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Egypt: Country Profile
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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 ...
Announcement from Saba IP: INTA 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
INTA here we come again! For more than 30 years in a row, Saba IP will once again participate at INTA Annual Meeting, in Barcelona! Dear Friends and Colleagues, we are ...
Saudi Arabia: Upcoming Formation of IP Commission
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Given Saudi Arabia’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Saudi Council of Ministers recently approved a proposal for the formation of the Saudi Intellectual Property Commission. The committee will be led by the Ministry of Commerce ...
Djibouti: Country Insights
Monday, April 3, 2017
With an area of 23,200 square kilometers, it is easy to overlook Djibouti on a map. Despite its size, this small country occupies an unrivaled regional role in East Africa that is increasing in significance. Due to the country having the largest deepwater port off of the ...
MENA: Nice Classification 11th Edition - An Update
Monday, March 20, 2017
As we approach the end of the year’s first quarter, Lebanon and Tunisia join Algeria, Cyprus, and Jordan in adopting the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. The aforementioned jurisdictions are now ready to serve applications for goods and services in the updated ...
Qatar: E-Filing of Patent Applications
Friday, March 17, 2017
Given Qatar’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Qatari Patent Office recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form. Other jurisdictions in the Arabian Gulf ...
Qatar: New Industrial Designs Draft Law
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Qatar approved the Industrial Designs Draft Law along with its Implementing Regulations on March 15, 2017. The draft is expected to repeal Law no. 9 on Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs that was issued in 2002. It is worth noting ...
Bahrain: Trademark Registrations Going Online
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Trademark applications may be submitted electronically at the Bahrain Trademark Office as of February 20, 2017. The new process involves uploading an electronic application to the online system, along with soft copies of the power of attorney and priority document. The ...
Jordan: Accession to the PCT
Monday, March 13, 2017
Jordan became the 152nd member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on March 9, 2017, and the most recent Arab state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on June 9, 2017. During the transitional period, the Ministry concerned will raise ...