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Qatar: E-Filing of Patent Applications
Friday, March 17, 2017
Given Qatar’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Qatari Patent Office recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form. Other jurisdictions in the Arabian Gulf ...
Qatar: New Industrial Designs Draft Law
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Qatar approved the Industrial Designs Draft Law along with its Implementing Regulations on March 15, 2017. The draft is expected to repeal Law no. 9 on Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs that was issued in 2002. It is worth noting ...
Bahrain: Trademark Registrations Going Online
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Trademark applications may be submitted electronically at the Bahrain Trademark Office as of February 20, 2017. The new process involves uploading an electronic application to the online system, along with soft copies of the power of attorney and priority document. The ...
Jordan: Accession to the PCT
Monday, March 13, 2017
Jordan became the 152nd member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on March 9, 2017, and the most recent Arab state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on June 9, 2017. During the transitional period, the Ministry concerned will raise ...
Joseph Sanbar: Gone, but Not Forgotten
Saturday, March 11, 2017
It is with the deepest of grief that we deliver to you the heartbreaking news of the death of Joseph Sanbar, former chairman of Saba IP. He passed on peacefully in the ...
Saudi Arabia: Change in Opposition Proceedings
Friday, March 10, 2017
With the adoption of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law in the country, Saudi Arabia has updated its opposition procedure from a legal to a purely administrative proceeding. Given that oppositions are now administrative proceedings in Saudi Arabia, they are in ...
Jordan: Country Insights
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
With its significant geopolitical position in the Middle East, Jordan is nestled in the cradle of civilization. Its location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, provides Jordan with convenient access to the international market. The capital, Amman, is ...
Sudan: Pushing for a WTO Membership
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sudan reinitiated its efforts to join the World Trade Organization on January 31, 2017. The WTO accession process is an integral part of the economic reforms in Sudan, which is receiving strong support from both executive and legislative branches of the government, as well ...
Egypt: Increase in Patent Examination Fees
Friday, February 24, 2017
Following the drastic drop in the value of the local currency, the Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision to increase the official fees of several patent related services, including the fees for substantive examination. These fees went into effect retroactively for all ...