The Government of Belarus, by a resolution of June 19, 2020, amended the procedure for providing legal protection to appellations of origin – the administrative procedures for registration and issuance of a certificate for the right to use an appellation of origin will be changed to provide the right to use a geographical indication, issuing a certificate of the right to use a geographical indication.

The changes will enter into force on August 29, 2020.

The government also expanded the applicants’ ability to register trademarks. An administrative procedure was created to issue consent documents for the use in a trademark of designations representing state symbols of the Republic of Belarus, state awards, the official abbreviated or full name of the Republic of Belarus, or confusingly similar designations to them.

Applications for the use of state symbols will be considered by the State Committee for Science and Technology of Belarus.