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Syria: Increase in Official Fees
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria. The new rates will become effective as of October 15, 2017. This news comes in light of an increment that was also imposed on the ...
Tunisia: European Patent Validation
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Pursuant to Decree no. 67 of 2017 and the agreement signed between the European Patent Office and the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) in July 2014, European patent applications filed on or after December 1, 2017 can designate TN and European patent grants can be validated ...
Morocco: Increase in Official Fees
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Morocco recently announced an increase in the official fees for all intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, and industrial designs. The increase also applies to examination and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The new rates ...
Kuwait: Original Certificates No Longer Required
Monday, September 25, 2017
Pursuant to new procedures adopted at the Trademark Office in Kuwait, the TMO will be issuing separate certificates for renewal and recordal matters, which include changes of name or address, assignments, and mergers. Previously, the TMO requested the filing of the original ...
Saudi Arabia: Formation of IP Commission
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Given Saudi Arabia’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved the formation of the Saudi Intellectual Property Commission and published its Implementing Regulations. The Commission will be led by the ...
Egypt: E-Filing of International Patent Applications
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
As more and more patent offices in the Middle East and North Africa region establish themselves as receiving offices for national applicants, the services they provide improve over time. Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Patent Office, which is the only regional International ...
Qatar: Updated Trademark Renewal Formalities
Friday, September 15, 2017
As per Circular no. 6 of 2016, it is possible to pay the trademark renewal fees without a surcharge until the last day of the protection period. In the past the last day to pay the renewal fees without a surcharge was the first day of the renewal period. Late payment of ...
Iran: Demystifying Trademark Enforcement Options
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Iran, the second-largest nation in the Middle East, shares borders with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. The country has a coastline that stretches 2,440 km along the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. Iran’s GDP is ...
Lebanon: Increase in Value Added Tax
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Starting October 1, 2017, the value added tax (also known as the goods and services tax) will increase in Lebanon from 10 percent to 11 percent.The increase in the VAT rate comes in the wake of the Lebanese government's approval to raise public sector wages as a way to ...