Pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 500 of 2015 published on December 27, 2015 (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. Although Decree No. 500 will enter into force one day following publication in the Official Gazette, the new rates are expected to become effective as of January 4, 2016 and will be applied on all new and pending applications. 

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