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Oman: New Trade Name Regulations
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 124/2016, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) in Oman now has the authority to cancel or ask the applicant to alter the registration of any trade name if it is similar to a registered trademark or any component of the trademark, ...
Kuwait: Final GCC Country with PCT Membership
Monday, June 20, 2016
Kuwait became the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 9, 2016, and the sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on September 9, 2016. With Kuwait’s accession, all GCC ...
Syria: Increase in Official Fees
Friday, June 10, 2016
Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 1171 of 2016, the official fees of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria. The new rates became effective as of May 22, 2016 and will be applied on all new as well as pending applications, including recordals. We have absorbed ...
Bahrain: Substantial Increase in Official Fees and Introduction of Online Publication
Monday, May 30, 2016
Pursuant to Ministerial Decree no. 65 of 2016 approving the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law, the official fees for trademark related matters have increased significantly across the board in comparison with their current level. The new rates became ...
Iraq: Formalities for Class 5 Applications Revised
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Pursuant to an official notification issued by the Ministry of Health on April 3, 2016, which was addressed to the Industrial Property Office, a revised set of requirements for trademark applications in class 5 (covering pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations and ...
Jordan: Promoting the Use of Arabic on Signboards
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Jordan is expected to join Egypt, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria in their call for the compulsory use of the Arabic script of a mark on signboards. This comes pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 of Law no. 35 of 2015 for the protection of the Arabic ...
MENA: Roots for the Protection of Plant Varieties
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
MENA: Roots for the Protection of Plant Varieties Plant variety laws, among other norms of positive legal systems such as trademark and patent laws, were introduced in the past in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, either by their own codes or ...
Kuwait: Patent Protection via GCC Patent Office Only
Monday, May 9, 2016
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Trade and Industry approved Law no. 115 of 2016 on the regulations implementing patent Law no. 71 of 2013. The new Law was published on April 3, 2016 and went into effect the following day. Accordingly, the Kuwaiti Patent Law and regulations which ...
Qatar: Patent Grievances Committee
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Now that the Qatari Patent Office has been actively examining patent applications for the past several months and has even issued decisions on several applications, there is a need for applicants and interested parties to have a clear mechanism for appealing or opposing ...