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Jordan: E-Filing of International Patent Applications
Monday, July 31, 2017
Given Jordan’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Jordanian Patent Office announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form via ePCT filing in its capacity as the receiving ...
Oman: GCC Trademark Law Approved
Monday, July 31, 2017
Oman has officially adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law as of Monday July 31, 2017. The decision, which was promulgated by Royal Decree no. 33 of 2017, was published in the Official Gazette on July 30, 2017. We now await issuance of the Implementing ...
Iraq: Trademark Office in Kurdish Region Resumes Operations
Monday, July 24, 2017
After a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations and is currently accepting trademark applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned office in Erbil and another in the ...
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 ...