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Yemen: Overdue Patent Regulations Out
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The overdue regulations implementing the patent section of the Intellectual Property Law of Yemen (Law no. 19 of October 1994) came into force in the country on July 02, 2007. For a long time before that and in the absence of pertinent bylaws,  the Patent Office in ...
GCC Trademark Law Approved in Qatar and UAE
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates announced their approval of the unified GCC trademark law which was enacted on December 10, 2006 during the 27th summit of the GCC’s Supreme Council (Qatar: Decree no. 18/2007; UAE: Federal Decree no. ...
Oman: Instruments of Accession Deposited
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Oman on July 16, 2007 to the Budapest Treaty, the Madrid Protocol, the Patent Law Treaty, and the Trademark Law Treaty. The treaties will enter into ...
Jordan: Warning Over Toxic Fake Toothpaste
Thursday, July 19, 2007
In line with a recent dug alert issued by the World Health Organization regarding toxic fake toothpastes, the Jordanian food and drug association has warned local consumers about the threats of such products on consumer safety and brand value.  Additionally, the ...
Regional News: 2007 Special 301 Report
Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released on April 30, 2007 its annual "Special 301" report on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection by US trading partners. According to this year’s report, Egypt and Lebanon will remain ...
Kuwait: Preparing for the Free Trade Talks
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Kuwait has recently completed the amendment of various local commercial laws in preparation for the future talks on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States of America.  On the intellectual property front, these discussions will promote the ...
Regional News: New Software Piracy Results
Monday, July 9, 2007
According to the fourth annual global software piracy study conducted by the Business Software Alliance BSA (an international association comprising of some of the world's leading software developers) and IDC (an information technology global market research and forecasting ...
Bahrain: A Battle against Cable Piracy
Monday, July 9, 2007
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Bahrain on February 01, 2007 to the Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Program-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite. The said ...
Ethiopia: A Glance at a New Trademark Law
Saturday, July 7, 2007
A new draft law on trademarks was recently ratified by the Ethiopian House of Peoples Deputies (the Parliament). The bill will come into force in the country upon its publication in the local Gazette but will only be effective once the implementing regulations are issued by ...