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Syria: Major Updates

June 16, 2008

SYRIA: July 10, 2008 Deadline to Complete Formalities
The Syrian Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) has recently announced that all requirements related to trademark and design applications filed under the regulations of the old law (Decree no. 47 of 1946) should be completed before July 10, 2008. Failure to submit missing documents by that date will result in the applications being abandoned. This procedure comes as part of the measures taken by the SPTO in preparation for the new trademarks, geographical indications, and industrial models and designs law in Syria (Law no. 8 of 2007), which became effective in the country on April 12, 2007 and which replaces legislative Decree no. 47 of 1946.

SYRIA: Boycott Declaration Waived
The requirement for the Boycott of Israel Declaration has been waived for all new filings of national trademark, patent, and industrial design applications in Syria. With this development, it is now possible for all first-time applicants, not listed on the Boycott List, to register trademarks, patents, and designs in Syria without having to sign the Boycott of Israel Declaration.

Before this decision was taken, applications were referred to the Boycott Office to clear the applicant’s company name. First-time applicants with no record of prior clearance were required to submit a Boycott declaration. Once clearance was obtained, the application followed the regular registration process. Applications that were not cleared by the Boycott Office were left pending. The Syrian authorities have yet to decide on how these pending applications will be treated following the new decision. We will be reporting on this in due course.

Saba & Co. Intellectual Property encourages all clients, especially those who were unable to file their applications previously in Syria, to benefit from this new development, and will be more than pleased to handle your new applications in the country. The filing requirements of trademark, patent, and design applications in Syria as well as suitable power of attorney forms are available on this website.

Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@sabaip.com