On February 4, 2016, the National Assembly passed the complete amendment of the Trademark Act (the “Amendment”). The amended Trademark Act was promulgated on February 29, 2016, and will be effective from September 1, 2016 in 6 months after the promulgation. Partial amendments of the Trademark Act have been previously made 23 times since it was completely amended in 1990. The Amendment now integrates those previous amendments into a unified framework by tidying up and organizing provisions that were sporadically amended during the past 26 years since the last complete amendment in 1990.

Key aspects of the Amendment are as follows:

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