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MENA: A Closer Look at Design Protection

September 1, 2014

Local Design Laws: Design laws, among other norms of positive legal systems such as trademark and patent laws, were introduced in the past in almost all of the countries of our region, either by their own codes or by including them in general codes. Basically, such laws explore and discuss the designs protected, the duration of protection, the transfer of rights, the procedures, penalties, and remedies, and the scope of protection. International Design Conventions: Only Egypt, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia from our region are members of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Most countries are members of the WTO, which, of course, extends to the TRIPS agreement. TRIPS, Part II address each intellectual property right in succession.
Examination: Novelty is a requirement in all jurisdictions except for Algeria, Cyprus, Gaza, Lebanon,
Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank, and Yemen. Applications with Multiple Figures: It is possible to submit applications with multiple figures in all jurisdictions except for Ethiopia, Gaza, India, Iran, and Pakistan The table below includes information on the duration, examination, and renewal of designs in addition to applications with multiple figures (if possible) in the MENA region.

Country

Duration

Renewal

Algeria

1 year from filing date

For one term of 9 years

Bahrain

10 years from filing date

For one term of 5 years

Cyprus

5 years from filing date

For four terms of 5 years each

Djibouti

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Egypt

10 years from filing date

For one term of 5 years with a 3-month grace period

Ethiopia

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Gaza

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

India

10 years from filing date

For one term of 5 years

Iran

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Iraq

7 years from filing date

Not possible

Jordan

15 years from filing date

Not possible

Kuwait

10 years from filing date

For one term of 5 years

Lebanon

25 years from filing date

For one additional term of 25 years

Libya

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years

Morocco

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years

Oman

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Pakistan

10 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 10 years

Saudi Arabia

10 years from filing date

Not possible

Sudan

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years

Syria

5 years from filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Tunisia

5, 10 or 15 years from filing date

For two consecutive periods of 5 years, where the initial duration was 5 years and for a further period of 5 years where the initial duration was 10 years

Turkey

5 years from filing date

For four consecutive terms of 5 years each

UAE

10 years from filing date

Not possible

 West Bank

5 years filing date

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Yemen

10 years from filing date

Not possible