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MENA: USTR Special 301 Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the Special 301 Report in April 2022, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. The most notable update this year is that Saudi Arabia was removed from the Priority Watch List following a number of favorable steps taken by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual ...

2022-06-09T14:33:43+00:00June 7th, 2022|News|

GCC: Patent Updates from the Region

GCC Region: January 6, 2021 marked the first day on which the regional GCC Patent Office (GCCPO) stopped accepting new patent applications claiming a 12-month priority. For those applicants that filed PCT applications as of that date and are considering the Arabian Gulf market for extending their patents, July 6, 2022 marks the first ...

2022-06-09T14:37:39+00:00June 7th, 2022|News|

Iraq: All Aboard the PCT Train: Applications Started Designating IQ

As of May 1, 2022, PCT applications started designating Iraq (IQ) for national entry phase. To date, the Directorate of Patents and Industrial Designs Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) has not issued new guidance on PCT-based filings and prosecution. Under the Convention filings, applications are required to include legalized assignment documents ...

2022-06-09T14:46:49+00:00June 7th, 2022|News|

UAE : Destination Innovation: Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority Enters the Metaverse

In a screen-shattering update, the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) in Dubai, UAE, established the world’s first regulator headquarters in the Metaverse. The expansion of VARA’s resources to a borderless sandbox world is part of Dubai's strategy to create a decentralized regulator model. VARA also aims to facilitate engagement between virtual asset service providers, ...

2022-06-07T19:20:04+00:00June 7th, 2022|News|

Africa Focus: Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar: An Oasis Worth Considering

With interminable shores along the Indian Ocean and a total area of 947,303 square kilometers, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa occupying an unrivaled regional role that is increasing in significance. Due to its vast natural resources, Tanzania has achieved high growth rates and is experiencing stable economic development. Tanzania encourages foreign ...

2022-06-07T19:06:50+00:00April 7th, 2022|News|

UAE: A New Era for Copyrights

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association (ERRA). The founding of the ERRA, a first-of-its-kind association in the region, comes in light of the UAE’s vision to promote creativity, protect the copyrights of content creators, and safeguard the rights of authors and publishers through appropriate laws and legislations. By ...

2022-06-07T19:03:23+00:00April 7th, 2022|News|

Kuwait: Going Paperless at the Patent Office

As more and more patent offices in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) evolve with updated laws, regulations or systems, the services they provide improve and become more streamlined and efficient. Not surprisingly, the Patent Office in Kuwait (KPO) launched an updated version of its e-platform in February 2022. The KPO initially unveiled its online ...

2022-06-07T18:50:46+00:00March 7th, 2022|News|

All Aboard the PCT Train, Next Stop Iraq

After years of preparation, workshops, and meetings, Iraq has finally taken the leap and acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on January 31, 2022. The Treaty will enter into force on April 30, 2022, and once the proper infrastructure has been established, all international applications, filed on this date or after, will designate ...

2022-02-23T10:07:13+00:00February 4th, 2022|News|

Saudi Arabia: Upcoming Accession to the Hague Convention

As part of the ongoing national campaign to ease market entry and promote the growth of the private sector, Saudi Arabia approved the accession to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille). Saudi Arabia is expected to complete the necessary legal procedures for the Kingdom’s accession to the ...

2022-06-09T14:48:39+00:00January 31st, 2022|News|

Laying Down the New IP Laws in OAPI

The long awaited amendments to the OAPI system are now in force. The African Organization for Intellectual Property, better known by the French acronym OAPI, announced that the new IP laws concerning trademarks, geographic indications, utility models, and industrial designs entered into force on January 1, 2022. The amendments have been ratified by the ...

2022-06-09T11:42:19+00:00January 21st, 2022|News|

Take It Online: Electronic Processing of Patents Launched in Egypt

As more and more patent offices in the Middle East and North Africa evolve with updated laws, regulations or systems, the services they provide improve and become more streamlined and efficient. Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO) launched its electronic patent services and began receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form as ...

2022-02-23T10:03:03+00:00January 19th, 2022|News|

North Africa Insights: What You Need To Know About IPRS in Tunisia

With coasts along the Mediterranean basin and a close proximity to Europe, Tunisia occupies a regional position of great importance in North Africa. Tunisia is an export-oriented country that is actively liberalizing and privatizing its economy. The country has a diverse economy, ranging from agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and petroleum products, to tourism. Key exports ...

2022-02-23T09:51:34+00:00January 12th, 2022|News|

Notice of Change to Workweek Schedule in the UAE

Effective January 1, 2022, our offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates will adopt a Monday to Friday workweek schedule, with Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend. This update follows the UAE’s shift of the working week for the public sector to better align its economy with global markets. Saba IP - UAE Office: ...

2022-02-23T09:49:06+00:00December 28th, 2021|News|

Laying Down the (Trademark) Law in the UAE

As a much welcomed attempt at improving the intellectual property scene in the country, Federal Decree Law No. 36 of 2021 (the Trademark Law) will enter into force in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 2, 2022. The new Law was published in the Official Gazette in September 2021. The definition of a ...

2022-02-23T09:50:20+00:00December 27th, 2021|News|

Bahrain: Increase in VAT Rate

Bahrain announced that the value added tax (VAT) rate will be increased to 10 percent from the current rate of 5 percent effective January 1, 2022. By way of background, VAT was introduced in July 2019 and applied to goods and services, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. Should ...

2022-02-23T09:46:16+00:00December 27th, 2021|News|

2021: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” feature sums up the most important Intellectual Property (IP) news and developments that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, Africa, and their neighboring regions. This past year highlighted the extraordinarily valiant efforts that the entire world took in fighting the pandemic. With vaccination campaigns and social ...

2022-02-23T09:48:32+00:00December 17th, 2021|News|

New Amendments to the Patent Rules in India

In its ongoing efforts to advance the patent protection scene in the country, India recently published the Patents (Amendment) Rules of 2021, which amend the Patents Rules of 2003. The amendment now includes a new category, “eligible educational institutions.” Rule 2(ca) now defines an educational institution as “a university established or incorporated by or under ...

2021-11-12T10:38:51+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

No Routes for Fakes: Customs Protection in Turkey

Located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey occupies a transcontinental position of significant importance, which bestows upon the country a considerable influence across the region and beyond. Turkey’s largely free-market economy is driven by its industry and, increasingly, service sectors, although its traditional agriculture sector still accounts for about 25 percent of employment ...

2021-11-12T10:36:41+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

MENA: Live Updates of IP Offices in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

As governments begin easing travel restrictions in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are witnessing the reopening of several Intellectual Property Offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With this update, we want to assure you that our main priority remains to ensure the safety and well-being of our people, ...

2021-11-12T11:15:31+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Update on the TMO in Afghanistan

After a brief disruption, the Trademark Office (TMO) in Afghanistan has resumed full operations and is now accepting new trademark applications and processing pending applications. By way of background, the TMO follows the 10th edition of the Nice classification, and trademark examination is performed on formal, absolute, and relative grounds. Oppositions may be filed within ...

2021-11-12T10:28:33+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

UAE: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks on September 28, 2021. The agreement is expected to enter into force on December 28, 2021. UAE Affiliations: ...

2021-11-12T10:26:42+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Country Insights: Pakistan

With its significant geopolitical position in South Asia that provides the country with convenient access to the international market, Pakistan is nestled in the cradle of the historical Indus Valley civilization, which dates back at least 5,000 years. Local industries include textiles and apparel, food processing, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments, construction materials, paper products, fertilizer, and ...

2021-11-12T10:22:00+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Country Insights: Bangladesh

With over 57 rivers and vast rich fertile flat lands, Bangladesh is a lush country that is ripe with opportunities. The country’s location in South Asia provides Bangladesh with convenient access to the international market. Bangladesh’s economy has grown roughly six percent per year since 2005. More than half of the country’s GDP is generated ...

2021-11-12T10:20:04+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Cooperation for Innovation: SAIP Signs Agreement with INPI

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the French Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). The MOU aims to facilitate the bilateral cooperation in intellectual property between the two countries through exchange of information and practices, as well as experience and capacity building in intellectual property in general ...

2021-11-12T10:18:30+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

The Kingdom Strikes Again: Millions of Counterfeits Destroyed in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) is continuously proving its prowess after it has successfully confiscated and destroyed more than 5 million items that were in violation of intellectual property rights. The infringing products that were confiscated by the SAIP in a sting operation alongside the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority and the Ministry ...

2021-11-12T10:16:46+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Innovators Rejoice, A New Law is Coming to the UAE

In an effort to facilitate and promote innovation in the country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued and published the new Law on Industrial Property, Law No. 11 of 2021 in the Federal Gazette No. 706. Implementation of the law awaits publication of the related implementing regulations, which are expected to be drafted by the ...

2021-11-12T10:14:24+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Increase in Fees in Sudan

The official fees for all intellectual property related matters increased significantly across the board in comparison with their previous level in Sudan. The new rates were published in the Official Gazette on August 5 and will be implemented on August 8, 2021 and apply to all new and pending applications. Should you have any questions, ...

2021-11-12T10:12:04+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Busting Screens: Online Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has garnered an illustrious reputation of having one of the most robust anti-counterfeiting regimes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The UAE, which is hailed as a desert oasis of opportunities, offers a prime location for the launch and marketing of international brands and is an international ...

2021-11-12T10:09:47+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

MENA: Securing Patents in a Rapidly Developing Region

The Middle East and North Africa region, more commonly known as MENA, receives its share of news in the international circuit. At the forefront, the boom which began in Saudi Arabia a few years ago is still going strong, along with the introduction and implementation of a number of reforms, which are steadily fueling the ...

2021-11-12T10:06:44+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

All Aboard: Saudi Arabia Adopts the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

Saudi Arabia recently adopted the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification, thus replacing the outgoing 10th Edition. The adoption of the 11th Edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered. Upon next renewal, goods and services affected by this change in formalities will be reclassified accordingly by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP). ...

2021-11-12T10:03:17+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Smooth Sailing: New Customs Procedure in Egypt

The Egyptian Customs Authority launched a new electronic system for the pre-registration of all shipment information, aptly named the Advanced Cargo Information (ACI). Registration on the ACI will be mandatory for all shipments arriving at Egyptian seaports from July 1, 2021. Air and land ports will follow suite in the next phase of implementation and ...

2021-11-12T10:00:16+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Fraudsters Beware: Implementing Regulations of Anti-Commercial Fraud Law Issued in Kuwait

In light of its revived efforts to crackdown on intellectual property infringement and malicious business practices, Kuwait published the Implementing Regulations of the unified GCC Anti-Commercial Fraud Law No. 20 of 2019. The new regulations were published on May 31, 2021 in order to assist the authorities concerned in their ongoing efforts to enforce the ...

2021-11-12T09:55:24+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

Online Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Turkey

Located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Turkey occupies a transcontinental position of significant importance, which bestows upon the country a considerable influence across the region and beyond. Turkey’s strategic geographic position makes it an important energy and logistics corridor, linking Europe with the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. With the rise ...

2021-11-12T09:57:20+00:00November 12th, 2021|News|

AFGHANISTAN: ACCESSION TO MADRID PROTOCOL

Afghanistan became the 101st member to join the Madrid Protocol on March 26, 2018. The Protocol is expected to enter into force on June 26, 2018. Other countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are party to the Madrid Protocol are Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00May 2nd, 2018|News|

UAE: SEARCH GOES ONLINE

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the region, the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that official searches will be conducted online as of April 21, 2018. This news follows a recent move by the TMO to issue certificates electronically as of November 2017. By way of background, it is significantly ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00May 2nd, 2018|News|

BAHRAIN: E-FILING OF PATENTS

The Patent Office in Bahrain recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form. The e-portal allows for the submission of application forms electronically along with soft copies of the required documents such as the power of attorney, assignment from inventors, and Arabic translation. We are pleased to announce that ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00May 2nd, 2018|News|

SAUDI ARABIA: PARTNERING UP WITH THE EPO

King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, where the Saudi Patent Office resides, signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Patent Office. The MOU, which aims to strengthen the patent system and increase bilateral cooperation, foresees joint activities in the areas of patent procedures, search, examination and automation, as well as use and ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00May 2nd, 2018|News|

Salah Samhouri

Salah joined Saba IP in 2002 and serves as the country manager at the Yemen Office. Salah provides IP legal and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in the Yemen and the MENA region. Salah holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and is a member of APPIMAF.

2019-04-16T11:37:54+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Ramzi Tarazi

Ramzi joined Saba IP in 1998 and is currently responsible for the firm’s branch and representative offices across the Middle East and Africa, as well as the entire operations of the firm’s Head Office located in Beirut, Lebanon. Before joining Saba IP, Ramzi started his working career as a Design Engineer in Communications with Ericsson ...

