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Saudi Arabia: Remember to Record Your License
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Article 31 of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia, states that "[a] contract licensing the use of a trademark shall only be valid, unless it is written, and it is not a must to be recorded in the Trademarks Register." The Law further ...
OAPI: Trademark Office Adopts the 11th Edition
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The Trademark Office of the African Intellectual Property Organization, commonly referred to as OAPI, recently announced that it is adopting the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. OAPI is composed of 17 French speaking African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, ...
MENA: Patent Cheat Sheet
Monday, July 3, 2017
Given the improving patent landscape and developing economies of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the region is posited as a very attractive market for innovator companies to consider when looking at expanding their presence internationally. As such, it is ...
Saudi Arabia: Eid Al Fitr Office Hours
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Saudi Trademark and Patent Offices and the GCC Patent Office announced that they will be closed from June 23 to July 8, 2017 in observance of Eid Al Fitr. All deadlines falling during this period will be extended to July 9, 2017, the first working day ...
Jordan: PCT Enters Into Force
Friday, June 9, 2017
After years of preparation, workshops, and meetings, Jordan has finally taken the leap and acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty on March 9, 2017. Given that the Treaty has effectively entered into force today, on June 9, 2017, all international applications, filed on ...
Kuwait: A Ray of Hope
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The Kuwaiti Patent Office announced that, in collaboration with the Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office, they have completed the formality examination for all pending Kuwaiti patent applications. It is expected that the Kuwaiti Patent Office will communicate this news ...
GCC: Strengthening the Patent System
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China on May 28, 2017. The MOU is aimed at strengthening the patent system and increasing bilateral cooperation ...
Iraq: Revised Formalities for Trademark Registrations in Class 5
Thursday, June 1, 2017
The Trademark Office in Iraq recently announced that a legalized copy of the home registration certificate must be submitted in support of trademark applications in class 5 at the time of filing. Marks that are identical to the name of the applicant are exempted from this ...
MENA: USTR 301 Special Report
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the 2017 Special 301 Report on April 28, 2017, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. Only five countries—from over 20—in the Middle East and North Africa region were ...