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Kuwait: Trademark Renewal Going Online
Monday, October 15, 2018
Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the Kuwait as of late September 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the TMO’s new online system. It is worth noting that the online publication in official ...
Bahrain: New Value Added Tax Rate
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Following the recent introduction of value added tax in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, VAT is expected to be introduced in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions ...
Tunisia: Country Insights
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
With coasts along the Mediterranean basin and a close proximity to Europe, Tunisia occupies a regional position of great importance in North Africa. Tunisia is an export-oriented country that is actively liberalizing and privatizing its economy. The country has a diverse ...
Oman: Patent Search Now Possible
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The Patent Office in Oman announced that official equivalent patent searches are now possible. Accordingly, it is possible to search the patent database for patent applications filed or entered in Oman using the typical bibliographic data of the priority applications or PCT ...
Qatar: Patent Grievances and Compulsory Licensing Committee Established
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Now that the Patent Office in Qatar has been actively examining patent applications and has even issued decisions on several applications, there is a need for applicants and interested parties to have a clear mechanism for appealing or opposing such decisions. As part of ...
Qatar: Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law Enter into Force
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Recently, and after much deliberation, the Patent Office in Qatar issued the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law. The Implementing Regulations entered into force on July 5, 2018. The long-awaited Implementing Regulations are expected to pave the way to a clearer ...
Ethiopia: Country Insights
Monday, September 3, 2018
Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, is one of the fastest growing states among the 188 International Monetary Fund member countries. This growth, which has been driven by the government’s investment in infrastructure, as well as sustained progress in ...
Jordan: Reduced Registration Fees for Internationalized Country Code Top-Level Domain
Monday, September 3, 2018
In an effort to promote the registration of the internationalized country code top-level domain (“.alurdun”), the Jordan National Information Technology Center announced a reduction in the registration fees. Furthermore, the protection period became one year ...
Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Counterfeits Destroyed Before Reaching Consumers
Monday, September 3, 2018
In their continuous efforts to eliminate imitation and fake goods, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment recently seized more than 17,000 counterfeit products bearing well-known brand names. The authorities concerned at the MCI will be taking the necessary legal ...