2019-04-16T12:20:36+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Pascal Haddad

Pascal joined Saba IP in 1999 and now serves as a shareholder and the country manager at the Morocco Office. Pascal provides IP legal and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in Morocco and the MENA region. Before assuming his responsibilities at Morocco Office, Pascal headed the IT department ...

2019-10-04T06:29:47+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Muhammed El-Sayed

Muhammed joined Saba IP in 2001, served as a country manager in the Kuwait Office and currently serves as the country manager at the Egypt Office. Before joining the firm, Muhammed taught English as a second language. Muhammed received a degree in English and a diploma in education. He is a member of APPIMAF.

2019-04-02T10:21:38+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Mohammad Al Masri

Mohammad joined Saba IP in 2001 and served as the country manager at the Egypt Office and is currently a shareholder and the country manager at the Jordan Office. As a lawyer and Intellectual Property expert with more than 20 years of experience, Mohammad provides IP, legal and strategic advice to clients based on best ...

2021-03-10T11:17:09+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Marwan Haddad

Marwan joined Saba IP in 2009 and currently serves as the country manager at the Bahrain Office. Marwan provides IP, legal, and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in Bahrain. Before assuming his role as country manager in Bahrain, Marwan was responsible for maintaining business relations with US clients. ...

2019-04-16T11:45:06+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Malik Al Kammaz

Malik joined Saba Intellectual Property in 2000 and currently serves as a shareholder and the country manager at the Qatar Office. Malik is practicing primarily in the areas of trademark counseling, prosecution, diligence, licensing, assignments and litigation, both domestic and foreign and advises clients on IP matters and coordinates legal and administrative actions. Furthermore, he ...

2019-10-04T06:34:36+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Hussein Hallaj

Hussein joined Saba IP in 2001 as a shareholder at the Head Office. Hussein provides IP legal and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in the MENA region. Hussein has tried over two thousand cases during his tenure at Saba IP, illustrating his devotion and commitment to safeguarding our ...

2019-10-04T06:24:53+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Hisham Zahr

Hisham joined Saba IP in 1994 where he advises on best practices in IPR protection and commercialization strategies in the Middle East and North Africa for major international companies in different industries. He is based at the company headquarters in Beirut and, as Shareholder and Director of Operations, is responsible for the overall operations of ...

2021-02-24T12:42:15+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Hady Khawand

Hady joined Saba IP in 2008 as the country manager at the UAE Office. Hady provides IP legal and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in the UAE and the MENA region. He also spearheads law enforcement and anti-counterfeiting activities in various industries. Before joining Saba IP, Hady had ...

2021-04-06T11:24:50+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fuad Khalifa

Fuad joined Saba IP in 1991 and now serves as the associate country manager at the Bahrain Office. Fuad provides IP, legal, and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices in Bahrain. Before joining Saba IP, Fuad worked as an editor and translator at GCC News Agency-Bahrain’s Ministry of Information. ...

2019-03-01T11:40:39+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Chrysa Psara

Chrysa joined Saba IP in 1989 and is currently the country manager at the Cyprus Office. Chrysa provides IP legal and strategic advice to clients based on best financial, taxation, and legal practices. Chrysa holds a degree in law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is a member of the Nicosia Bar ...

2019-03-04T12:29:12+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Amal Abdallah

Amal joined Saba IP in 1997 and is currently a shareholder and the country manager at the Lebanon Office. Amal’s practice focuses on providing IP prosecution, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting services to local, regional and international brand owners. Before joining Saba IP, Amal worked at Eurogulf Trading. Amal holds an undergraduate degree in business management and ...

2019-10-04T06:31:07+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Iraq: Say It in Latin

The Trademark Office in Iraq announced that trademark applications may be filed in Latin script without having to submit the Arabic transliteration of the mark. This update rescinds the previous registration requirement that demanded trademarks to be filed in Arabic alongside the Latin version, which provided for the protection of the transliteration of a registered ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00March 21st, 2018|News|

UAE: Announcement of Office Relocation

We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a larger office premises in the United Arab Emirates. Effective March 19, 2018, our new contact details will be as follows: Tamani Arts Tower - 18th FloorAl Asayel Street, Business BayDubai, UAEP.O. Box 42259Telephone: +971 4 553 9911Fax: +971 4 566 8470 Should you have any questions, please ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00March 19th, 2018|News|

Kuwait: Country Updates

Maps of the Middle East illustrate Kuwait as a small country in the region. But what the country lacks in geographic size, it makes up in economic impact. Kuwait is a high income economy backed by the world's sixth largest oil reserves, and the Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency in the world. Local ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00March 19th, 2018|News|

Syria: Fifth Circuit to Handle IP Matters

The Fifth Civil Court of First Instance (Fifth Circuit) in Syria recently announced that it will be handling all intellectual property related matters in lieu of the First Circuit, which typically handles commercial disputes. The Fifth Circuit will be holding hearings related to IP disputes in Damascus only. Pending cases may face a delay as ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00March 19th, 2018|News|

Tanzania: Country Insights

With interminable shores along the Indian Ocean and a total area of 947,303 square kilometers, Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa occupying an unrivaled regional role that is increasing in significance. Due to its vast natural resources, Tanzania has achieved high growth rates and is experiencing stable economic development. Tanzania encourages foreign investment, ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 22nd, 2018|News|

Tunisia: Increase in Value Added Tax Rate

Starting January 2, 2018, the value added tax increased in Tunisia from 18 percent to 19 percent. The increase in the VAT rate in Tunisia follows a similar increase in Lebanon, where the VAT stands at 11 percent up from a level of 10 percent. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 16th, 2018|News|

Oman: Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force in February, 2018 in Oman, thus replacing the outgoing 10th edition. The adoption of the 11th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Oman. Upon next renewal, goods and classes affected by this change in formalities should be reclassified accordingly by the ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 15th, 2018|News|

Lebanon: New Regulations for Imported Food Products

New regulations set by the authorities concerned at the Ministries of Agriculture and Economy and Trade have made it mandatory to indicate, among other information, the importer’s name and address on imported food packages. The required information must be written in either Arabic, English, or French, as per the requirements listed in Common Decision no. ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 15th, 2018|News|

OAPI: Upcoming Formation of Trademark Office and Patent Office

The African Intellectual Property Organization, better known by its French acronym OAPI, will be setting up two separate directorates in the near future—a Trademark Office and a Patent Office. For the time being, one IP directorate still serves as the registry for both trademark and patent matters. This update comes in light of a resolution ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 12th, 2018|News|

MENA: Enforcement of Patents in a Rapidly Developing Region

Over the past few decades, the Middle East and North Africa region witnessed an increased interest in intellectual property. This is primarily evidenced by the urge to update or introduce IP laws and implementing regulations. With the exception of a few countries, the current laws and regulations governing IP rights are in line with applied ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00February 8th, 2018|News|

Qatar: Upcoming Formation of IP Committee

Given the country's unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, Qatar ratified Ministerial Decision no. 45 of 2017 on Establishing the Committee for the Preparation of the National Strategy for Intellectual Property and Innovation. The Decision was published in the official gazette on December 31, 2017, and came into force on January 1, 2018. ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00January 8th, 2018|News|

VAT Rates: Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Lebanon

Starting January 1, 2018, our charges in Saudi Arabia will be inclusive of five percent Value Added Tax. This comes after the release of the VAT regulations in the country on August 29, 2017 and the publication of the VAT Law in July of the same year. The regulations, the Law and the finalized Gulf ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00January 5th, 2018|News|

MENA: Trademarks Cheat Sheet

With the Middle East and North Africa becoming an exceedingly profitable market for companies when considering an international expansion, it is certainly time to take a step back and consider your trademark portfolio and your filing strategy in the region. The below cheat sheet sums up the most important and relevant questions on filing a ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00January 4th, 2018|News|

UAE: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates

The Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically starting from gazette number 181 onwards. It is worth noting that no certificates will be issued for applications that will be accepted and published after November 2017. We are pleased to announce that our colleagues at UAE Office utilized ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00December 14th, 2017|News|

Iraq: Updated Trademark Registration System

The Iraqi Trademark Office is officially asking for the refiling of a trademark application with filing number preceding 72,000 only if the application is determined to be confusingly similar/identical to a newly filed application by a third party pursuant to relative grounds examination. The deadline to refile the application will be seven days from the ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00December 14th, 2017|News|

Afghanistan: No Grace Period for Trademark Renewals

The Trademark Office in Afghanistan announced that there is no longer a grace period for the renewal of an expired trademark. The previous practice at the TMO allowed for a six-month grace period. With this announcement, it is advisable that all renewals must be filed no later than one month before their expiration date. Should ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00December 13th, 2017|News|

2017: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa, and their neighboring regions. The past year marked a landmark achievement for Saba IP, as we have been honored with the IP Firm of the Year award ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00December 1st, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Revision in POA Validity

The Trademark Office in Saudi Arabia declared that the validity of the Power of Attorney is now five years from the date of issuance, unless the duration on the POA is stated otherwise or the POA is revoked.This update comes in light of a memo issued by the Ministry of Justice on March 15, 2016, ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00November 17th, 2017|News|

Iraq: Procedural Changes Related to Publication

The Trademark Office in Iraq is expected to introduce in the near future a new procedure for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address. This procedure would entail the publication of notices in the Official Gazette.At present, publications for these type of ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00November 16th, 2017|News|

Iraq: Erbil TMO Resumes Operations

Following a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations, and is now accepting new trademark applications and processing pending applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned office in Erbil and another in the capital, Baghdad. The TMO in Erbil follows ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00November 13th, 2017|News|

Oman: Country Insights

With coasts along the Arabian Sea, Oman occupies a regional position of great importance. The Omani peninsula of Musandam sits on the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic location that serves as the gateway of oil flow from Gulf Cooperation Council states to the world. Article 11 in the Basic Statute of the Sultanate of Oman ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00November 1st, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Counterfeiters Beware, Maroof is on the Lookout

In its continuous commitment to the protection of intellectual property rights, Saudi Arabia recently released Maroof, an online platform that was developed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment to enhance the e-commerce experience of online shoppers and to combat the sale of counterfeit products in the country. Through an online portal and a dedicated ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00October 30th, 2017|News|

GCC: New Value Added Tax Rate

Value added tax is expected to be introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as of January 1, 2018. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, and education. By way of background, the VAT Law is ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00October 28th, 2017|News|

Egypt: Increase in Official Fees

The Trademark Office in Egypt announced that the official fees for trademark matters have considerably increased across the board in comparison with their previous level. The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017 and will cover new as well as pending applications. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00October 26th, 2017|News|

Syria: Increase in Official Fees

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria. The new rates will become effective as of October 15, 2017. This news comes in light of an increment that was also imposed on the official examination fees for patent applications back in July ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00October 12th, 2017|News|

Tunisia: European Patent Validation

Pursuant to Decree no. 67 of 2017 and the agreement signed between the European Patent Office and the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) in July 2014, European patent applications filed on or after December 1, 2017 can designate TN and European patent grants can be validated in Tunisia. Although Tunisia is not a European Patent Convention ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00October 11th, 2017|News|

Morocco: Increase in Official Fees

Morocco recently announced an increase in the official fees for all intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, and industrial designs. The increase also applies to examination and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The new rates will enter into force on October 1, 2017. By way of background, Morocco has a relatively ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00September 26th, 2017|News|

Kuwait: Original Certificates No Longer Required

Pursuant to new procedures adopted at the Trademark Office in Kuwait, the TMO will be issuing separate certificates for renewal and recordal matters, which include changes of name or address, assignments, and mergers. Previously, the TMO requested the filing of the original trademark registration certificate for the endorsement of any recordal. This update comes in ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00September 25th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Formation of IP Commission

Given Saudi Arabia’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved the formation of the Saudi Intellectual Property Commission and published its Implementing Regulations. The Commission will be led by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and its duties will include handling all IP matters in the country. Pursuant ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00September 20th, 2017|News|

Qatar: Updated Trademark Renewal Formalities

As per Circular no. 6 of 2016, it is possible to pay the trademark renewal fees without a surcharge until the last day of the protection period. In the past the last day to pay the renewal fees without a surcharge was the first day of the renewal period. Late payment of renewal fees is ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00September 15th, 2017|News|

Iran: Demystifying Trademark Enforcement Options

Iran, the second-largest nation in the Middle East, shares borders with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. The country has a coastline that stretches 2,440 km along the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. Iran’s GDP is estimated to be $1.459 trillion, whereas the GDP per capita is $18,100. Industry accounts ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00September 6th, 2017|News|

Lebanon: Increase in Value Added Tax

Starting October 1, 2017, the value added tax (also known as the goods and services tax) will increase in Lebanon from 10 percent to 11 percent.The increase in the VAT rate comes in the wake of the Lebanese government's approval to raise public sector wages as a way to directly finance this raise.Should you have ...

