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Oman: Country Insights
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
With coasts along the Arabian Sea, Oman occupies a regional position of great importance. The Omani peninsula of Musandam sits on the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic location that serves as the gateway of oil flow from Gulf Cooperation Council states to the world. Article 11 ...
Saudi Arabia: Counterfeiters Beware, Maroof is on the Lookout
Monday, October 30, 2017
In its continuous commitment to the protection of intellectual property rights, Saudi Arabia recently released Maroof, an online platform that was developed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment to enhance the e-commerce experience of online shoppers and to combat the ...
GCC: New Value Added Tax Rate
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Value added tax is expected to be introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as of January 1, 2018. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. By ...
Egypt: Increase in Official Fees
Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Trademark Office in Egypt announced that the official fees for trademark matters have considerably increased across the board in comparison with their previous level. The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017 and will cover new as well as pending ...
Syria: Increase in Official Fees
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria. The new rates will become effective as of October 15, 2017. This news comes in light of an increment that was also imposed on the ...
Tunisia: European Patent Validation
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Pursuant to Decree no. 67 of 2017 and the agreement signed between the European Patent Office and the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) in July 2014, European patent applications filed on or after December 1, 2017 can designate TN and European patent grants can be validated ...
Morocco: Increase in Official Fees
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Morocco recently announced an increase in the official fees for all intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, and industrial designs. The increase also applies to examination and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The new rates ...
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 ...