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Iraq: Missing Files at the Trademark Office
November 9, 2011
A large number of trademark files were destroyed back in 2003 as a result of the war in Iraq. The latest step in the Iraqi Trademark Office’s process to rectify the situation was the official announcement on October 11, 2011 to review the files of trademark registrations 23000 to 34999 in order to make sure that the records are in order. By way of background, the Iraqi Trademark Office has already completed the revision of two file batches: (files no. 1 to 16090) and (files no. 16091 to 22999).
In case of any missing documents, owners will be asked to complete all requirements by no later than April 11, 2012. Trademark registrations with records that remain incomplete after this date will be considered abandoned. It is not clear at this stage whether the deadline will be extended.
In light of the above, Saba & Co. IP will be reviewing client files in coordination with the Iraqi Trademark Office and will notify clients of any missing or incomplete records.
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