2021-07-03T01:23:20+00:00August 29th, 2017|News|

Bahrain: List Your Full Address When Filing Trademark Applications

The Trademark Office in Bahrain announced that all new trademark applications must include the applicant’s complete address, including the building number and street name. Prior to this change, the TMO accepted applications listing only the applicant's P.O. Box number. This news follows the recent introduction of online trademark registration in Bahrain. The new procedure, which paves ...

2021-07-03T01:23:21+00:00August 21st, 2017|News|

Algeria: Accession to the Beijing Treaty

Algeria recently filed its instrument of accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which regulates copyright for audiovisual performances and expands the performers' rights by affording them more proprietary rights. The Treaty grants performers four kinds of economic rights for their performances fixed in audiovisual fixations, such as motion pictures: (i) the right of ...

2021-07-03T01:23:21+00:00August 10th, 2017|News|

Oman: GCC Trademark Law Approved

Oman has officially adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law as of Monday July 31, 2017. The decision, which was promulgated by Royal Decree no. 33 of 2017, was published in the Official Gazette on July 30, 2017. We now await issuance of the Implementing Regulations by the authorities concerned, which is expected to coincide ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 31st, 2017|News|

Jordan: E-Filing of International Patent Applications

Given Jordan’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Jordanian Patent Office announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form via ePCT filing in its capacity as the receiving office. This news follows the recent amendment and publication of Patent Law no. 16 and Patent Law ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 31st, 2017|News|

Iraq: Trademark Office in Kurdish Region Resumes Operations

After a brief disruption, the Trademark Office in the Kurdish region of Iraq has resumed operations and is currently accepting trademark applications. It is worth noting that there are two Trademark Offices in Iraq, the aforementioned office in Erbil and another in the capital, Baghdad. In principle, the scope of the registration at the Baghdad ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 24th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Remember to Record Your License

Article 31 of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, which is applied in Saudi Arabia, states that "[a] contract licensing the use of a trademark shall only be valid, unless it is written, and it is not a must to be recorded in the Trademarks Register." The Law further elaborates that "[i]f same is recorded ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 11th, 2017|News|

OAPI: Trademark Office Adopts the 11th Edition

The Trademark Office of the African Intellectual Property Organization, commonly referred to as OAPI, recently announced that it is adopting the 11th edition of the Nice classification. OAPI is composed of 17 French speaking African states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 4th, 2017|News|

MENA: Patent Cheat Sheet

Given the improving patent landscape and developing economies of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the region is posited as a very attractive market for innovator companies to consider when looking at expanding their presence internationally. As such, it is certainly time to take a step back and consider your patent portfolio ...

2021-07-03T01:24:18+00:00July 3rd, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Eid Al Fitr Office Hours

The Saudi Trademark and Patent Offices and the GCC Patent Office announced that they will be closed from June 23 to July 8, 2017 in observance of Eid Al Fitr. All deadlines falling during this period will be extended to July 9, 2017, the first working day following the holiday. Should you have any questions, or require ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00June 21st, 2017|News|

Jordan: PCT Enters Into Force

After years of preparation, workshops, and meetings, Jordan has finally taken the leap and acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty on March 9, 2017. Given that the Treaty has effectively entered into force today, on June 9, 2017, all international applications, filed on this date or after, will designate Jordan (JO) for national stage entry. ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00June 9th, 2017|News|

GCC: Strengthening the Patent System

The General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China on May 28, 2017. The MOU is aimed at strengthening the patent system and increasing bilateral cooperation between the GCC and China in the field of intellectual property. With this ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00June 7th, 2017|News|

Kuwait: A Ray of Hope

The Kuwaiti Patent Office announced that, in collaboration with the Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office, they have completed the formality examination for all pending Kuwaiti patent applications. It is expected that the Kuwaiti Patent Office will communicate this news directly with the agent of records and advise on the next steps—that are still not clear ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00June 7th, 2017|News|

MENA: USTR 301 Special Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the 2017 Special 301 Report on April 28, 2017, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. Only five countries—from over 20—in the Middle East and North Africa region were included on the watch list, signifying that a majority of jurisdictions have already addressed the need ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00May 19th, 2017|News|

UAE: Improving the Patent Landscape

The United Arab Emirates recently signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea aimed towards improving the national patent landscape in the UAE. The news follows an announcement from the UAE Patent Office in the beginning of the year, in which it stated that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00May 4th, 2017|News|

Egypt: Country Profile

With a transcontinental location in Africa and Asia, and a considerable proximity to Europe, Egypt occupies an unrivaled and an increasingly significant regional role in the Middle East and North Africa. Egypt holds the record for being the most populous country in the region with over 94 million inhabitants. More than half of Egypt’s residents ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00May 2nd, 2017|News|

MENA: Infringement Exemptions Will Not Quell Innovation

Patent laws in practically all jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa clearly define what is considered to be an infringement act and from what date such acts may be considered infringing. As is the case in most countries outside the MENA region, there are many infringement exemptions that can be summarized in a ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00May 2nd, 2017|News|

Announcement from Saba IP: INTA 2017

INTA here we come again! For more than 30 years in a row, Saba IP will once again participate at INTA Annual Meeting, in Barcelona! Dear Friends and Colleagues, we are thrilled to be meeting you at the conference. Kindly email us at inta@sabaip.com to arrange for a suitable time to meet.

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00April 7th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Upcoming Formation of IP Commission

Given Saudi Arabia’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Saudi Council of Ministers recently approved a proposal for the formation of the Saudi Intellectual Property Commission. The committee will be led by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and its duties will include handling all IP matters in the country. This news ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00April 6th, 2017|News|

MENA: Nice Classification 11th Edition – An Update

As we approach the end of the year’s first quarter, Lebanon and Tunisia join Algeria, Cyprus, and Jordan in adopting the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. The aforementioned jurisdictions are now ready to serve applications for goods and services in the updated classes. Other Trademark Offices in the Middle East and North Africa have ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 20th, 2017|News|

Qatar: E-Filing of Patent Applications

Given Qatar’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Qatari Patent Office recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form. Other jurisdictions in the Arabian Gulf that previously implemented electronic filing for patent applications are Saudi Arabia, the regional office of the Gulf Cooperation Council, ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 17th, 2017|News|

Qatar: New Industrial Designs Draft Law

Qatar approved the Industrial Designs Draft Law along with its Implementing Regulations on March 15, 2017. The draft is expected to repeal Law no. 9 on Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs that was issued in 2002. It is worth noting that with the advent of Qatar’s validation of the unified Gulf Cooperation ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 16th, 2017|News|

Bahrain: Trademark Registrations Going Online

Trademark applications may be submitted electronically at the Bahrain Trademark Office as of February 20, 2017. The new process involves uploading an electronic application to the online system, along with soft copies of the power of attorney and priority document. The updated procedure follows a recent increase in official fees in Bahrain, which was coupled ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 15th, 2017|News|

Jordan: Accession to the PCT

Jordan became the 152nd member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on March 9, 2017, and the most recent Arab state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on June 9, 2017. During the transitional period, the Ministry concerned will raise awareness to familiarize all stakeholders with the PCT.We ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 13th, 2017|News|

Joseph Sanbar: Gone, but Not Forgotten

It is with the deepest of grief that we deliver to you the heartbreaking news of the death of Joseph Sanbar, former chairman of Saba IP. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Mr. Sanbar served the firm tirelessly over a period of more than 50 years, ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 11th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Change in Opposition Proceedings

With the adoption of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law in the country, Saudi Arabia has updated its opposition procedure from a legal to a purely administrative proceeding. Given that oppositions are now administrative proceedings in Saudi Arabia, they are in principle less expensive than the legal proceedings adopted previously. The opposition process remains similar ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 10th, 2017|News|

Jordan: Country Insights

With its significant geopolitical position in the Middle East, Jordan is nestled in the cradle of civilization. Its location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, provides Jordan with convenient access to the international market. The capital, Amman, is Jordan’s most populous city and is the country’s economic, political, and cultural center. Local industries ...

2021-07-03T01:24:19+00:00March 7th, 2017|News|

Sudan: Pushing for a WTO Membership

Sudan reinitiated its efforts to join the World Trade Organization on January 31, 2017. The WTO accession process is an integral part of the economic reforms in Sudan, which is receiving strong support from both executive and legislative branches of the government, as well as the private sector. Given the size of Sudan and its ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00March 6th, 2017|News|

Egypt: Increase in Patent Examination Fees

Following the drastic drop in the value of the local currency, the Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision to increase the official fees of several patent related services, including the fees for substantive examination. These fees went into effect retroactively for all new patent applications filed on or after February 13, 2017. The notification further announced ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00February 24th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Another Increase in Official Fees

Starting February 19, 2017, the publication fees for the recordal of assignment, license, mortgage, limitation of goods, amendment of mark, merger, change of name, and change of address will increase two to three times the current level. Online filing is expected to follow suit anytime soon.By way of background, an online platform for the registration ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00February 14th, 2017|News|

Qatar: Updated Classification of Services

The Qatari Trademark Office is accepting applications in classes 43, 44 and 45 as of February 12, 2017. For a long time before the introduction of this new arrangement, the TMO followed the 7th Edition of the Nice Classification, which is limited to 42 classes only. The TMO will soon decide on how it will ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00February 1st, 2017|News|

Nice Classification: 11th Edition

The latest edition of the Nice Classification (11th edition) entered into force on January 1, 2017. Amendments cover 15 class headings and explanatory notes for seven classes. Furthermore, the list of goods and services was extended by 334 terms. The 11th Edition will be applied to all international trademark applications and registrations received by an ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

Kuwait: Separate Certificates for Recordal

The Kuwaiti Trademark Office announced that it plans to issue separate certificates for the renewal and recordals matters for trademarks in the near future. In the meantime, the current procedure of endorsing the original certificates of the trademark registration with renewal and recordals particulars is still in practice. Should you have any questions, or require ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

UAE: Putting a Lid on Commercial Fraud

The United Arab Emirates issued Anti-Commercial Fraud Law no. 19 in December 2016 in an effort to protect consumers and regulate the market. The Law, previously approved by the Federal National Council back in 2014, brings welcome improvements and positive enhancement to existing enforcement measures in the UAE and in particular with regards to increasing ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

UAE: New Regulations for Cosmetics and Perfumes

New regulations set by the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) have made it mandatory to feature, among other information, the name of cosmetic and personal care products in Arabic on the packaging of products sold in the United Arab Emirates. The new standard, GSO 1943/2016, lists the requirements and replaces GSO 1943/2009. The standard ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 24th, 2017|News|

Turkey: Laying Down the Law

Turkey announced the adoption of Law No. 6769 on the Protection of Industrial Property Rights, which repeals and replaces the Decree Laws on Patents and Utility Models, on Trademark and Service marks, on Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. The new Law passed before the Grand National Assembly on December 22, 2016 and entered into force ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 18th, 2017|News|

Turkey: Increase in Official Fees

Turkey announced an increase in the official fees for trademark matters. The increase also applies to EP Validation, search and examination, and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The new rates went into force as of January 1, 2017. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 18th, 2017|News|

ARIPO: Harare Protocol Amended and Increase in Official Fees

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) recently amended the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs and announced an increase in official fees. The amendments entered into force on January 1, 2017. Some of the amendments include the revision of the provisions for post-grant amendments, restrictions and clarification on multiple dependencies in claims, further clarification ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 13th, 2017|News|

Saudi Arabia: Announcement of Office Relocation

We are pleased to announce that we are moving to a larger office premises in Saudi Arabia. Effective January 15, 2017, our new contact details will be as follows: Office #1, 2nd Floor, Tower B, GOSI Olaya Towers Olaya Street, Riyadh 11565, Saudi Arabia P.O. Box 61145 Telephone: +966 11 2079596  Fax: +966 11 2079598 Should ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 9th, 2017|News|

GCC: Protecting Innovation through the Regional Patent Office

With increasing official or government fees across the board relating to Intellectual Property procurement, regional offices can provide a more cost effective alternative when available. Patent attorneys and law firms worldwide are aware of the European Patent Office (EPO) and in most cases of the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO). Possibly due to the lag in ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 4th, 2017|News|

Jordan: Customs Recordal

Border measures are a key tool in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy and a critical element of a successful intellectual property enforcement system. In the scope of the continuous efforts to create competent border enforcement measures and to provide effective protection, recordals in Jordan are available at two different authorities, the General Customs Department ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 3rd, 2017|News|

Iran: Trademark Requirements Revised

Iran recently announced that a legalized extract from the commercial register is required for new trademark applications and oppositions and must be submitted within 60 days from filing date—a simply signed copy is required at the time of filing, however. As for renewal applications, a notarized extract from the commercial register is sufficient.Should you have ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00January 3rd, 2017|News|

Jordan: Upcoming PCT Accession

Pursuant to amending the Patents Law in 2016, the Jordanian Council of Ministers approved the accession of Jordan to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Accordingly, the instrument of accession is being prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Supply and will be signed on behalf of the government of Jordan and submitted at ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00December 14th, 2016|News|

2016: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa and their neighboring regions.This year marked a milestone achievement for Saba IP, as we have been honored with the IP Firm of the Year award for the ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00December 5th, 2016|News|

ARIPO: Partnering up with the EUIPO

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) on October 3, 2016. The purpose of the MOU is to increase bilateral cooperation between the two regional organizations in the field of intellectual property. This cooperation will be achieved by: The publication of ARIPO ...

