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UAE: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates
Thursday, December 14, 2017
In its continuous commitment to the protection of intellectual property rights, the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that registration fees and trademark certificates will be issued electronically starting from gazette number 181 onwards. We are ...
2017: Year in Review
Friday, December 1, 2017
Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa, and their neighboring regions. The past year marked a landmark achievement for Saba IP, ...
Saudi Arabia: Revision in POA Validity
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Trademark Office in Saudi Arabia declared that the validity of the Power of Attorney is now five years from the date of issuance, unless the duration on the POA is stated otherwise or the POA is revoked.This update comes in light of a memo issued by the Ministry of ...
Iraq: Procedural Changes Related to Publication
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Trademark Office in Iraq is expected to introduce in the near future a new procedure for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address. This procedure would entail the publication of notices in the ...
Iraq: Erbil TMO Resumes Operations
Monday, November 13, 2017
Following a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations, and is now accepting new trademark applications and processing pending applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned ...
Oman: Country Insights
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
With coasts along the Arabian Sea, Oman occupies a regional position of great importance. The Omani peninsula of Musandam sits on the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic location that serves as the gateway of oil flow from Gulf Cooperation Council states to the world. Article 11 ...
Saudi Arabia: Counterfeiters Beware, Maroof is on the Lookout
Monday, October 30, 2017
In its continuous commitment to the protection of intellectual property rights, Saudi Arabia recently released Maroof, an online platform that was developed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment to enhance the e-commerce experience of online shoppers and to combat the ...
GCC: New Value Added Tax Rate
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Value added tax is expected to be introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as of January 1, 2018. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. By ...
Egypt: Increase in Official Fees
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Trademark Office in Egypt announced that the official fees for trademark matters have considerably increased across the board in comparison with their previous level. The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017 and will cover new as well as pending ...