Pursuant to order No. 80 issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority on April 26, 2004 amending the Trademarks and Descriptions Law No. 21 of 1957 (renaming it Trademark and Geographical Indications Law), the Iraqi Trademark Office has announced the reduction of the trademark protection period from fifteen years to ten years as of the filing date. This applies to all applications for the registration or renewal of trademarks filed at the Office on or after April 26, 2004. However, all applications filed at the Office before April 26, 2004 and which remain pending will still be granted a protection period of fifteen years.

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