On April 19 2002 Paraguay approved the eighth edition of the Nice Agreement. Decree 16,939 adopts the new classification services for Classes 43, 44 and 45, and appoints the Directorate of Industrial Property to manage the implementation and enforcement of the new classification.

Issues raised by the new decree include the need to reclassify trademarks that have been granted already and the re-publication of trademark applications that were published under the old classification.

Paraguayan trademark attorneys are now working to provide reasonable solutions, taking into account the needs of clients as well as the requirement for international harmonization.

For further information on this topic please contact Adriana Casati at Berkemeyer Attorneys and Counselors by telephone (+595 21 446706) or by fax (+595 21 449694) or by email ([email protected]). The Berkemeyer Attorneys and Counselors website can be accessed at www.berke.com.py.