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Qatar: Authorities Sign MoU with BSA
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Qatar has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Business Software Alliance (BSA), in an effort to boost the country’s anti-piracy strategies.This recent agreement with the BSA, an association established ...
Jordan: JPO Introduces New Requirements to Patent Applications
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Jordanian Patent Office (JPO) has recently updated some of the requirements for patent applications in Jordan. The changes are as follows: The priority document should be translated into Arabic, in case it is originally in English. In case the priority document is ...
IIPA Recommendations for 2008: The Numbers are In… Losses are Still High
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) issued its annual recommendations for the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) “Special 301” report, highlighting an increase in trade losses due to copyright piracy in the Middle East and ...
Iran: Design Registration on its Way
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Iran has recently approved a new trademark, patent, and industrial design law, which was forwarded for publication in the country’s Official Gazette. However, the law will only be effective in the country once its implementing regulations are drafted and issued. The ...
Iraq: Trademark Office Issues Certificates
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Iraqi Trademark Office has issued the first certificates of registration for trademarks that have been pending due to the Israeli Boycott. Although declaring compliance with the Israeli Boycott has usually favored the acceptance of applications in Iraq, some ...
Jordan: Establishing an IP Rights Law Enforcement Office
Saturday, February 16, 2008
In the scope of the Jordanian government's continuous efforts to deter intellectual property theft, an Intellectual Property Rights Law Enforcement Office was recently established as a new section within the General Security Department which falls under the supervision of ...
Lebanon: A Website for the Brand Protection Group
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Brand Protection Group (BPG) - Lebanon has recently launched a new website (www.brandprotectiongroup.org), with the main purpose of raising awareness to counterfeit activities in Lebanon and effectively addressing the issue. The BPG - Lebanon was established back in ...
Saudi Arabia: Setting Up a Consumer Protection Association
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved on January 12, 2008 the bylaws of a newly-established Saudi Consumer Protection Association by virtue of ministerial resolution no. 2 of 2008. The 21-article bylaws outline the general directives and rulings governing the ...
Communication Disruption
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Our region is currently witnessing an internet connection and landline communication problem. As a result, some of you may be facing some delays while contacting some of our offices, especially our Egypt office. We regret all the delays and assure you that we are ...