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Morocco: Increasing IP Asset Value in an Emerging Economy
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
With coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco occupies a regional position of great importance. Morocco has made use of its proximity to Europe and its location at the gates of the Western Mediterranean, along with skilled labor, to work towards ...
MENA: Regional Patenting Cheat Sheet
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Middle East and North Africa is a very attractive market for innovator companies to consider when looking at expanding presence internationally. Given the improving patent landscape and developing economies of the countries in the region it is certainly time to take a ...
UAE: Customs Recordal Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi
Monday, August 22, 2016
It is now possible to file for Customs recordal in Abu Dhabi, effective as of August 21, 2016. This makes Abu Dhabi the fifth Emirate (out of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates) to allow for recordal, in addition to the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, ...
UAE: Implementation of New IP Protection e-Service
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) launched a new electronic system for recording trademarks and processing complaints against importers and distributors of suspected counterfeits. The updated e-service replaces the previous procedure that required ...
MENA: Patenting in an Innovation Hub
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Over the past several years, almost every country in the MENA region has updated, revamped or introduced new patent laws in regards to pharma; with many adopting internationally accepted practices. While in the past only pharmaceutical processes were patentable, it is now ...
Syria: Increase in Patent Official Fees
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 1540 of 2016, the official examination fees for patent applications have increased in the country, effective as of July 1, 2016. An increment was also imposed on trademark publication fees back in May of the same year. We have absorbed ...
Saudi Arabia: Final Step Towards Regional Trademark Law
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The new GCC Trademark Law and Implementing Regulations were published in the Saudi Official Gazette on July 1, 2016. The Law is expected to enter into force after 90 days from the publication date. The GCC Trademark Law, unlike the GCC Patent Law, is a unifying, not a ...
MENA: No Smokescreens for Big Tobacco’s IP Protection
Monday, July 11, 2016
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a lucrative but competitive market for the tobacco industry, with cases fought over the tiniest elements of packaging. Global brands should familiarize themselves with the similarities – and differences – ...
Djibouti: Onboard the PCT Train
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Djibouti became the 150th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 23, 2016. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on September 23, 2016. This development is indicative of the country’s drive and motivation to develop its patent filing system.The ...