2021-07-03T01:24:20+00:00October 21st, 2016|News|

Djibouti: PCT Enters into Force

Djibouti became the 150th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 23, 2016. Accordingly, PCT entered into force on September 23, 2016 and DJ will be automatically designated on all PCT applications as of that date. The Office of Industrial Property and Commerce of Djibouti will act as a receiving office for local ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00October 20th, 2016|News|

Kuwait: Adopting the Tenth Edition of the Nice Classification

The tenth edition of the Nice Classification is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017 in Kuwait, thus replacing the outgoing eighth edition. The adoption of the 10th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Kuwait. Upon next renewal, goods and classes affected by this change in formalities should be ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00October 13th, 2016|News|

Qatar: New Tobacco Legislation in Force

Qatar issued Law no. 10 of 2016 which repeals Law no. 20 of 2002. The new law entered into force on October 11, 2016 and provides a broader ban on advertisements and promotional activities for cigarettes or tobacco and its derivatives. Article 7 of the law stipulates that it is prohibited to import, distribute, promote, ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00October 12th, 2016|News|

Oman: Patent Official Fees Due

The Patent Office in Oman announced that substantive examination fees related to patent applications that have passed formality examination between 2013 and 2014 must be paid by November 21, 2016. No extension of time is possible. As a reminder, the Omani and the Egyptian Patent Offices signed a memorandum of understanding on September 10, 2014 ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00October 10th, 2016|News|

Saudi Arabia: Increase in Official Fees and Substantial Procedural Changes in Trademark Oppositions

Pursuant to the Ministerial Decree approving the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law, the official fees for trademark related matters will increase significantly across the board in comparison with their current level, and are expected to become effective in the country within the coming few days. The exact date of implementation is not clear ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00September 23rd, 2016|News|

Kuwait: PCT Enters into Force

As a reminder, Kuwait became the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 9, 2016, and the sixth and final Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT. Accordingly, Kuwait became bound by the PCT on September 9, 2016 and KW will be automatically designated on all PCT applications ...

2021-07-03T01:24:21+00:00September 9th, 2016|News|

MENA: Regional Patenting Cheat Sheet

The Middle East and North Africa is a very attractive market for innovator companies to consider when looking at expanding presence internationally. Given the improving patent landscape and developing economies of the countries in the region it is certainly time to take a step back and consider your patent portfolio and your filing strategy in ...

2021-07-03T01:25:01+00:00August 31st, 2016|News|

Morocco: Increasing IP Asset Value in an Emerging Economy

With coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco occupies a regional position of great importance. Morocco has made use of its proximity to Europe and its location at the gates of the Western Mediterranean, along with skilled labor, to work towards building a diverse, open, market-oriented economy. Key sectors of Morocco’s economy ...

2021-07-03T01:25:01+00:00August 31st, 2016|News|

UAE: Customs Recordal Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi

It is now possible to file for Customs recordal in Abu Dhabi, effective as of August 21, 2016. This makes Abu Dhabi the fifth Emirate (out of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates) to allow for recordal, in addition to the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah. Recordal of marks will undoubtedly ...

2021-07-03T01:25:01+00:00August 22nd, 2016|News|

UAE: Implementation of New IP Protection e-Service

The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) launched a new electronic system for recording trademarks and processing complaints against importers and distributors of suspected counterfeits. The updated e-service replaces the previous procedure that required complaints to be submitted in person, which is expected to minimize paper work and facilitate processing of complaints and notifications relating to ...

2021-07-03T01:25:01+00:00August 3rd, 2016|News|

Syria: Increase in Patent Official Fees

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 1540 of 2016, the official examination fees for patent applications have increased in the country, effective as of July 1, 2016. An increment was also imposed on trademark publication fees back in May of the same year. We have absorbed our costs in both instances, in spite of the increase ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00July 28th, 2016|News|

MENA: Patenting in an Innovation Hub

Over the past several years, almost every country in the MENA region has updated, revamped or introduced new patent laws in regards to pharma; with many adopting internationally accepted practices. While in the past only pharmaceutical processes were patentable, it is now possible to patent pharmaceutical products or substances. In most cases, only new chemical ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00July 28th, 2016|News|

MENA: No Smokescreens for Big Tobacco’s IP Protection

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is a lucrative but competitive market for the tobacco industry, with cases fought over the tiniest elements of packaging. Global brands should familiarize themselves with the similarities – and differences – between local regimes before diving in. So what trademark issues specific to the MENA region should the tobacco companies be aware ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00July 11th, 2016|News|

Djibouti: Onboard the PCT Train

Djibouti became the 150th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 23, 2016. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on September 23, 2016. This development is indicative of the country’s drive and motivation to develop its patent filing system.The table below lists the jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa region that ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00June 30th, 2016|News|

Oman: New Trade Name Regulations

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 124/2016, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) in Oman now has the authority to cancel or ask the applicant to alter the registration of any trade name if it is similar to a registered trademark or any component of the trademark, or if it is similar to another trade ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00June 23rd, 2016|News|

Kuwait: Final GCC Country with PCT Membership

Kuwait became the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on June 9, 2016, and the sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on September 9, 2016. With Kuwait’s accession, all GCC countries are now members of the PCT, thus enabling ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00June 20th, 2016|News|

Syria: Increase in Official Fees

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 1171 of 2016, the official fees of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria. The new rates became effective as of May 22, 2016 and will be applied on all new as well as pending applications, including recordals. We have absorbed the costs, in spite of the increase in fees, and ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00June 10th, 2016|News|

Iraq: Formalities for Class 5 Applications Revised

Pursuant to an official notification issued by the Ministry of Health on April 3, 2016, which was addressed to the Industrial Property Office, a revised set of requirements for trademark applications in class 5 (covering pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations and sanitary preparations for medical purposes) is now in effect. Under the new requirements, applicants are ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00May 17th, 2016|News|

Jordan: Promoting the Use of Arabic on Signboards

Jordan is expected to join Egypt, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria in their call for the compulsory use of the Arabic script of a mark on signboards. This comes pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 of Law no. 35 of 2015 for the protection of the Arabic language introduced in the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00May 12th, 2016|News|

MENA: Roots for the Protection of Plant Varieties

Plant variety laws, among other norms of positive legal systems such as trademark and patent laws, were introduced in the past in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, either by their own codes or by including them in general codes. Such laws explore and discuss the plant varieties protected, the duration of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00May 10th, 2016|News|

MENA: A Move towards E-Filing

There has been a move towards electronic filing over the past few years in several countries of our region, namely Algeria, Azerbaijan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, UAE, West Bank, and Yemen, and we are seeing Cyprus getting on board only recently. The next country on that list is likely to be Jordan following the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00May 5th, 2016|News|

Qatar: Patent Grievances Committee

Now that the Qatari Patent Office has been actively examining patent applications for the past several months and has even issued decisions on several applications, there is a need for applicants and interested parties to have a clear mechanism for appealing or opposing such decisions. As part of the country's efforts in advancing its IP ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00May 5th, 2016|News|

Ethiopia: Substantial Procedural Changes Soon

Pursuant to the Implementing Regulations issued in 2014 of the Ethiopian Trademark Law of 2006, the Trademark Office is expected to introduce in the near future a new procedure for the renewal of trademarks, which would entail the publication of renewal notices in the local newspapers. At present, renewal publications are not required. A lot of questions ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00April 21st, 2016|News|

Morocco: European Patent Validation

Pursuant to Law no. 23-13 amending and completing Law no. 17-97 on the Protection of Industrial Property, European patent applications filed on or after March 1, 2015 may designate MA and EP grants may be validated in Morocco. After the patent application is published by the EPO, the applicant may file a request for provisional ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00April 13th, 2016|News|

Oman: Steady Development of the Protection of Patents

In September of 2014, the Omani Patent Office signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Patent Office, whereby the latter will act as the examining office for all pending and new patent applications filed in Oman. Since then, we have seen several applications going through examination and examination reports being issued. In December of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:02+00:00April 13th, 2016|News|

MENA: Regional Patent Offices

With increasing official fees across the board relating to Intellectual Property procurement, regional offices can provide a more cost effective alternative when available. Patent attorneys and law firms worldwide are aware of the European Patent Office (EPO) and in most cases of the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO). Possibly due to the lag in emergence and ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00April 13th, 2016|News|

Announcement from Saba IP: INTA 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues,  We will be attending INTA’s 138th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL from May 21, 2016 to May 25, 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the conference this year. Kindly email us at inta@sabaip.com to arrange for a suitable time to meet. Sincerely,  INTA TEAM – Saba IP

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00April 1st, 2016|News|

Kuwait: PCT Accession Soon

Barely a year and a half after issuing Law no. 36/2014 paving the way for Kuwait’s accession to the Paris Convention in November 2014, Kuwait’s Council of Ministers voted and published on March 27, 2016 a new law, Law no. 11/2016, which paves the way for the country’s accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Building ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 30th, 2016|News|

Saudi Arabia: Trademark Renewal Going Online

Effective immediately, applications for trademark renewal will only be filed online. This move to e-filing comes also with a substantial increase in publication fees - 10 fold the current level.  There have also been a number of unconfirmed reports that recordal applications will also be filed online. Although not implemented yet, this move to e-filing ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 24th, 2016|News|

MENA: Industrial Designs in a Developing Region

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 the MENA region, either by their own codes or by including them in general codes. These laws explore and discuss the designs protected, the duration ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 15th, 2016|News|

Iraq: Search Before You File

A prior trademark clearance search is now a prerequisite for every trademark application submitted at the TMO before the filing particulars are issued. This new line of practice could at some point cut down the backlog of work by essentially reducing the time it takes to perform examination on relative grounds at a later stage. ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 11th, 2016|News|

Afghanistan: From Multiple to Single

The Trademark Office of Afghanistan has shifted its classification system from multi-class to single class applications even though no Ministerial Resolution was issued to support this new line of practice. It is still not clear how the TMO is going to treat pending trademark applications as well as trademark registrations following this new classification system. ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 11th, 2016|News|

Egypt: Think Twice Before Importing Counterfeits

According to the new regulations that will come into effect on March 15, 2016, imported goods will not legally enter into the Egyptian market unless the merchandise is authorized by the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC). In order to obtain authorization, importers are required to record the name of the manufacturer, as ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00March 9th, 2016|News|

Tunisia: Approving the European Patent Validation Law

Tunisia recently approved the European Patent Validation Law, which will enter into force following issuance of the related implementing regulations.  This comes one year and a half following the agreement between the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) and the EPO allowing European patent applications to designate TN and eventually for the EP grants to be validated ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00February 26th, 2016|News|

Saudi Arabia: Patenting Cheat Sheet

Saudi Arabia, the world’s leading producer of oil, has been vigorously promoting innovation and the advancement of the protection and enforcement of patents. The most recent development on this front was the publication of new Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law to include provisions concerning the national stage entry of PCT patent applications. These regulations ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00February 15th, 2016|News|

UAE: Laying Down the Law

In its continuous effort to boost intellectual property protection in the region, the UAE will be setting up specialized IPR courts across the country, as per Ministerial Resolution No. 137 for 2016. This applies to federal courts and hence, emirates which have their own court system, such as Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah, are not subject ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00February 12th, 2016|News|

Kuwait: Substantial Procedural Changes in Place

The Kuwaiti TMO has introduced a number of substantial procedural changes pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 500 of 2015 published on December 27, 2015 (approving the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law). The opposition period has been modified. The period will no longer end 30 days from the third publication in the Official Gazette. The opposition ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00February 3rd, 2016|News|

Kuwait: Commitment to IP Protection

Maps of the Middle East illustrate Kuwait as a small country in the region. But what the country lacks in geographic size, it makes up in economic impact. Kuwait is a high income economy backed by the world's sixth largest oil reserves and the Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency in the world. Local ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00January 19th, 2016|News|

MENA: Opposition Proceedings in the Region

The opposition system in the MENA region runs smoothly as it comes in line with the underlying provisions of the trademark laws that are in place, as well as numerous treaty obligations including the Paris convention filings and protection of unregistered well-known trademarks. There is no pan-Arab opposition system in view of the fact that a ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00January 18th, 2016|News|

ARIPO: Implementing Regulations Revised

ARIPO recently revised the Implementing Regulations concerning trademarks, patents, and industrial designs, with the amendments entering into force on January 1, 2016. The definition of a trademark was broadened to include non-conventional trademarks. However, many issues relating to the examination and enforceability of non-conventional marks remain unclear. E-filing of trademark applications is expected to be implemented in ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00January 15th, 2016|News|

Saudi Arabia: New Regulations for Entering PCT National Phase

Saudi Arabia recently published new Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law to include provisions concerning the national stage entry of PCT patent applications. These regulations entered into force starting December 19, 2015. Revisions to the Implementing Regulations include the possibility of requesting extensions of time during prosecution, and the possibility to restore abandoned or canceled patent ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00January 13th, 2016|News|

Libya: Reinstatement of Trademark Registrations (Deadline Extended Unofficially)

The Libyan Trademark Office announced a December 31, 2015 deadline for reinstatement of trademark registrations which have expired between 2013 and 2015. According to the statutory provisions, the protection period is ten years from the filing date. However, the purpose of the present exemption is to address the considerable backlog of work that the TMO ...

