Morocco: Law No. 23-13 amending and supplementing Law No. 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property (promulgated by Dahir No. 1.14.188 of 27 muharram 1436 (November 21, 2014))

December 18, 2014

Morocco: The Law No. 23-13 amending and supplementing Law No. 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property (promulgated by Dahir No. 1.14.188 of 27 muharram 1436 (November 21, 2014)) entered into force on December 18, 2014.

It brings major amendments, which include the following: reform of the patent, trademark and industrial design system regarding the introduction of substantive examination proceedings and the filing of divisional applications; validation of the European patent applications and patents in Morocco; and strengthening of the enforcement of industrial property rights to combat counterfeiting and piracy.