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Yemen: First Letters Patent Granted to Saba

July 12, 2012

We are very pleased to announce that we are the agents of the first two letters patent issued by the Patent Office in Yemen. The patent was issued and signed on July 11, 2012. This first patents will bear the numbers 1 and 2.

This is an explicit recognition by the authorities in Yemen of the growing importance of patent protection in the country. The patent framework in Yemen is now evolving to cope with the rapid globalization and technological change. Both globalization and technological advancement have presented significant opportunities and challenges to the patent system. As a result, patent rights are becoming increasingly important in Yemen, but many of the challenges facing the patent system are yet to be addressed.

In principle, a maintenance fee will be due annually on the anniversary of the filing date. However, the Patent Office is still working on its new setup in preparation for implementing the new regulations and, to date, has not yet started accepting annuity payments. We will let you know once this happens. For your information, patent applications in Yemen will be accepted as long as they have already been published by other Patent Offices.

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