2021-07-03T01:25:03+00:00January 11th, 2016|News|

GCC: Laying Down the Trademark Law

The issuance of the Implementing Regulations of the GCC Trademark Law in May 2015 by the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee beckoned a new era for a regional trademark law in the Middle East. The GCC states, namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have been involved in the coordination of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00January 5th, 2016|News|

Saudi Arabia: eCosma Registration

Saudi Arabia announced that all beauty products must be registered with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority through the eCosma portal for free until the end of 2016. eCosma is an electronic system that allows importers and manufacturers of cosmetic products marketed in the country to register their cosmetic products with SFDA and ensure that their products ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00January 5th, 2016|News|

MENA: Stitching the Seams to Protect the Fashion Industry

Innovation and creativity are penchants of the fashion industry; an industry that dictates style worldwide. A fashion item may even transcend its physical form and be hailed as a trend setter and an inspiration for decades. The process of production in the fashion industry relies on a substantial investment of both inventiveness and capital. This ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00January 5th, 2016|News|

Kuwait: Increase in Official Fees

Pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 500 of 2015 published on December 27, 2015 (approving the implementing regulations of the GCC trademark law), the official fees for trademark related matters have increased significantly across the board in comparison with their current level. Although Decree No. 500 will enter into force one day following publication in the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00December 31st, 2015|News|

2015: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” series sums up the most important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, North Africa and their neighboring regions. We are still waiting to see the effects of the political and civil uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria on the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00December 14th, 2015|News|

MENA: Establishing Bona Fide Use

This article focuses on the bona fide use requirement in the Middle East region, and how the practice differs from that of the US, beginning first with an overview of the statutory provisions on use in the local trademark laws – with an examination of the various procedural contexts in which this issue may arise.  ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00December 14th, 2015|News|

Libya: Reinstatement of Expired Trademark Registrations

The TMO has now reportedly opened the door until December 31, 2015 for the reinstatement of trademark registrations which have expired in the years 2013 to 2015. According to the statutory provisions, the protection period is 10 years from filing date. However, the purpose of this present exemption is to address the considerable backlog of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00December 10th, 2015|News|

UAE: Trademark Registration Going Online

Trademark applications and renewals may be submitted electronically at the UAE Trademark Office as of December 6, 2015. The new process involves uploading an electronic application to the online system, along with soft copies of the power of attorney and priority document. Submitting paper copies of the application and supporting documents will still be required ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00December 7th, 2015|News|

Iran: Remember to Seal the Deal

The Iranian Intellectual Property Office announced that all translated documents, including power of attorney, must bear the seal of the Iranian consulate on every page or at least include a seal indicating number of pages with an official stamp of notary public and the seal of the Iranian consulate. This update applies to all pending ...

2021-07-03T01:25:04+00:00November 27th, 2015|News|

MENA: Evaluating Risks and Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Patenting

Three primary criteria exist for a pharmaceutical company to examine when formulating a marketing strategy; these are as follows: market size and growth, protection of intellectual property rights, and enforcement of said rights. This report attempts to provide an insight into these criteria as they relate to the Middle East and North Africa market. Pharmaceuticals ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00November 13th, 2015|News|

MENA: Navigating Pharmaceutical Trademark Protection

Protecting pharmaceutical marks in the Middle East is a challenging, labor-intensive process, which requires special consideration and handling. However, with high imports of branded drugs and soaring growth, this is not a market that rights holders can afford to ignore. The Arab pharmaceutical market is reportedly worth around $20 billion and estimated to grow at ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00November 13th, 2015|News|

Iran: Roadmap to an IPR Protection Arsenal

Iran, is the second-largest nation in the Middle East. Iran shares borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iraq. The country has a coastline that stretches 2,440 km along the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman. Iran’s GDP (purchasing power parity) is estimated to be $987.1 billion, whereas the GDP ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00October 22nd, 2015|News|

MENA: Sweet Success for Confectionery Trademarks

The Middle East and North Africa is a lucrative but competitive market for confectioners, with cases fought over the tiniest elements of packaging. Global brands should familiarize themselves with the similarities – and differences – between local regimes before diving in. Confectionery businesses are going to surprising lengths in order to protect themselves in an ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00October 22nd, 2015|News|

Saudi Arabia: Online Filing of Trademark Renewals

Trademark renewals are expected to be filed online in Saudi Arabia by the end of the year. There have been a number of unconfirmed reports that  the renewal of trademarks will only be filed online. The move to electronic filing of trademark registrations back in late 2013 saw a substantial increase in publication fees. Accordingly, ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00October 9th, 2015|News|

Saudi Arabia: Online Filing of Trademark Renewals and Recordals

Trademark renewals and recordals are expected to be filed online in Saudi Arabia by mid-October. There have been a number of unconfirmed reports claiming that, effective mid-October, the renewal and recordal of trademarks will only be filed online. The move to electronic filing of trademark registrations back in late 2013 saw a substantial increase in ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 15th, 2015|News|

MENA: Recordal of Trademark Licenses

Requirements for trademark license recordal are worthy of examination by businesses considering an expansion into the markets of the Middle East, North Africa, and their neighboring regions. License recordal is compulsory in Iraq, Libya, Oman, Qatar, and Syria, whereas the common practice and the implementing regulations of the trademark laws of our region do not ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

Jordan: Standards and Metrology Organization Law Amended

Jordan has recently amended the Standards and Metrology Organization Law (JSMO) by virtue of Law No. 38 of 2015. Article 12 of the amended law now gives the JSMO the authority to confiscate counterfeit products and to raid shops suspected of selling or making counterfeit products. The same article allows the destruction of products that ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

Enforcement: What Can Be Done in Iran?

Iran has recently grown increasingly important as a consumer market, and is expected to become a major hub for regional trade following the imminent lifting of sanctions. With a developing economy comes the apparent increase both in the volume and types of counterfeit and infringing products trafficked into and from or through the country. Brand owners ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

Algeria: Accession to Madrid Protocol

Algeria became the 95th member to join the Madrid Protocol. The Protocol is expected to enter into force on October 31, 2015.Algeria is also party to the Berne Convention, Madrid Agreement (Source), Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty (signature), Rome Convention, Lisbon Agreement, Madrid Agreement (Marks), Patent Cooperation Treaty, Locarno Agreement (signature), and Nice ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

Saudi Arabia: Customs Seize 34 Million Counterfeit Items

Saudi Arabia has successfully seized 34 million counterfeit items in the first half of 2015. Customs officials in Saudi Arabia are actively screening incoming shipments for counterfeit goods as well as goods that the do not meet the country’s health and safety standards and specifications. In addition to the 34 million counterfeits seized, this ongoing ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

GCC: First to File Countries

The first-to-file concept is given considerable weight in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Although common law rights are, in principle, recognized in GCC countries, registration of marks is highly recommended and the mere registration can be a basis to sue an infringer, although the risks of a non-use cancellation action must be factored-in in any filing strategy. ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00September 4th, 2015|News|

Qatar: Extension of Deadline

The Patent Office in Qatar announced that the deadline for the submission of the required documents and payment of official fees, annuities, and substantive examination fees will be extended to September 30, 2015, for patents filed before December 31, 2014. As for new patent applications, in addition to the filling fees, the patent office will collect the second annuity ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00August 13th, 2015|News|

Iran: Cybersquatter Squashed

The Administrative Panel, assigned for case number D0778-2015 at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, issued a decision in favor of Inter IKEA Systems BV, owner of the trademark IKEA, against Omid, IkeaIran for registering the domain name <ikea-iran.com>. The Panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the trademark IKEA and that the defendant had no ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00August 13th, 2015|News|

Iran: Implications of the Imminent Lifting of Sanctions on IP

Now that Iran, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany), and the European Union have agreed to a landmark comprehensive nuclear agreement, a significant impact on both the economy of Iran and global markets is expected. Not only will the energy sector be particularly affected, but it is also anticipated that the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:46+00:00July 24th, 2015|News|

Kurdish Region of Iraq: Validations Cut Off

It is no longer possible for owners to validate registered trademarks at the Trademark Office in Baghdad up to the TMO in Erbil. Owner can now only file a separate application in the Kurdish region for additional local protection.By way of background, there are two TMOs operating in Iraq: one in Baghdad and another in ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00July 10th, 2015|News|

Gaza: TMO Closing on Tuesdays

The Trademark Office in Gaza announced that it will close every Tuesday, as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015. All deadlines falling during this period will be pushed back to Monday. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00July 3rd, 2015|News|

Egypt: Taking the Fast Lane on the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program with Japan

The Egyptian Patent Office (EGYPO) and the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) began a two-year Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program on June 1, 2015. The PPH allows an application that has been determined to be patentable in the JPOto undergo an accelerated examination in the EGYPO with a simple procedure upon the applicant’s request. The PPH ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 30th, 2015|News|

Jordan: Electronic Transactions Now Possible

The Electronic Transactions Law No. 15 of 2015 entered into force in Jordan on May 15, 2015. Article 4 of the law stipulates that ministries and other governmental institutions may allow electronic transactions, including inquiries, filing and other relevant transactions, provided that the authorities concerned have the appropriate system and regulations setup in accordance with the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 30th, 2015|News|

Iran & Syria: Licence to Protect Your IPR

Current sanctions by the United States do not prohibit the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Iran and Syria. Payments to protect IPR can be made directly, or after the issuance of a General License by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department. General Licenses exclude certain types of payments ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 17th, 2015|News|

Jordan: New Drug and Pharmacy Law Ratified

Jordan recently amended the Drug and Pharmacy Law No. 24 of 2015 that came into effect on May 18, 2015. The main amendments include sanctions imposed on the counterfeiting of medicine. The new law stipulates the following: A punitive sanction of both imprisonment and fine, whereas the old law imposed either imprisonment or a fine, ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 17th, 2015|News|

Oman: Protecting New Plant Varieties

Oman recently published the implementing regulations of Royal Decree No. 49 of 2009 promulgating the Law on the Protection of Breeders’ Rights in New Varieties of Plants. Applications may now be filed with the General Directorate for Plant and Animal Research at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Filing requirements stipulate that applications must include ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 17th, 2015|News|

Oman: Country Insights

With coasts along the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, Oman occupies a regional position of great importance. The Omani peninsula of Musandam sits on a strategic location on the Strait of Hormuz that serves as the gateway of oil flow from Gulf Cooperation Council states to the world. Article 11 in the Basic Statute ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00June 17th, 2015|News|

Saba Intellectual Property Participates in INTA 2015

Saba Intellectual Property was represented by a team of nine members from our regional offices at the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association in San Diego. Our team held fruitful meetings with our multinational clients and associates and shared with them our newly launched corporate identity.

