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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 ...
Iraq: Procedural Changes Related to Publication
Thursday, November 16, 2017
The Trademark Office in Iraq is expected to introduce in the near future a new procedure for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address. This procedure would entail the publication of notices in the ...
Iraq: Erbil TMO Resumes Operations
Monday, November 13, 2017
Following a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations, and is now accepting new trademark applications and processing pending applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned ...