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Abuse of Foreign Marks

In the past, infringements of intellectual property and foreign trademarks have been a fairly common problem. Nowadays they are less common. There are several reasons for this state of affairs. Firstly, foreign firms are taking better care of their trademarks – they are aware that the registration of a trademark in Poland guarantees full protection. Moreover, since Poland signed the Madrid Agreement and became an EU member, the owners of foreign trademarks have enjoyed the same protection of their trademarks as in their country of origin. Moreover, the legal requirement to use a trademark upon registration helps entrepreneurs prevent situations where a foreign trademark would be registered only for the purpose of depriving the owner of a possibility of using it in Poland and (possibly) reselling the protective right.