Tuesday, 10 October 1995
Dáil Éireann Debate
52. Mr. M. McDowell asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment when our trade marks law will be reformed in order to comply with the European Union recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14442/95]
Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. R. Bruton): My Department has now completed consultations with the Patents Office on a new Trade Marks Bill to replace the Trade Marks Act, 1963. This Bill will implement Council Directive 89/104/EEC to approximate the laws of the member states relating to trade marks. It will also make provision for the Community Trade Mark in line with Council Regulation 40/94 as well as other international arrangements.
The Government intends to include the Trade Marks Bill in the legislation to be introduced in the Dáil during this session. Progress on this Bill has been facilitated by Deputy McDowell's own Private Members' Bill which he introduced in March 1993.
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