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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 ...
Iran: Accession to the Locarno Agreement
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018.By way of background, the Locarno Agreement stipulates procedures for ...
Bahrain: Substantive Examination of Pending Patent Applications
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Following the news announcing the implementation of electronic filing of patent applications, the Patent Office in Bahrain is starting substantive examination of pending applications. Whereas there has been no official notice in this regard, we will be notifying our clients ...
Egypt: Country Insights
Friday, June 1, 2018
With a transcontinental location in Africa and Asia, and a considerable proximity to Europe, Egypt occupies an unrivaled and an increasingly significant regional role in the Middle East and North Africa. Egypt holds the record for being the most populous country in the ...
MENA: Trademark Enforcement Measures
Friday, June 1, 2018
Protection and enforcement of Intellectual property rights are becoming essential aspects in driving growth, innovation and investment in the Middle East and North Africa. IP enforcement procedures and the possible measures vary significantly from one country to the other ...
OAPI: Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification
Friday, June 1, 2018
The African Intellectual Property Organization, better known by its French acronym OAPI, recently adopted the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification, thus replacing the outgoing 10th Edition. The adoption of the 11th Edition will not affect trademarks already filed and ...
Saudi Arabia: Customs Trademark Recordation and Watch Program
Friday, June 1, 2018
In the scope of their continuous efforts to create competent border enforcement measures and to provide effective protection, the Saudi Customs Authority and our local affiliate in Saudi Arabia signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with the in order to benefit from ...
MENA: Recapping Recent Trademark Updates
Friday, May 4, 2018
With the advent of the INTA Annual Meeting this month, we address recent trademark updates including official fees, procedural changes, e-filing, packaging requirements. Increase in Official Fees and Introduction of VAT Be it directly or indirectly related to the ...