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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 ...
Turkey: Implementing Regulations of New Law Enter Into Force
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Following the adoption of Law no. 6769 on the Protection of Industrial Property Rights earlier this year, the Implementing Regulations of the Law entered into force on April 24, 2017. By way of background, Law no. 6769, which was introduced on January 10, 2017, repeals and ...
UAE: Improving the Patent Landscape
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The United Arab Emirates recently signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea aimed towards improving the national patent landscape in the UAE. The news follows an announcement from the UAE Patent Office in the beginning of the year, in which it stated that it will ...
MENA: Infringement Exemptions Will Not Quell Innovation
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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 ...