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Morocco: Joining the UPOV
Sunday, October 8, 2006
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Morocco to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The said International Convention entered into force in ...
Oman: Free Trade Agreement Approved
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The United States Senate gave final congressional approval on September 19, 2006 to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Oman, sending the bill to President George W. Bush to sign into law. The completion of a comprehensive FTA had been announced on March 10, 2005. This ...
UAE: Weekend Shift
Friday, September 1, 2006
The UAE government announced that, starting September 01, 2006, the country’s official weekend will shift from Thursday - Friday to Friday - Saturday. In this context, it is worth noting that all annuity and renewal fees which will fall due on a Friday or a Saturday ...
Qatar: A Patent Law is Born
Monday, August 7, 2006
Upheaval in patent legislation has been heavy over the past year in various Arab countries like Algeria, Morocco, Oman, and Bahrain. Qatar has now joined this trend! The Ministry of Trade and Industry of Qatar issued on August 07, 2006 Decree no. 30/2006 promulgating a ...
Bahran: More IP Laws
Saturday, July 1, 2006
In the scope of their continuous efforts to enforce an outstanding intellectual property protection system, the Bahraini Parliament and the Shura Council have recently approved various intellectual property laws, details of which are summarized in the following table. The ...
Syria: New Draft Law Ratified
Thursday, June 1, 2006
A new daft law on Trademarks, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Models and Designs was ratified by the Syrian Council of Ministers on June 06, 2006. Subsequently, the bill was forwarded to the Parliament for further review and approval. This new law, once ...
UAE: US-UAE Free Trade Talks
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The fifth round of free trade negotiations between the UAE and the United States was held in Abu Dhabi on May 10, 2006. Talks on a bilateral free trade agreement started after the signature of a US-UAE Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in 2004 and are expected to ...
Bahrain: Implementing Regulations for Patents and Utility Models Out
Monday, May 8, 2006
Two years after Law no. 1 of 2004 concerning Patents and Utility Models was promulgated, the Bahraini Ministry of Industry and Commerce issued on May 08, 2006 Resolution no. 54/2006 regarding the regulations implementing the law and the related official fees ...
Bahrain: New Laws Concerning Integrated Circuits and Industrial Models and Designs
Thursday, May 4, 2006
It is worth noting that the Parliament  and the Shura Council have approved Law No. 5 of 2006 concerning the Layout of Integrated Circuits and Law No. 6 of 2006 concerning Industrial Models and Designs. Accordingly, the Kingdom issued the laws on April 29, 2006 and ...