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00May 27th, 2015|News|

UAE: Increase in Official Fees

Pursuant to Ministerial Resolution no. 9 of 2015, the official fees for trademark matters have doubled almost across the board in comparison with their current level. The increase will also affect patent filings and title updates but annuity maintenance fees will not be subject to any change. The new rates will be effective as of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 22nd, 2015|News|

Yemen: Interruption of the Mail Services

In order to avoid delays resulting from interruptions in the mail and courier services, applicants are able to file scanned copies of supporting documents while submitting the legalized copies as soon as available. Also, given that some Yemeni Consulates are refraining from legalization at this stage, notarized documents can be filed pending further submission of ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News|

India: E-Filing Now Possible

The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks declared that the e-filing of design applications and applications for the registration of geographical indications is now possible. This announcement follows India’s recent move to go paperless and provide ubiquitous electronic access to pending trademark and patent applications. Should you have any questions, or ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News|

India: Announcing INPASS

The Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks announced the development of the Indian Patent Advanced Search System. The new search tool allows a full-text search to be conducted for Indian patents and patent applications. According to a statement by the office, INPASS supports wild-cards, truncation, and Boolean operators in all the ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News|

India: Trademark Insights

India is the seventh-largest country by area and the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people in the world. The country shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and Bangladesh. India’s GDP, the fourth in the world, is estimated to be $4.99 trillion, whereas GDP per capita is $4,000. Services account for 56.9 ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News|

MENA: Overview of Trademark Developments in the Region

Paris Convention: Claiming Priority and Protecting Famous Marks All Arab countries are now members of the Paris Convention, with Kuwait being the latest addition. Priority claim requests in Kuwait will become admissible starting 2015. Also, with the Paris Convention membership, all Arab countries are expected to respect Article 6bis which applies to non-similar goods or ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00April 2nd, 2015|News|

Lebanon: Updated POA Requirements

Lebanon declared a revision of the power of attorney authentication requirement on March 21, 2015. The memo, issued by the Ministry of Economy and Trade, stated that all POA submissions after April 10, 2015 must be legalized by the Lebanese consulate. This update will not affect applications filed prior to the aforementioned date. Should you ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00March 26th, 2015|News|

UAE: Speeding Up the Opposition Process

The United Arab Emirates began the implementation of a special project to clear the backlog of pending opposition cases. Through this project, the trademark office aims to hold hearings for all pending opposition cases. Furthermore, the TMO will be issuing decisions for all pending opposition cases immediately after holding the hearing sessions. Should you have ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00March 23rd, 2015|News|

Qatar: Patent Official Fees Due

The Intellectual Property Office in Qatar announced that filing fees, substantive examination fees, and accumulated annuities related to patent applications filed before January 12, 2015, must be paid by July 31, 2015, as reported in the March issue of the Saba IP Bulletin. As for new patent applications, in addition to the filling fees, the IPO ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00March 20th, 2015|News|

Morocco: European Patents Recognized

Morocco became the first country not signed up to the European Patent Organization to validate European Patents beginning March 1, 2015. European applications and patents administered by Morocco will have the same legal rights there as national patents, and will be subject to Moroccan patent law post grant. Application filed before the aforementioned date will ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00March 3rd, 2015|News|

Morocco: Protection of Geographical Indications

Morocco concluded an agreement with the European Union concerning the protection of food and agricultural products produced in specific geographical locations. The geographical indications agreement has yet to be passed to the legislative authorities in Morocco and the European Council and Parliament, where it must be approved before it enters into force. Should you have ...

2021-07-03T01:25:47+00:00March 3rd, 2015|News|

Morocco: Laying Down the Law (Update)

Morocco issued Law No. 23-13 on December 18, 2014, which amends and completes Law No. 17-97 of 2000. The new law entered to force on the date of announcement and publication in the official gazette. The law includes provisions on the protection of patents, integrated circuits, industrial designs, trademarks, and trade names. The main features ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00February 3rd, 2015|News|

Morocco: Laying Down the Law

Morocco issued Industrial Property Law No. 23-13 on December 18, 2014, which amends and completes Law No. 17-97 of 2000. The new law entered into force on the date of publication in the official gazette. The law includes provisions on the protection of patents, integrated circuits, industrial designs, trademarks, and trade names. We will be ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00January 13th, 2015|News|

Algeria: Adjustment of Official Fees

The Algerian Trademark Office revised the official fees for filing trademark applications in colors and for responding to office actions. The new rates are effective as of January 1, 2015 and will be applicable on new, as well as, pending applications. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us at ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00January 9th, 2015|News|

Jordan: Trademark Protection Not Lost in Translation

The Jordanian Trademark Office recently acknowledged the fame status of ALWADI AL-AKHDAR, after a local manufacturer applied for the registration of GREEN VALLEY as a trademark in class 29. Upon publication of the mark in the official gazette, Al Wadi Al Akhdar SAL opposed on the basis that the word mark represents an English translation ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 22nd, 2014|News|

Bahrain: Cybercrime Crackdown

Bahrain issued Law no. 60 of 2014 in an effort to combat cybercrime and set punishments for offences committed on the Internet. The law describes the penalties on violations all cybercrimes committed, such as gaining unauthorized access to a computer system or network, eavesdropping over private transmissions, or presenting forged data as true. This move ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 22nd, 2014|News|

Bahrain: Putting a Lid on Commercial Fraud

Bahrain issued the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law No. 62 of 2014 in an effort to protect consumers and regulate the market. The law defines commercial fraud as the use and sale of a fraudulent commodity which has been altered or manipulated in order to cause deception. The law specifies penalties that will result in imprisonment up ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 22nd, 2014|News|

OAPI: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) became the 93rd member to join the Madrid Protocol. OAPI, short for Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle, is composed of 17 member states which include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Guinea Bissau, ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 22nd, 2014|News|

Jordan: Trademark Protection Not Lost in Translation

The Jordanian Trademark Office recently acknowledged the fame status of ALWADI AL-AKHDAR, after a local manufacturer applied for the registration of GREEN VALLEY as a trademark in class 29. Upon publication of the mark in the official gazette, Al Wadi Al Akhdar SAL opposed on the basis that the word mark represents an English translation ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 22nd, 2014|News|

Saudi Arabia: Preparing for PCT Filings

The Saudi Patent Office will begin acting as a Patent Cooperation Treaty Receiving Office as of January 1, 2015. International applications may be filed at the SPO using WIPO’s ePCT system. Upon filing, applicants may choose the Egyptian Patent Office, among others, as the competent International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority. The SPO ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 19th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Claiming Priority Now Possible

The Kuwaiti Trademark Office announced that it will be accepting new trademark applications with priority claims. Required documents will now include a certified copy of the priority document duly legalized up to the Kuwaiti consulate. This document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date. A more detailed account on the trademark filing requirements ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 17th, 2014|News|

2014 in Playback: Annual Report on Regional Developments

Our annual Playback series sums up the most the important intellectual property developments and news that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East and North Africa. Listed below are the IP highlights of 2014: Bahrain New Requirements for Patent Applications: Effective as of May 1, 2014 but are retroactive to pending applications. The Patent ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 3rd, 2014|News|

Jordan: TMO Sets Precedent for the Protection of Geographic Indicators

The Jordanian Trademark Office, in an unprecedented move, ruled for the protection of BASMATI, a famous geographical indicator for rice originating from the Indian subcontinent. Various rice plants are grown in India and Pakistan under the Basmati name. PUSA BASMATI 1121, a well-known variety grown in India, is popularly referred to as “1121.” A Jordanian ...

2021-07-03T01:25:48+00:00December 1st, 2014|News|

Saudi Arabia: Cracking Down on Counterfeiting

More than two thousand smartphone packing cases bearing the marks of famous brands were recently seized in Saudi Arabia. According to a statement by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the perpetrators intended to repackage counterfeit and stolen smartphones in the authentic cases in order to confuse consumers. In a separate raid, Saudi authorities appropriated ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 25th, 2014|News|

Bahrain: Trademark Examination Update

In order to ensure proper workflow, the Bahraini Trademark Office recently requested applicants to provide missing documents or their applications will be declared abandoned. Effective February 1, 2015, the TMO will update their trademark application form to make it possible to file applications with the documents within 3 months from the filing date. In related ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 25th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Restructuring IP Protection

The United States recently transferred Kuwait from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List for potential breaches of intellectual property rights. Kuwait’s accession to the Paris and Berne Conventions, as reported by Saba IP Bulletin in September, shows the country’s commitment to improve the protection of IPRs. This will certainly translate ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 25th, 2014|News|

UAE: Monitoring Intellectual Property Rights Protection

Dubai recently launched a quarterly index to monitor the protection of intellectual property rights. The index will also identify areas for improvement in the regulatory policies, processes, and strategies in the domain of IPR protection by gathering opinions and expectations of brand owners, law firms, distributors and trading agencies. The level of IP protection measurements ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 25th, 2014|News|

Oman: Substantive Examination Fees Due

The Sultanate of Oman declared on November 2, 2014 that the substantive examination fees for patent applications submitted between 2003 and 2007 will be due within two months from the date of announcement. This move follows the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Omani and the Egyptian Patent Offices, where the Egyptian ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|News|

UAE: Substantive Examination Fees Due

The United Arab Emirates Patent Office declared on October 26, 2014 that the substantive examination fees for patent applications submitted between 2011 and 2013 will be due within 90 days from the date of announcement. Effective November 1, 2014, filing and examination fees will have to be paid for all new patent applications. This comes ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|News|

South Sudan: Untapped, Fertile Grounds

With the self-proclaimed status of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan claims sovereignty over 644,329 square kilometers of land in East Africa. The country shares borders with Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda – making South Sudan readily accessible. Natural resources in South Sudan include ample lands for ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|News|

Algeria: Protecting Creativity alongside China

Algeria and China recently signed a memorandum of understanding on copyright protection. The memorandum outlines the framework of the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between the Algerian National Office of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights and the National Copyright Administration of China. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us atinfo@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00October 27th, 2014|News|

UAE: Signing of the Marrakesh Treaty

The United Arab Emirates recently signed the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. As the name suggests, the treaty is concerned with the enablement of copyright exceptions to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. Other signatories ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00October 27th, 2014|News|

UAE: Signing of the Beijing Treaty

The United Arab Emirates recently signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisiual Performances. The treaty regulates copyright for audiovisual performances and expands the performers' rights. Other signatories in the region include Cyprus, Djibouti, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, and Tunisia. The treaty is expected to enter into force once it has been ratified by 30 eligible parties. ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00October 27th, 2014|News|

Iraq: Accession to the Singapore Treaty

Iraq has recently acceded to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. The treaty will enter into force on November 29, 2014 and will establish common standards for procedural aspects of trademark registration and licensing in the country. Other signatories in the region include Lebanon and Turkey. Should you have any questions, or require ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00October 15th, 2014|News|

MENA: Stitching the Seams to Protect the Fashion Industry

Innovation and creativity are penchants of the fashion industry; an industry that dictates style worldwide. A fashion item may even transcend its physical form and be hailed as a trend setter and an inspiration for decades. The process of production in the fashion industry relies on a substantial investment of both inventiveness and capital. This ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00October 2nd, 2014|News|

Qatar: Cracking Down on Cybercrime

Qatar issued Law no. 14 of 2014 in an effort to combat cybercrime and set punishments for offences committed on the Internet. The law also alludes to the protection of intellectual property. Chapter 2, Section 5, Article 13 of the law describes the penalties of infringing IP rights will result in imprisonment up to the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 17th, 2014|News|

Libya: Patent Office Resumes Normal Operations

The Libyan Patent Office has resumed operations as of September 15, 2014. There are indications that the Trademark Office may follow suit. We will be closely monitoring the situation and updating you accordingly. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us atinfo@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 15th, 2014|News|

Oman: Substantive Examination of Patent Applications

The Omani and the Egyptian Patent Offices signed a memorandum of understanding on September 10, 2014 in which the two offices will work together towards the development of capabilities at the Omani Patent Office. The Egyptian Patent Office will also act as the examining office for all pending and new patent applications filed in Oman. ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 11th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Accession to the Berne Convention

Kuwait acceded to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works on September 2, 2014. The Convention will enter into force on December 2, 2014. Other states in the region that  are part of the Convention are Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 11th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Accession to the Paris Convention

Kuwait became the 176th country to accede to the Paris Convention on September 2, 2014. The Convention will enter into force on December 2, 2014. With Kuwait’s accession, all the Gulf Cooperation Council member countries have now acceded to the Convention. This paves the way for the GCC Patent Office to also deposit its instruments ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 11th, 2014|News|

MENA: A Closer Look at Design Protection

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 ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 1st, 2014|News|

São Tomé and Príncipe: Taking a Seat at ARIPO

São Tomé and Príncipe became the 19th member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization on May 19, 2014. Other member states are: Botswana, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Trademarks: Classification: The International Classification of Goods and Services (9th Edition) is followed. A single application may include several classes. However, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:12+00:00September 1st, 2014|News|

