In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in the country, Oman ratified its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

The Geneva Act will enter into force in Oman on June 30, 2021. With this update, Oman is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to join the Geneva Act. This accession will allow Oman to protect both its appellations of origin and geographical indications.

The Geneva Act, which will cover 33 countries with Oman’s accession, helps ensure that producers of quality products linked to origin are able to protect the distinctive designations of their products in multiple jurisdictions, either as appellations of origin or geographical indications. Examples of such products from the MENA region include the Al-Saidi khanjar (the Saidi dagger) of Oman and Huile d’olive de Téboursouk (olive oil of Téboursouk) of Tunisia.

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