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Jordan: Upcoming PCT Accession
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Pursuant to amending the Patents Law in 2016, the Jordanian Council of Ministers approved the accession of Jordan to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Accordingly, the instrument of accession is being prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Supply and will be ...
2016: Year in Review
Monday, December 5, 2016
Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa and their neighboring regions.This year marked a milestone achievement for Saba IP, as we ...
ARIPO: Partnering up with the EUIPO
Friday, October 21, 2016
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on October 3, 2016. The purpose of the MOU is to increase bilateral cooperation between the two regional ...
Djibouti: PCT Enters into Force
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Djibouti became the 150th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 23, 2016. Accordingly, PCT entered into force on September 23, 2016 and DJ will be automatically designated on all PCT applications as of that date. The Office of Industrial Property and ...
Kuwait: Adopting the Tenth Edition of the Nice Classification
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The tenth edition of the Nice Classification is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017 in Kuwait, thus replacing the outgoing eighth edition. The adoption of the 10th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Kuwait. Upon next renewal, ...
Qatar: New Tobacco Legislation in Force
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Qatar issued Law no. 10 of 2016 which repeals Law no. 20 of 2002. The new law entered into force on October 11, 2016 and provides a broader ban on advertisements and promotional activities for cigarettes or tobacco and its derivatives. Article 7 of the law stipulates that ...
Oman: Patent Official Fees Due
Monday, October 10, 2016
The Patent Office in Oman announced that substantive examination fees related to patent applications that have passed formality examination between 2013 and 2014 must be paid by November 21, 2016. No extension of time is possible. As a reminder, the Omani and the Egyptian ...
Saudi Arabia: Increase in Official Fees and Substantial Procedural Changes in Trademark Oppositions
Friday, September 23, 2016
Pursuant to the Ministerial Decree approving the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law, the official fees for trademark related matters will increase significantly across the board in comparison with their current level, and are expected to become effective in ...
Kuwait: PCT Enters into Force
Friday, September 9, 2016
As a reminder, Kuwait became the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 9, 2016, and the sixth and final Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT. Accordingly, Kuwait became bound by the PCT on September 9, 2016 and KW will be ...