of the IP legislation: a decade of change

Several years ago the Spanish industrial property regulations were adapted to international law and, in particular, the requirements of EU membership. The trademark, industrial design and patent regulations have all been reformed in recent years in order to bring them into line with the changes made to EU law. Spain is also a signatory to most of the international agreements that deal with IP law. This has influenced the content of its own regulations, which have been transformed in various ways over the past decade. The current Trademark Act, which was passed in 2002, replaced a text from 1988. The Industrial Designs Act was passed in 2003. The Patents Act 1986 has undergone several major amendments, mainly in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Also, in 2006 Spain implemented the EU regulations concerning the introduction of procedural mechanisms to reinforce the protection of industrial property rights.

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