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MENA: USTR 301 Special Report
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the Special 301 Report on April 27, 2018, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. The MENA countries on the watch list are Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United ...
Yemen: New Regulations Related to Trademark Registration
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Trademark Office in Yemen announced new regulations related to trademark registration procedures. The regulations, which were promulgated through Ministerial Decision no. 20 of 2018, entered into force on March 18, 2018 and stipulate the following: The registration ...
Afghanistan: Accession to Madrid Protocol
Friday, April 27, 2018
Afghanistan became the 101st member to join the Madrid Protocol on March 26, 2018. The Protocol is expected to enter into force on June 26, 2018. Other countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are party to the Madrid Protocol are Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, ...
UAE: Search Goes Online
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Given the recent trend in going paperless in the region, the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that official searches will be conducted online as of April 21, 2018. This news follows a recent move by the TMO to issue certificates electronically as of ...
Bahrain: E-Filing of Patents
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Patent Office in Bahrain recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form. The e-portal allows for the submission of application forms electronically along with soft copies of the required documents such as the power ...
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 countriesĀ 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 ...