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MENA: No Smokescreens for Big Tobacco’s IP Protection
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Middle East and North Africa is a lucrative, yet extremely competitive market for the tobacco industry, with cases fought over the most minuscule elements of packaging. Global brands should familiarize themselves with the similarities – ...
Jordan: Moving to the Cloud
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Given Jordan’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Patent and Trademark Office announced that it plans to begin receiving and processing all applications in electronic format as of January 1, 2019. In this regard, the PTO has been ...
Bahrain: Patents and Utility Models Implementing Regulations Published
Thursday, January 10, 2019
On December 13, 2018, following the recent decision to begin substantive examination of pending and new patent applications, the Patent Office in Bahrain issued the Implementing Regulations of Law no. 1 of 2004 concerning patents and utility models. The long-awaited ...
Saudi Arabia: Plans To Adopt Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Saudi Arabia notified the World Trade Organization of its plans to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products. The proposal, which was filed on September 12, 2018 and reviewed by the authorities concerned at the WTO, was accompanied by a draft regulation titled “Plain ...
2018: Year in Review
Monday, December 17, 2018
Our annual “Year in Review” sums up the most important intellectual property news and developments that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, Africa, and their neighboring regions. As we have seen in previous years, the trend to ditch paper in favor ...
Turkey: Country Insights
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
With a transcontinental location straddling both Asia and Europe, Turkey occupies a regional location of increasing economic significance and importance. Turkey’s largely free-market economy is driven by its industry and, increasingly, service sectors. The automotive, ...
Saudi Arabia: IP Authority Pressing Onwards
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
In September 2018, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participated in the 58th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is the first time SAIP attends as a high-level delegation in the WIPO general assembly meetings. The authorities concerned ...
Kuwait: Trademark Renewal Going Online
Monday, October 15, 2018
Applications for trademark renewal can be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the Kuwait as of September 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the online portal. Online publication in the official gazette is expected at a ...
Bahrain: New Value Added Tax
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Following the recent introduction of value added tax in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, VAT is expected to be introduced in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions ...