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Saudi Arabia: Partnering up with the EPO
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, where the Saudi Patent Office resides, signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Patent Office. The MOU, which aims to strengthen the patent system and increase bilateral cooperation, foresees joint activities in ...
MENA: Sowing the Seeds for the Protection of Plant Varieties
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Plant variety laws, among other norms of positive legal systems such as trademark and patent laws, were introduced in the past in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, either by their own codes or by including them in general codes. Such laws ...
Iraq: Say It in Latin
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The Trademark Office in Iraq announced that trademark applications may be filed in Latin script without having to submit the Arabic transliteration of the mark. This update rescinds the previous registration requirement that demanded trademarks to be filed in Arabic ...
Syria: Fifth Circuit to Handle IP Matters
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Fifth Civil Court of First Instance (Fifth Circuit) in Syria recently announced that it will be handling all intellectual property related matters in lieu of the First Circuit, which typically handles commercial disputes. The Fifth Circuit will be holding hearings ...
Kuwait: Country Updates
Monday, March 19, 2018
Maps of the Middle East illustrate Kuwait as a small country in the region. But what the country lacks in geographic size, it makes up in economic impact. Kuwait is a high income economy backed by the world's sixth largest oil reserves, and the Kuwaiti dinar is the highest ...
UAE: Announcement of Office Relocation
Monday, March 19, 2018
We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a larger office premises in the United Arab Emirates. Effective March 19, 2018, our new contact details will be as follows: Tamani Arts Tower - 18th FloorAl Asayel Street, Business BayDubai, UAEP.O. Box ...
Tanzania: Country Insights
Thursday, February 22, 2018
With interminable shores along the Indian Ocean and a total area of 947,303 square kilometers, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa occupying an unrivaled regional role that is increasing in significance. Due to its vast natural resources, Tanzania has achieved ...
Tunisia: Increase in Value Added Tax Rate
Friday, February 16, 2018
Starting January 2, 2018, the value added tax increased in Tunisia from 18 percent to 19 percent. The increase in the VAT rate in Tunisia follows a similar increase in Lebanon, where the VAT stands at 11 percent up from a level of 10 percent. Should you have any ...
Lebanon: New Regulations for Imported Food Products
Thursday, February 15, 2018
New regulations set by the authorities concerned at the Ministries of Agriculture and Economy and Trade have made it mandatory to indicate, among other information, the importer’s name and address on imported food packages. The required information must be written in ...