OAPI: Protecting New Plant Varieties

The African Intellectual Property Organization became the seventy-second member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The Convention entered into force on July 10, 2014. Other members of UPOV in the MENA region are Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, and Turkey. The table below sums up information on Plant Variety Rights ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00September 1st, 2014|News|

Yemen: Similarity of Marks

The Court of First Instance in Yemen ruled in favor of Arla Foods, owner of the trademark DANO in class 29 against Salem Abdul Rahman Bajersh Corporation for registering the trademark SANO in the same class.The Court of First Instance in Yemen ruled in favor of Arla Foods, owner of the trademark DANO in class ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00September 1st, 2014|News|

South Sudan: Time to Register Your Marks

Following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan in 2011, authorities are now expected to issue a new trademark law that would be in compliance with the international standards. However, the enactment of the new law is not presumed to take place in the near future. In the meantime, the Ministry of Justice is now ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 30th, 2014|News|

Saudi Arabia: Establishment of Commercial Arbitration Center

Arbitration has become more efficient in resolving conflicts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the establishment of the first Commercial Arbitration Center.  Walkthrough of the Saudi Commercial Arbitration Center: · The Center’s head office is location in Riyadh, but the Council of Ministers seeks establishing branches in other parts of the Kingdom  · The ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 30th, 2014|News|

Tunisia: European Patent Validation Agreement

Following in the footsteps of its neighbor Morocco, the Tunisian patent office, or the National Standardization and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI), signed, on July 3 2014, an agreement which will allow owners of EPO grants to validate their patent(s) in Tunisia by designating it as they would any other EPC member state. Although neither country ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 23rd, 2014|News|

Yemen: Increase in Publication Fees

The Yemeni government has significantly increased the official publication fees of trademark, patent and industrial design applications by virtue of Ministerial decision no. 105/2014 (issued on July 1, 2014), while all other fees remain the same. The new rates will be applicable on all applications filed on or after August 7, 2014. For your information, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 22nd, 2014|News|

Bahrain: New Requirements for Patent Applications

The Bahraini Patent Office introduced new requirements for supporting patent filings, for both national and PCT entries. These new requirements went into effect on May 1, 2014, but are retroactive to pending applications. The patent office will issue notices and set a deadline for completing the requirements for the pending cases. For PCT national stage entries, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 4th, 2014|News|

Customs Recordal: Alive and Kicking

Border measures are always a key tool in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy and a critical element of a successful intellectual property enforcement system. So in the scope of the continuous efforts to create competent border enforcement measures and to provide effective protection, the Customs in Morocco, Sudan, UAE, Tunisia and Cyprus have established ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 4th, 2014|News|

IP FLASH: A Summary on Patents in the Region

1. Saudi Arabia (SA) acceded to the PCT on May 3, 2013 and applications with international filing date of August 3, 2013 and later automatically designate SA for national phase entry with a 30 month deadline. The Saudi Patent Office (SPO) has not issued the implementing regulations relating to PCT filings, accordingly, the SPO has ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 1st, 2014|News|

ICANN: Sunrise Periods and Trademark Claims

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has proceeded with its project of increasing internet domain names endings. By way of background, this project was approved back in 2012 when there were only 22 domain name endings (such as .org; .net; .com) and around 250 country code endings. The main purpose of this ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 1st, 2014|News|

Yemen: Accession to the World Trade Organization July 01, 2014

Yemen became the 160th member of the World Trade Organization on June 26, 2014. The country now observes the TRIPS Agreement. Other WTO members in the region are Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Countries with observer status are Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. Yemen is ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00July 1st, 2014|News|

Qatar: Legalization Dropped, Certification Suffices

The Qatari Trademark Office announced that a certified copy of the priority document will suffice to support a convention priority claim. This update comes after the cancellation of the legalization requirement, which was introduced a few months ago. Filing requirements for a new trademark application are as follows: 1. A Power of attorney legalized up ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 26th, 2014|News|

Saudi Arabia: GCC Trademark Law Published

The decision for approving the revised GCC trademark law in Saudi Arabia was recently published in the country. By way of background, GCC trademark law was ratified in 2006 and was subsequently approved by the Saudi government in 2007. However, back then, the governments of Oman and Bahrain could not approve the draft in view ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 25th, 2014|News|

Ethiopia: Deadline Extended to Dec. 23, 2014

The Ethiopian Trademark Office announced that the submission deadline will be extended to December 23, 2014 for the applications of re-registration of trademarks filed in the country before July 7, 2006. The extension also applies to the renewal applications of trademarks filed between July 07, 2006 and June 22, 2007, which were due for renewal ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 18th, 2014|News|

Yemen: License to Zap

The government of Yemen set a national five-year plan for development to introduce Integrated Pest Management; with one of the requirements relating to the registration of trademarks in class 5. The Yemeni General Administration for Plant Protection will not approve any pesticide in the market place without the submission of a valid local registration certificate ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 14th, 2014|News|

Arab World: Opportunities and Risks for Pharma

The three primary criteria for a pharmaceutical company to investigate when building a marketing strategy are market size and growth, protection of intellectual property rights and enforcement of said rights. This report provides an insight into these criteria as they relate to the MENA market. Pharmaceuticals market in MENA At close to USD20 billion, the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 9th, 2014|News|

IP HIGHLIGHTS: Expanding Medical Devices Patent Protection to the Growing Middle East Market

Pharmaceutical companies have become aware of the importance of extending their patent portfolios to the rapidly growing Middle Eastern market. The region witnessed a remarkable development of the generic pharmaceutical industry in several countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the past decade. Generic players from outside the region began to exhibit increased interest ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00June 9th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Registration Certificates of Designs are Available Now

The Kuwaiti Patent Office has announced that it is now possible for applicants of design applications in the country to ask for the registration certificate of their designs. By way of background, the Kuwaiti Patent Office has started publishing design applications in the country’s Official Gazette for over a year now. Applications are examined in ...

2021-07-03T01:26:13+00:00May 27th, 2014|News|

IP HIGHLIGHTS: First to File Countries

Almost all countries of our region are civil law countries with the code typically exhaustively covering the complete system of the law. This being said, the first-to-file concept is given considerable weight. Despite the fact that some countries may offer a limited amount of common law rights, enforcement is relative and solely determined by the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 26th, 2014|News|

Oman: Seminar on Copyright and Related Rights Protection

The Intellectual Property Department in Oman organized in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) a seminar aiming at strengthening copyright protection in the country. The two-day seminar was held on April 22, 2014 in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The main objective of this seminar is to raise awareness against any violation ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 26th, 2014|News|

UAE and Yemen: Towards More Effective IP Protection…

Saba Offices in the UAE and Yemen have joined their efforts to seek more effective protection of Intellectual Property Rights in the region. They have collaboratively organized a training workshop that aims at combatting counterfeit trademarks. The workshop was held on April 15-16, 2014 in the UAE and was attended by various authorities from Yemen ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 26th, 2014|News|

UAE: Changes in the Examination Formalities

The UAE Trademark Office (TMO) has issued on May 19, 2014, Decision no. 3 of 2014 (to be implemented as of June 1st, 2014) stating that it will no longer issue pre-examination decisions or grant extensions of time during the trademark examination process. Only acceptances, conditional acceptances and rejections shall be issued in the country. ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 26th, 2014|News|

Qatar: Revision of Formalities

The Qatari Trademark Office has recently announced that it is now required to have  the priority document legalized. This means that certified  priority documents will no longer be admissible in support of trademark applications. Therefore, the filing requirements for a new trademark application are as follows:   - A Power of attorney legalized up to Qatari ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 26th, 2014|News|

INTA’s 136th Annual Meeting

The International Trademark Association (INTA) will hold its 136th annual meeting in Hong Kong from May 10 to May 14, 2014. Representatives from Saba & Co. IP Offices will be attending the different functions of the conference and meeting with clients. In case you wish to meet with any of our representatives, please contact us ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 5th, 2014|News|

IP HIGHLIGHTS: Famous Marks

The most valuable and famous marks worldwide span the globe and a wide range of industries. Cream of the crop includes GOOGLE, MICROSOFT, COCA-COLA, COLGATE, NESTLE, MCDONALD’S, WALMART, IBM, VODAFONE, GE, APPLE, PEPSI and AT&T. These are extremely valuable assets that companies will go to surprisingly great lengths to protect. What makes these marks famous, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00May 2nd, 2014|News|

UAE: Amended Draft of the New Anti-Commercial Fraud Law

The UAE Federal National Council had recently approved the draft Anti-Commercial Fraud Law after introducing some amendments to the original version that was first submitted in early 2013. The said amendments address potential concerns expressed by brand owners regarding namely the re-exportation of counterfeit products. The previous version of the draft law included a strict ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00April 8th, 2014|News|

Kuwait: Trademark and Patent Office – New Premises

The Kuwaiti Trademark and Patent Office is currently moving to new premises. Consequently, the flow of work is expected to be interrupted. However, there is a clear affirmation from the relevant authorities that deadlines falling within this period will not be missed. Meanwhile, we will be handling all the instructions we receive from you with ...

2021-07-03T01:26:14+00:00March 27th, 2014|News|

Bahrain: Amendment of Copyright Law

The Bahraini authorities have issued Law no. 5 of 2014 amending some provisions of existing Copyrights Law no. 22 of 2006. The main features of the amended Law include the prohibition of all activities related to manufacturing, importing, exporting, buying, selling or distributing copyrighted items without the prior consent of the owners. According to the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00March 27th, 2014|News|

In Loving Memory of Hoda Serageldin – 1942 – 2014

It is with great sadness and sorrow that we announce the demise of Mrs. Hoda Serageldin who passed away on Monday March 17th, 2014. Mrs. Serageldin was the Managing Partner of Saba & Co. IP – Egypt until February 2012. She was also the co-founder of the Egyptian National Group of the AIPPI (International Association ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00March 25th, 2014|News|

Jordan: Border Protection Remains a Must!

The Jordanian Authorities ratified a draft law on Border Measures amending the Jordanian Customs Law. The draft law was forwarded to the competent authorities for further review and approval. In general, the draft law is expected to contain provisions on customs activities related to the protection of intellectual property in the field of import and ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00March 14th, 2014|News|

Bahrain: GCC Trademark Law Approved

The Bahraini government's decision approving the unified GCC Trademark Law has been published in the country's Official Gazette on February 27, 2014. The Law is expected to enter into force in the country six months after its implementing regulations are issued by the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee (made up of the Trade Ministers of the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00March 14th, 2014|News|

UAE: Amending Trademark Applications

Starting February 2014, the Trademark Office in the UAE will no longer accept requests to amend a pending application unless the changes are minor. In this case, the TMO will review the proposed amendments but there are no clear guidelines or actual directives on how these requests will be treated. Should you have any questions, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

Saudi Arabia: New Scale for Filing and Registration Numbers

The Saudi Trademark Office has introduced a new numbering method for trademark applications. Following the e-filing system which was introduced only a few months ago, applications are now allotted an e-number which will be taken as the filing number and will remain the same at the time of registration (i.e. registration number). The e-number basically ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

IP Highlights: Nice Classification

Businesses are going to surprisingly great lengths in order to protect their marks in the increasingly competitive Arab market. Certainly, brands owners should now be fully aware of all trademark issues specific to the Arab region. Heading this list would be the classification system in each country and the extent to which this classification is ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

Jordan: Amendments to the Patent Law

The Jordanian Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) has published on its website draft amendments to the Jordanian Patent Law No. 32 of 1999. These amendments aim to position the patent law in accordance with international patent-related treaties and agreements that Jordan plans to adhere or accede to. These will still have to be approved ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 27th, 2014|News|

Bahrain: Accession to the Apostille Convention

The Bahraini Authorities have recently announced the accession of Bahrain to the Apostille Convention (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents). The Convention entered into force in the country on December 31, 2013. Accordingly, Bahrain will start accepting Apostille legalization of documents related to trademarks, patents, industrial designs and all other ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 5th, 2014|News|

News from INTA

Conference in Dubai Sponsor of the INTA conference in Dubai, Saba & Co IP, represented by Ramzi Tarazi (General Manager), Hisham Zahr (Director of Operations), Shafic Eid (Business Development Manager) and Hady Khawand (Country manager of UAE Office), participated in the two-day conference on December 9 and 10, 2013. IP professionals and brand owners discussed ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00February 4th, 2014|News|

Iran: Amendment to IP Executive By-laws Addressing Examination of Patent Applications

On November 6, 2013 the Iranian Intellectual Property Office (IIPO) published an amendment to the article relating to patent examination of its Executive by-laws of the Law of Patents, Industrial Designs and Trademark Registration. In a recent article, we discussed certain changes at both the Algerian Patent Office and the IIPO (https://www.sabaip.com/NewsArtDetails.aspx?ID=1128). Both offices have ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00January 29th, 2014|News|

Qatar: Accession to the Budapest Treaty

On December 6, 2013, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. The Treaty will enter into force on March 6, 2014. This step is a further attestation of Qatar’s dedication to IP protection as well as its ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00January 29th, 2014|News|

IP HIGHLIGHTS: What Confectioners Need to Know about Trademark Protection in the MENA Region?

