mutatis mutandis

(law) Meaning changing what needs to be changed; used when cases are nearly the same except for minor details. A statute that governs one type of transaction, for example, may also be applied to another transaction with minor exceptions, in which event the statute applies mutatis mutandis. A country may apply its trademark law mutatis mutandis to service marks, in which event the same law will apply except for changes to account for such details as the use of the mark to distinguish services instead of goods.

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