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Yemen: A New Scale of Official Fees
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The Yemeni government has introduced the official fees schedule in connection with patent registration and maintenance in the country. By virtue of Ministerial Resolution no. 349 of 2007, issued on August 26, 2007, the new scale of official fees covers the cost of filing up ...
Tunisia: Legislators Chase After Counterfeiters
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Tunisian law enforcement’s ability to combat the importation and the sale of counterfeit goods that violate intellectual property rights was recently strengthened following the amendment of Articles 51 and 52 of Trademark Law no. 36 of 2001. Law no. 50 of 2007 ...
Libya: National Phase PCT Applications
Monday, August 6, 2007
The Patent Office of Libya has recently announced that it will accept PCT applications designating Libya and entering into the national phase.  The Patent Cooperation Treaty came into force in the country back in September 15, 2005, three months after the deposit of ...
Syria: A New Patent and Utility Models Law on its Way
Friday, August 3, 2007
Syria has introduced a new patent and utility models bill which, once effective, will replace the patent-related provisions of existing legislative Decree no. 47 of 1946. The bill was forwarded to the Syrian Council of Ministers for discussion. We will be providing you with ...
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 ...