The Syrian Patent and Trademark Office 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.

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