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Poland: special courts for trade mark cases

The Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita has published an article, imprecisely titled "Patent Courts will deal with trade marks". It briefly describes a new initiative of the Polish Ministry of Justice (PMJ), which is also warmly supported by the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys and the Polish Patent Office (PPO). In essence, the District Administrative Court in Warsaw is currently the only court dealing with procedural complaints regarding the PPO's decisions (for example invalidation of issued patents or trade marks). Those proceedeings are governed by the Code of Administrative Procedure. Trade mark infringment cases are heard and decided by common courts on the basis of civil procedure. Such a separation is a big obstacle in to prompt decision making. Trade mark attorneys also complain about the quality of such judgments. According to Rzeczpospolita, the PMJ wants to propose a bill that would introduce within the Polish legal system a unified judicial system to solve these problems.

Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 07.58
Tags: Poland, Polish courts, Polish law, Trade marks,
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