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Kuwait: Original Certificates No Longer Required
Monday, September 25, 2017
Pursuant to new procedures adopted at the Trademark Office in Kuwait, the TMO will be issuing separate certificates for renewal and recordal matters, which include changes of name or address, assignments, and mergers. Previously, the TMO requested the filing of the original ...
Saudi Arabia: Formation of IP Commission
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Given Saudi Arabia’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved the formation of the Saudi Intellectual Property Commission and published its Implementing Regulations. The Commission will be led by the ...
Egypt: E-Filing of International Patent Applications
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
As more and more patent offices in the Middle East and North Africa region establish themselves as receiving offices for national applicants, the services they provide improve over time. Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Patent Office, which is the only regional International ...
Qatar: Updated Trademark Renewal Formalities
Friday, September 15, 2017
As per Circular no. 6 of 2016, it is possible to pay the trademark renewal fees without a surcharge until the last day of the protection period. In the past the last day to pay the renewal fees without a surcharge was the first day of the renewal period. Late payment of ...
Iran: Demystifying Trademark Enforcement Options
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Iran, the second-largest nation in the Middle East, shares borders with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. The country has a coastline that stretches 2,440 km along the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. Iran’s GDP is ...
Lebanon: Increase in Value Added Tax
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Starting October 1, 2017, the value added tax (also known as the goods and services tax) will increase in Lebanon from 10 percent to 11 percent.The increase in the VAT rate comes in the wake of the Lebanese government's approval to raise public sector wages as a way to ...
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. ...