– The Berne Convention enters into force in Yemen.
– The Brussels Convention enters into force in Oman.
– The Budapest Treaty, the Nice Agreement, and the Vienna Agreement enter into force inJordan.
– The Hague Agreement enters into force in Syria.
– The Hague Agreement enters into force in the OAPI.
Bahrain starts accepting PCT applications entering into the national phase.
Jordan and Kuwait start accepting service mark applications in classes 43, 44, and 45.
– The WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty enter in to force in  Turkey.
Ethiopia drops the legalization requirement for all documents filed at the Trademark Office except for the power of attorney.
Kuwait begins examination of industrial design applications.
Iran approves a new trademark, patent, and industrial design law, which contains provisions on the registration and maintenance of designs for the first time in the country.
Oman approves a new Industrial property Law and a new Copyright Law.
Syria waives the requirement for the Boycott of Israel Declaration for all new filings of national trademark, patent, and industrial design applications.
Iraq modifies its local sub-classification of goods and services with updates mainly involving headings of classes 35 and 42.
India begins conducting device searches.
Jordan establishes an Intellectual Property Rights Law Enforcement Office.
Saudi Arabia approves the bylaws of a newly-established Saudi Consumer Protection Association.
Iraq issues the first certificates of registration for trademarks that have been pending due to the Israeli Boycott issue.
OAPI adopts the 9th edition of the Nice Classification.

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