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Lebanon: The Hummus is Ours!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Association of the Lebanese Industrialists has recently declared that it will work on obtaining internationally-recognized geographical indication protection of the famous hummus dish, a protection similar to that offered to regional food items such as Bordeaux wine, ...
GCC: Unified Commercial Anti-Fraud Law Soon
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The GCC member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) have recently introduced a new commercial anti-fraud law.The purpose of this law is to enact legal measures and policies against commercial fraud, which is reportedly costing ...
Jordan and Turkey Deposit Instruments of Accession
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Jordan: The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Jordan on August 14, 2008 to the Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks, the Nice ...
Saudi Arabia: Semi-Annual Report of the Commercial Anti-Fraud Department
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
According to the 2008 semi-annual report of the Saudi Commercial Anti-Fraud Department, more than 1966 complaints were filed at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the first half of the year against local companies in Saudi Arabia for alleged distribution of counterfeit ...
Kuwait: Examination of Design Applications
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Kuwaiti Patent Office has recently started examination of design applications to ensure that all the applications filed at the Office comply with the rules and regulations of the relevant design law of the country (Law no. 4 of 1962). The design applications will ...
Saudi Arabia: Deadline to Pay Registration Fees Extended
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Articles 13 of the regulations implementing Saudi Trademark law no. M/21 was recently amended by virtue of Ministerial Resolution no. 7553 dated July 7, 2008. The Resolution was published in the Official Gazette dated August 1, 2008 and became effective in the country as of ...
Ethiopia: TMO Simplifies Formalities
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Starting August 2008, the Ethiopian Trademark Office dropped the legalization requirement for all documents filed at the Office except for the power of attorney. The only authentication requirement for these documents will be a valid attestation by a Notary ...
Oman: Trademark Features of the New Law - What are the Major Changes?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Omani government has recently approved an Industrial Property Law by virtue of Royal Decree no. 67 of 2008. This law will replace the existing law but will only be effective in the country once the related implementing regulations are issued. Implementation is not ...
Oman: Trademark Features of the New Law - What are the Major Changes?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Omani government has recently approved an Industrial Property Law by virtue of Royal Decree no. 67 of 2008. This law will replace the existing law but will only be effective in the country once the related implementing regulations are issued. Implementation is not ...