On 1 August 2017, new regulations came into force in the Philippines, which will require trade mark owners to file a Declaration of Actual Use (DAU) within one (1) year of the renewal of a national Philippines trade mark or a Philippines designation under the Madrid Protocol/Agreement.
The need to file a DAU is not a new requirement in the Philippines, with the renewal DAU joining the three previous DAUs due; within three (3) years from the filing of the application, within one (1) year from the fifth anniversary of the registration, and within one (1) year from the fifth anniversary of each renewal.
This article is an extract from Spruson & Ferguson’s Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Mark Update. You can view the entire summary here.
Trade Marks Team