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Saudi Arabia: GCC Trademark Law Approved
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The government of Saudi Arabia announced its approval of the unified GCC trademark law which was passed on December 10, 2006 during the 27th summit of the GCC Supreme Council. This unified law has also been ratified recently in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The law ...
UAE: Trademark Recordation at the Sharjah Customs Now Possible
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Customs in Sharjah, one of the seven Emirates of the UAE, has recently introduced a trademark recordation system for marks registered at the UAE Trademark Office similar to that adopted by the Dubai Customs. This system will undoubtedly help Customs officials target, ...
IP Law Report: A Year in Review
Monday, November 5, 2007
Over the year 2007, many noteworthy developments have affected the Intellectual Property legal framework of the Arab region, including the promulgation of new legislations on IP rights and cyber crime. In what follows we list these new laws which have the potential to ...
Turkey: Joining the UPOV
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The Secretary-General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Turkey to the UPOV on October 18, 2007. The said International Convention will enter into force in the country on ...
Iran: New Trademark, Patent, and Industrial Design Legislation Expected Soon
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Iran has recently introduced a new trademark, patent, and industrial design draft law which was forwarded to the competent authorities for further review and approval. The new law is expected to introduce provisions on the registration and maintenance of designs for ...
Lebanon: The Nice Edition Updated
Monday, October 1, 2007
The Lebanese Trademark and Patent Office adopted on October 1, 2007 the 9th Edition of the Nice International Classification of Goods and Services and is now accepting trademark applications for goods and services under the said classification. Prior to that, the  ...
Saudi Arabia: Developing the Tribunal System
Monday, October 1, 2007
By virtue of Royal Decree no. M/78 dated October 01, 2007, Saudi Arabia will re-organize the structure of the country’s court system including that of the Board of Grievances, which mainly administers disputes between the Saudi government and private parties including ...
Qatar: Border Control Measures on the Way
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The Qatari Council of Ministers ratified on September 27, 2007 a draft law on Border Measures related to Intellectual Property. The draft law was forwarded to the competent authorities for further review and approval. In general, the draft law is expected to contain ...
Syria: The Hague Agreement in Force Soon
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
By virtue of Legislative Decree no. 404 of 2007, issued on September 26, 2007, the Syrian government announced its approval of the country’s accession to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Accordingly, the Syrian ...