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Mexico Introduces New Trademark Opposition System

‘‘The opposition system is, finally, a reality in Mexico,’’ Miguel Angel Margain, General Director of the Mexican Trademark Office (MTO) told the audience at in the Opposition System Forum on June 15. Mexico’s adherence to the Madrid Protocol and the Trans-Pacific Partnership made this goal easier to achieve, since it was an imperative to harmonize the Industrial Property Law (IPL) with global standards and rights. An opposition system had been a long-time demand of trademark owners and intellectual property practitioners in Mexico. The new system will likely be an improvement that will help reduce the need for expensive litigation, but questions remain as to whether there will be problems w

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