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COUNCIL OF STATE REAFFIRMS STRICTNESS IN PHARMACEUTICAL TRADEMARK COMPARISON

The Council of State issued a ruling on March 16th 2017, highlighting that the registrability exam of trademarks covering pharmaceutical products requires more attention and rigor since consumer health is at stake.

 

Said entity stressed on the meticulousness of pharmaceutical trademark comparison, as opposed to trademarks for other goods, to avoid the coexistence of similar trademarks from misleading consumers and potentially causing irreparable health damages. Moreover, considering that many sensitive drugs are sold without medical prescription.