Applying for a certified copy of a Declaration of Ownerships (DOO):
In order to refile a mark under the new Trade Mark Law, the applicant will need to submit either the original Declaration of Ownerships (‘DOO’) or a certified copy. The filing of an application for a certified copy of a DOO with the Registry of Deeds and Assurance (‘RDA’) will be possible even after the date of the implementation of the new Trade Mark Law, which is good news. Since it may take two to three weeks to obtain a certified copy. In the even the applicant is unable to retrieve or submit the original DOO, it is recommended to file a request for a certified copy before the new Trade Mark Law is implemented to avoid delay in the re-filing process.
Perennity of the recordation of trade marks even after the entry into force of the new Trade Mark Law:
The recordation of Declaration of Ownership of Trademark with the Registry of Deeds and Assurance under the Registration Law of 2018 will still be possible even after the new Trade Mark law is implemented. It is not clear why the RDA will continue accepting to record DOOs, however we see advantages in this procedure since it will allow marks to still be protected while being re-applied and examined under the new Trade Mark Law.