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Kuwait: Country Updates
Monday, March 19, 2018
Maps of the Middle East illustrate Kuwait as a small country in the region. But what the country lacks in geographic size, it makes up in economic impact. Kuwait is a high income economy backed by the world's sixth largest oil reserves, and the Kuwaiti dinar is the highest ...
UAE: Announcement of Office Relocation
Monday, March 19, 2018
We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a larger office premises in the United Arab Emirates. Effective March 19, 2018, our new contact details will be as follows: Tamani Arts Tower - 18th FloorAl Asayel Street, Business BayDubai, UAEP.O. Box ...
Tanzania: Country Insights
Thursday, February 22, 2018
With interminable shores along the Indian Ocean and a total area of 947,303 square kilometers, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa occupying an unrivaled regional role that is increasing in significance. Due to its vast natural resources, Tanzania has achieved ...
Tunisia: Increase in Value Added Tax Rate
Friday, February 16, 2018
Starting January 2, 2018, the value added tax increased in Tunisia from 18 percent to 19 percent. The increase in the VAT rate in Tunisia follows a similar increase in Lebanon, where the VAT stands at 11 percent up from a level of 10 percent. Should you have any ...
Lebanon: New Regulations for Imported Food Products
Thursday, February 15, 2018
New regulations set by the authorities concerned at the Ministries of Agriculture and Economy and Trade have made it mandatory to indicate, among other information, the importer’s name and address on imported food packages. The required information must be written in ...
Oman: Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification
Thursday, February 15, 2018
The 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force in February, 2018 in Oman, thus replacing the outgoing 10th edition. The adoption of the 11th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Oman. Upon next renewal, goods and classes ...
OAPI: Upcoming Formation of Trademark Office and Patent Office
Monday, February 12, 2018
The African Intellectual Property Organization, better known by its French acronym OAPI, will be setting up two separate directorates in the near future—a Trademark Office and a Patent Office. For the time being, one IP directorate still serves as the registry for ...
MENA: Enforcement of Patents in a Rapidly Developing Region
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Over the past few decades, the Middle East and North Africa region witnessed an increased interest in intellectual property. This is primarily evidenced by the urge to update or introduce IP laws and implementing regulations. With the exception of a few countries, the ...
West Bank: Adopting the Tenth Edition of the Nice Classification
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The tenth edition of the Nice Classification entered into force on January 1, 2018 in the West Bank, thus replacing the outgoing eighth edition. The adoption of the 10th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in the West Bank. Upon next renewal, ...