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Joseph Sanbar: Gone, but Not Forgotten
Saturday, March 11, 2017
It is with the deepest of grief that we deliver to you the heartbreaking news of the death of Joseph Sanbar, former chairman of Saba IP. He passed on peacefully in the ...
Saudi Arabia: Change in Opposition Proceedings
Friday, March 10, 2017
With the adoption of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law in the country, Saudi Arabia has updated its opposition procedure from a legal to a purely administrative proceeding. Given that oppositions are now administrative proceedings in Saudi Arabia, they are in ...
Jordan: Country Insights
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
With its significant geopolitical position in the Middle East, Jordan is nestled in the cradle of civilization. Its location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, provides Jordan with convenient access to the international market. The capital, Amman, is ...
Sudan: Pushing for a WTO Membership
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sudan reinitiated its efforts to join the World Trade Organization on January 31, 2017. The WTO accession process is an integral part of the economic reforms in Sudan, which is receiving strong support from both executive and legislative branches of the government, as well ...
Egypt: Increase in Patent Examination Fees
Friday, February 24, 2017
Following the drastic drop in the value of the local currency, the Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision to increase the official fees of several patent related services, including the fees for substantive examination. These fees went into effect retroactively for all ...
Saudi Arabia: Another Increase in Official Fees
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Starting February 19, 2017, the publication fees for the recordal of assignment, license, mortgage, limitation of goods, amendment of mark, merger, change of name, and change of address will increase two to three times the current level. Online filing is expected to follow ...
Qatar: Updated Classification of Services
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Qatari Trademark Office is accepting applications in classes 43, 44 and 45 as of February 12, 2017. For a long time before the introduction of this new arrangement, the TMO followed the 7th Edition of the Nice Classification, which is limited to 42 classes only. The ...
UAE: New Regulations for Cosmetics and Perfumes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
New regulations set by the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) have made it mandatory to feature, among other information, the name of cosmetic and personal care products in Arabic on the packaging of products sold in the United Arab Emirates. The ...
UAE: Putting a Lid on Commercial Fraud
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The United Arab Emirates issued Anti-Commercial Fraud Law no. 19 in December 2016 in an effort to protect consumers and regulate the market. The Law, previously approved by the Federal National Council back in 2014, brings welcome improvements and positive enhancement to ...