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Kuwait: E-Filing with New Scale for Filing and Registration Numbers
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Trademark Office in Kuwait announced that it will begin receiving and processing trademark applications in electronic form as of January 2, 2018. New applications will be allotted an e-number by the TMO, which includes the year of filing (example 321/2018). Besides ...
Qatar: Upcoming Formation of IP Committee
Monday, January 8, 2018
Given the country's unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, Qatar ratified Ministerial Decision no. 45 of 2017 on Establishing the Committee for the Preparation of the National Strategy for Intellectual Property and Innovation. The Decision was ...
VAT Rates: Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Lebanon
Friday, January 5, 2018
Starting January 1, 2018, our charges in Saudi Arabia will be inclusive of five percent Value Added Tax. This comes after the release of the VAT regulations in the country on August 29, 2017 and the publication of the VAT Law in July of the same year. The regulations, the ...
MENA: Trademarks Cheat Sheet
Thursday, January 4, 2018
With the Middle East and North Africa becoming an exceedingly profitable market for companies when considering an international expansion, it is certainly time to take a step back and consider your trademark portfolio and your filing strategy in the region. The below cheat ...
Iraq: Updated Trademark Registration System
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Iraqi Trademark Office is officially asking for the refiling of a trademark application with filing number preceding 72,000 only if the application is determined to be confusingly similar/identical to a newly filed application by a third party pursuant to relative ...
UAE: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates
Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically starting from gazette number 181 onwards. It is worth noting that no certificates will be issued for applications that will be accepted and published after ...
Afghanistan: No Grace Period for Trademark Renewals
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Trademark Office in Afghanistan announced that there is no longer a grace period for the renewal of an expired trademark. The previous practice at the TMO allowed for a six-month grace period. With this announcement, it is advisable that all renewals must be filed no ...
2017: Year in Review
Friday, December 1, 2017
Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa, and their neighboring regions. The past year marked a landmark achievement for Saba IP, ...
Saudi Arabia: Revision in POA Validity
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Trademark Office in Saudi Arabia declared that the validity of the Power of Attorney is now five years from the date of issuance, unless the duration on the POA is stated otherwise or the POA is revoked.This update comes in light of a memo issued by the Ministry of ...