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UAE: Introducing the New Federal Arbitration Law
Monday, September 3, 2018
Federal Law no. 6 of 2018, better known as the Federal Arbitration Law, entered into force in the United Arab Emirates on June 14, 2018. Before that, arbitration, which was commonplace in the UAE despite not having a dedicated law, was governed by Articles 203 to 218 of the ...
Kuwait: Expedited Examination of Pending Applications at the TMO
Friday, August 17, 2018
There have been controversial reports claiming that the Trademark Office in Kuwait issued a memo relating to a deadline for dealing with pending trademark applications filed prior to 2018. In fact, the TMO is presently examining all pending applications filed prior to ...
Yemen: TMO Reiterates that Class Headings Are No Longer Acceptable
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The Trademark Office in Yemen reiterated that claiming class headings is not possible, as it recently stated in Ministerial Resolution no. 72 of 2018. Applicants are unable to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods or ...
Lebanon: Revised Procedures for the Recordal of Assignments and Mergers
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
The Trademark Office in Lebanon introduced revised procedures related to the recordal of assignments and mergers. Effective June 29, 2018, applicants must submit the original certificate of registration along with the application for the recordal of an assignment and/or ...
UAE: Trademark Renewals Going Online
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates as of June 26, 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the online system, along with a renewal announcement in two local newspapers. The ...
Iran: Updates on Patent Annuities and Patent Term Expiration
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Recently, and after much deliberation, the Iranian Intellectual Property Office issued a decision relating to the calculation of annuities and patent term expiration. According to the new decision, the following will apply: For new patent applications entered in Iran ...
Iran: US Sanctions and IP Rights
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
In light of the recent decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran Deal, the United States is expected to begin reimposing certain sanctions on Iran. These sanctions, however, include a waiver that allows the protection and ...
MENA: An Overview of Patent Infringement Exemptions
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Patent laws in practically all jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa clearly define what is considered to be an infringement act and from what date such acts may be considered infringing. As is the case in most countries outside the MENA region, there are many ...
Morocco: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Trademark Office in Morocco, which is known by its French acronym OMPIC, announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically as of May 28, 2018. We are pleased to announce that our colleagues in Morocco utilized the system as soon as it became ...