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Qatar: TRIPS Agreement in Force
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Qatari government published on December 31, 2008 the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Agreement in the country's Official Gazette. The Agreement came into force in Qatar on the same day.  By way of background, Qatar has been a member of the ...
UAE: New IP Laws
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) has recently issued a number of  draft intellectual property laws including:- Copyright Law- Intellectual Property Rights Authority Law- Patents, Utility Certificates, Industrial Drawings, and Designs ...
Oman: New Implementing Regulations Out
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The regulations implementing Industrial Property Rights Law no. 67 of 2008 (issued on May 12, 2008) as well as a Copyright Law no. 65 of 2008 (issued on May 4, 2008) came into force in Oman on December 17, 2008 by virtue of Ministerial Resolutions no. 103 and 105 of ...
Oman: Extension of Time Limits
Saturday, January 17, 2009
According to Notification no. 25/08 issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on November 28, 2008, Oman has declared that that the one-year time limit allowed for its Trademark Office to notify WIPO of a refusal of protection or an opposition to the ...
Bahrain: Annuity Payments Now Possible
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The Bahraini Patent Office has started accepting annuity payments for the first time in the country following a recent memorandum issued by the General Directorate of Industrial Property on December 3, 2008. Based on this new decision, all patents granted before the ...
OAPI: Trademark Office Adopts the Ninth Edition
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The Trademark Office of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) has shifted its trademark classification system from Nice's 8th edition to Nice's 9th Edition, effective as of August 8, 2008.Most of the updates in class headings between the 8th edition and the ...
2008 in Playback
Monday, December 15, 2008
- The Berne Convention enters into force in Yemen.- The Brussels Convention enters into force in Oman.- The Budapest Treaty, the Nice Agreement, and the Vienna Agreement enter into force inJordan.- The Hague Agreement enters into force in Syria.- The Hague Agreement enters ...
Bahrain: The "Patent" Situation
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The two most commonly asked questions in connection with patent protection in Bahrain are whether such type of protection is possible and how is it achieved. This article addresses these two questions by providing a brief overview of the current patent protection situation ...
Yemen: More Consumer Protection Measures
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The Yemen Society for Consumer Protection and the Yemen Standardization, Methodology and Quality Control Organization have recently announced an initiative which aims at boosting cooperation between both entities in order to protect consumers' rights in the country. The ...