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2. What is registrable?

The new Trademark Ordinance (TMO) abolished the distinction between Part A (highly distinctive marks) and Part B (Marks which are capable of being distinctive) of the Register, and sets out relaxed criteria to be satisfied in order to secure registration. Essentially, a mark is not registrable if it is "devoid of any distinctive character"; and therefore any mark, which has at least some distinctive features, should be registrable. This is expected to be interpreted on a similar basis for securing registration under Part B of the old law, and therefore marks should secure registration easier.

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