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Bahrain: List Your Full Address When Filing Trademark Applications
Monday, August 21, 2017
The Trademark Office in Bahrain announced that all new trademark applications must include the applicant’s complete address, including the building number and street name. Prior to this change, the TMO accepted applications listing only the applicant's P.O. Box ...
Algeria: Accession to the Beijing Treaty
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Algeria recently filed its instrument of accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which regulates copyright for audiovisual performances and expands the performers' rights by affording them more proprietary rights. The Treaty grants performers four kinds ...
Saudi Arabia: Remember to Translate Package Inserts into Arabic
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Pursuant to Circular no. 36838 of 2017, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority announced that pharmaceutical companies are now required to provide the Arabic translation of the Summary of Product Characteristics and the Patient Information Leaflet for all drugs they produce. ...
Jordan: E-Filing of International Patent Applications
Monday, July 31, 2017
Given Jordan’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Jordanian Patent Office announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form via ePCT filing in its capacity as the receiving ...
Oman: GCC Trademark Law Approved
Monday, July 31, 2017
Oman has officially adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law as of Monday July 31, 2017. The decision, which was promulgated by Royal Decree no. 33 of 2017, was published in the Official Gazette on July 30, 2017. We now await issuance of the Implementing ...
Iraq: Trademark Office in Kurdish Region Resumes Operations
Monday, July 24, 2017
After a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations and is currently accepting trademark applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned office in Erbil and another in the ...
Saudi Arabia: Remember to Record Your License
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Article 31 of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia, states that "[a] contract licensing the use of a trademark shall only be valid, unless it is written, and it is not a must to be recorded in the Trademarks Register." The Law further ...
OAPI: Trademark Office Adopts the 11th Edition
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The Trademark Office of the African Intellectual Property Organization, commonly referred to as OAPI, recently announced that it is adopting the 11th edition of the Nice classification. OAPI is composed of 17 French speaking African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, ...
MENA: Patent Cheat Sheet
Monday, July 3, 2017
Given the improving patent landscape and developing economies of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the region is posited as a very attractive market for innovator companies to consider when looking at expanding their presence internationally. As such, it is ...