News

Yemen: TMO Reiterates that Class Headings Are No Longer Acceptable
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The Trademark Office in Yemen reiterated that claiming class headings is not possible, as it recently stated in Ministerial Resolution no. 72 of 2018. Applicants are unable to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods or ...
Lebanon: Revised Procedures for the Recordal of Assignments and Mergers
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The Trademark Office in Lebanon introduced revised procedures related to the recordal of assignments and mergers. Effective June 29, 2018, applicants must submit the original certificate of registration along with the application for the recordal of an assignment and/or ...
UAE: Trademark Renewals Going Online
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates as of June 26, 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the online system, along with a renewal announcement in two local newspapers. The ...
Iran: Updates on Patent Annuities and Patent Term Expiration
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Recently, and after much deliberation, the Iranian Intellectual Property Office issued a decision relating to the calculation of annuities and patent term expiration. According to the new decision, the following will apply: For new patent applications entered in Iran ...
Iran: US Sanctions and IP Rights
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
In light of the recent decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran Deal, the United States is expected to begin reimposing certain sanctions on Iran. These sanctions, however, include a waiver that allows the protection and ...
MENA: An Overview of Patent Infringement Exemptions
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Patent laws in practically all jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa clearly define what is considered to be an infringement act and from what date such acts may be considered infringing. As is the case in most countries outside the MENA region, there are many ...
Morocco: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Trademark Office in Morocco, which is known by its French acronym OMPIC, announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically as of May 28, 2018. We are pleased to announce that our colleagues in Morocco utilized the system as soon as it became ...
Iran: Accession to the Locarno Agreement
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018.By way of background, the Locarno Agreement stipulates procedures for ...
Bahrain: Substantive Examination of Pending Patent Applications
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Following the news announcing the implementation of electronic filing of patent applications, the Patent Office in Bahrain is starting substantive examination of pending applications. Whereas there has been no official notice in this regard, we will be notifying our clients ...