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Digest of Major IP Developments in the Middle East & Africa in 2006

December 31, 2006

– Bahrain issues new intellectual property laws on the protection of trademarks, trade secrets, patents and utility models, geographical indications, copyrights and related rights.
– The Bahraini Patent Office announces that it would start accepting patent applications after a suspension of two years.
– The Trademark Law Treaty is approved by the Bahraini Parliament.
– Bahrain approves the country’s accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty PCT (the instrument of accession has not been deposited yet).
– Qatar issues a patent law for the first time in the country.
– New patent, topography of integrated circuits, and trademark laws enter into force in Algeria.
– Syria ratifies a new law on trademarks, geographical indications, and industrial models.
– Ethiopia issues a trademark law for the first time in the country.
– Morocco adopts provisions for filing oppositions against trademark applications for the first time in the country.
– The International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants UPOV enters into force in Morocco.
– Dubai implements new border measures for the protection of Intellectual Property.
– Iraq’s Trademark Office reduces the trademark protection period to 10 years from the filing date.
– Jordan introduces new warning label regulations.
– Jordan implements new border measures for the protection of Intellectual Property.
– The West Bank Patent and Trademark Office launches a new system for filing trademark applications electronically.
– Lebanon establishes an Information Technology and Intellectual Property Rights Law Enforcement Office to curb the levels of software, copyright, and music piracy in the country.

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