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Saudi Arabia: Another Increase in Official Fees
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Starting February 19, 2017, the publication fees for the recordal of assignment, license, mortgage, limitation of goods, amendment of mark, merger, change of name, and change of address will increase two to three times the current level. Online filing is expected to follow ...
Qatar: Updated Classification of Services
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Qatari Trademark Office is accepting applications in classes 43, 44 and 45 as of February 12, 2017. For a long time before the introduction of this new arrangement, the TMO followed the 7th Edition of the Nice Classification, which is limited to 42 classes only. The ...
UAE: New Regulations for Cosmetics and Perfumes
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
New regulations set by the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) have made it mandatory to feature, among other information, the name of cosmetic and personal care products in Arabic on the packaging of products sold in the United Arab Emirates. The ...
UAE: Putting a Lid on Commercial Fraud
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The United Arab Emirates issued Anti-Commercial Fraud Law no. 19 in December 2016 in an effort to protect consumers and regulate the market. The Law, previously approved by the Federal National Council back in 2014, brings welcome improvements and positive enhancement to ...
Kuwait: Separate Certificates for Recordal
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Kuwaiti Trademark Office announced that it plans to issue separate certificates for the renewal and recordals matters for trademarks in the near future. In the meantime, the current procedure of endorsing the original certificates of the trademark registration with ...
Nice Classification: 11th Edition
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The latest edition of the Nice Classification (11th edition) entered into force on January 1, 2017. Amendments cover 15 class headings and explanatory notes for seven classes. Furthermore, the list of goods and services was extended by 334 terms. The 11th Edition will be ...
Turkey: Increase in Official Fees
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Turkey announced an increase in the official fees for trademark matters. The increase also applies to EP Validation, search and examination, and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The new rates went into force as of January 1, 2017. Should you ...
Turkey: Laying Down the Law
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Turkey announced the adoption of Law No. 6769 on the Protection of Industrial Property Rights, which repeals and replaces the Decree Laws on Patents and Utility Models, on Trademark and Service marks, on Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. The new Law passed ...
ARIPO: Harare Protocol Amended and Increase in Official Fees
Friday, January 13, 2017
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) recently amended the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and announced an increase in official fees. The amendments entered into force on January 1, 2017. Some of the amendments include the ...