Confectionery businesses are now going to surprisingly great lengths in order to protect themselves in an increasingly competitive market, where the stakes have never been higher. Owners of global bands are keen to ensure no one has any form of advantage for fear of losing precious market share. Certainly, rights holders will continue to extend ...

2021-07-03T01:26:40+00:00January 27th, 2014|News|

Country Flash: IP Protection in Djibouti

With a small area of 23,200 km2, and a population of over 775,000 inhabitants, Djibouti lies in North Africa. It borders Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. It is mainly a desert. This small in size country is big in ambitions. It experienced a stable economic growth during the last few years. From 2003 to 2005, the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 31st, 2013|News|

IP Highlight: Protecting Arabic Transliteration of Trademarks

Over the past few years trademark protection in the Middle East has become more attractive to brand owners worldwide.  As demand for more comprehensive trademark protection goes up, it has become more and more important to consider issues of local language and culture when pondering trademark protection. As is customary with national trademark legislation, trademark ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 31st, 2013|News|

Syria: Renewal of Multi-Class Trademark Registrations

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision No. 2057 dated December 9, 2013, amending the bylaws of Trademark Law no. 8 of 2007, a separate renewal application should now be submitted for each class covered by a multi-class trademark registration (initially filed under the previous Law of 1946). In other words, a renewal application will generate separate renewal ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 31st, 2013|News|

Libya: Opposition Period Extended for Publications of June 22

The last issue of the Official Gazette dated June 22, 2013 was released only recently. In order to make up for the protracted delay in its publication, the Trademark Office (TMO) has exceptionally extended the opposition term against the trademarks published in this issue to January 30, 2014. According to the statutory provisions, the opposition ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 10th, 2013|News|

2013 in Playback

Protecting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the MENA region is a challenging, labor-intensive process, which requires special consideration and handling. However, with soaring growth, it is not a market that rights holders can afford to ignore. They must be fully aware of the IP framework and the most important developments that unfolded over the past year. ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 5th, 2013|News|

Jordan: New Pharmacy and Medicines Law

A new Pharmacy and Medicines Law  (Law No. 12 of 2013) was recently approved in Jordan. The most important features of this Law are as follows: Efficacy and safety: The drug shall meet the therapeutic requirements in order to be effective. It shall have its own characteristics that distinguish it from other drugs; otherwise it ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 5th, 2013|News|

Jordan: New Pharmacy and Medicines Law

A new Pharmacy and Medicines Law  (Law No. 12 of 2013) was recently approved in Jordan. The most important features of this Law are as follows: Efficacy and safety: The drug shall meet the therapeutic requirements in order to be effective. It shall have its own characteristics that distinguish it from other drugs; otherwise it ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 5th, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: How to Correctly Specify the Items in a Trademark Application?

According to a recent arrangement introduced by the Saudi Trademark Office, trademark applications will be accepted on formal grounds only if the goods/services claimed are as follows: a. identical to those in the 10th edition of the NICE Classification. b. class headings as per the 10th edition of the NICE classification c. a combination of (a) and (b)  Given that trademark applications ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 5th, 2013|News|

Morocco: New IP Law on the Way

The Intellectual Property Law No. 23-13, amending and completing Law No. 17-97 February 15, 2000, was approved in Morocco on September 12, 2013. The draft was forwarded to the competent authorities for ratification. This law is expected to be implemented early 2014. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do not ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00December 5th, 2013|News|

Gaza: Revision of Formalities

Effective immediately, the Trademark Office in Gaza is requesting notarized power of attorney for the filing of oppositions, instead of simply signed. The original POA notarized should be submitted at the time of filing and it is not possible to obtain an extension of time to file the opposition. Should you have any questions, or ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00November 18th, 2013|News|

IP Highlights – Recordal of Licenses in the MENA Region

This article sets forth basic information on the recordal of license agreements in the countries of the MENA region. Noticeably, the common practice and / or the implementing regulations of the trademark laws of some countries require the recordal of trademark licenses, but there are no relevant penalties for failure to record. The interpretation indicates ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00November 1st, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Commitment to Robust Patent Protection

Just as trademark filings and registrations have seen a remarkable rise in the Near East over the past ten to twenty years, we are witnessing a similar phenomenon with patent filings and registrations. This rise in filings is driven by the need for protection in these new emerging markets as well as an improved IP ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00November 1st, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Electronic Filing of Trademark Applications

Trademark applications can now be submitted electronically at the Saudi Trademark Office (STMO). This Electronic Application System (EAS) allows applicants to fill-out an on-line application form, check and review it for accuracy and precision, and then submit it directly over the Internet. All forms filed via EAS are time/date stamped when received on the STMO ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00October 11th, 2013|News|

Yemen: Publication Fees Revised

According to Ministerial Decision No. 100 of 2013 (cancelling Ministerial Decision No. 95/2013), most of the fees related to the publication of trademarks, patents and designs have increased in comparison with their current level. The new rates are applicable as of August 2013. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00September 26th, 2013|News|

GCC: Introducing a Cybercrime Law

As the ongoing cyber war continues to affect the Arab region, the GCC authorities issued last month a new Cybercrime Law.  The law is expected to address the rise in electronic crime which embraces such crimes as credit card frauds, internet crimes, cyber terrorism, creation and/or distribution of viruses, hacking, system interference, illegal access and ...

2021-07-03T01:26:41+00:00September 23rd, 2013|News|

Navigating the Challenges of Pharmaceutical Trademark Protection in the Arab World

The Arab pharmaceutical market is reportedly valued at over $ 20 billion and estimated to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of about 9% over the five year period from 2012-2016 . As a matter of fact, around 450 pharmaceutical manufacturers operate in the region. With the exception of Egypt, all Middle Eastern countries are high importers ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00August 20th, 2013|News|

Yemen: Official Weekend

According to Ministerial Decree No. 179 of 2013, the official weekend in Yemen has shifted from Thursday - Friday to Friday – Saturday. This will be applicable as of August 17, 2013. All deadlines falling on a Friday or a Saturday will move to the first working day following the due date. The same applies ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00August 2nd, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Accepting PCT Designation

Beginning August 3rd, 2013, any international patent application filed will automatically include the designation of Saudi Arabia, under its country code "SA". By way of background, on May 3rd, 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT. Also, because it will be bound by Chapter II of the PCT, it will automatically ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00August 2nd, 2013|News|

GCC: A Glance at the New Trademark Law

The Saudi government's decision approving the unified GCC Trademark Law has recently been published in the country's Official Gazette. The Law was ratified in Saudi Arabia in 2007 and is expected to enter into force in the country six months after its implementing regulations are issued by the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee (made up of ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 26th, 2013|News|

Kuwait: TMO Modifies Formalities

The Kuwaiti Trademark Office is now requesting for a declaration in support of requests for cancellation of a registered trademark by its owner. The declaration must be legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate, and should be submitted along with a power of attorney and the original certificate of registration for endorsement purposes. For further information, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 25th, 2013|News|

Tunisia: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Tunisia to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks on July 16, 2013. The agreement will enter into force in the country on October 16, 2013. By way of background, Tunisia ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 25th, 2013|News|

UAE: Anti-Counterfeiting Laws and Practice

The UAE has recently grown increasingly important as a consumer market, becoming a major hub for regional and global trade. With a developing economy comes the apparent increase both in the volume and types of counterfeit and infringing products trafficked in and through the country. It is difficult to estimate with any precision the extent ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 25th, 2013|News|

Iran: Accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Iran to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on July 4, 2013. The said Treaty will enter into force on October 4, 2013. The instrument of accession contains the declaration that, pursuant to Article 64(5) of the said ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 18th, 2013|News|

Egypt: Online Publication

The Egyptian Trademark Office has introduced an electronic Official Gazette (eOG).  The eOG is available only in Arabic and is expected to be published on the 7th day of each month. This electronic version usually contains the particulars of each accepted trademark application and a representative drawing, along with a list of cancelled and renewed registrations. It ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 16th, 2013|News|

Yemen: New Official Reports

By virtue of Ministerial Resolution no. 72 dated June 10, 2013, decisions of the Board of Grievances which usually hears and decides on adversary proceedings between two parties, including appeals of final refusals issued by the Trademark Office, will be authorized for publication in the country's Official Gazette. The publication notice will basically include the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 15th, 2013|News|

India: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of India to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks on April 8, 2013. The Madrid Protocol entered into force in the country on July 8, 2013. Should you have any questions, ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 12th, 2013|News|

Syria: Withdrawal from the Madrid Agreement

The Syrian Arab Republic has effectively withdrawn from the Madrid Agreement for the International Registration of Marks on June 29, 2013. Syria continues to be a party to the Madrid Protocol. Therefore, effective immediately, the following will apply: - International marks registered up to June 29, 2013, containing a designation of Syria, will continue to ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00July 12th, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Shift in the Official Weekend

Starting June 29, 2013, the official weekend in Saudi Arabia has shifted from Thursday - Friday to Friday - Saturday. All deadlines falling on a Friday or a Saturday will move to the first working day following the due date. The same applies to national holidays as well.  Should you have any questions, or require ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00June 24th, 2013|News|

GCC: Patent Registration

As is the case for the Middle East region in general, the Arabian gulf countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, referred to as the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), have updated, adapted and adopted many of the generally accepted laws pertaining to intellectual property. This extends to patents, including those related ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00June 21st, 2013|News|

Domain names .be

Starting 11 June 2013, it will be possible to register a .be domain name with one or more accented letters(Internationalized Domain Name). The main features of this IDN are as follows: - The IDN should include one normal alphabetletter at least. - Numbers and hyphens are not allowed. There will be no Sunrise period.The new ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00June 21st, 2013|News|

Morocco: Accession to International Conventions and Treaties

Morocco has recently approved the accession to the treaties and conventions listed below. The decision was published in Official Gazette no. 6140 dated April 04, 2013. -Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs dated July 02, 1999. - Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification dated March 24, 1971. ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00June 21st, 2013|News|

2013 Special 301 Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) released in May 2013 its annual “Special 301” Report on the effectiveness and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection. In this review, Algeria, remains the only Arab country on the Priority Watch List. Egypt, Kuwait and Lebanon are still on the Watch List despite the ...

2021-07-03T01:26:42+00:00June 18th, 2013|News|

Libya: Wheels in Motion

The Libyan Trademark Office issued an Official Gazette on May 20, 2013 including more than 125 marks, all approved for publication. It is worth noting that the last Gazette in the country was released almost 2 years ago, in 2011, prior to the civil war.  Although the recently published applications were filed back in 2008, ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00June 18th, 2013|News|

Comoros Island: Accession to OAPI

Comoros Island (CI) officially endorsed the Bangui Agreement which forms the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI). Effective May 25, 2013, the country will accede to the OAPI becoming its 17th Member State. Member States from the OAPI include:  Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville),  Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00June 3rd, 2013|News|

GCC: Patent Applications in 2013

According to recent studies, the total number of GCC patent applications which were filed at the Patent Office since inception up to May 2013 is reported to be around 24,000, with an increasing trend witnessed over the past three years.- Please click here to review the patents filed by the GCC Patent Office from 1998 ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00May 16th, 2013|News|

Oman: The Omani Intellectual Property Symposium

On the occasion of the world Intellectual Property Day on April 26, the Sultanate of Oman organized an “Intellectual Property Rights Symposium” which was held from April 27 till April 28 in Muscat. Saba & Co IP - Oman Office participated in this symposium by giving a presentation on infringement and piracy in which they ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00May 9th, 2013|News|

Oman: Shift in the Official Weekend

The official weekend in Oman has shifted from Thursday - Friday to Friday - Saturday. All deadlines which will fall due on a Friday or a Saturday can be paid on the first working day following the due date. The same applies to national holidays as well.  Interested parties should make note of this change. Should ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00May 9th, 2013|News|

Libya: Trademark Office Resumes Work

The Libyan Trademark Office officially re-opens starting May 2013, nearly two years after its services went interrupted as a result of the latest civil unrest in the country. The most important change which has taken place in the country following the recent events is related to the Libya-Switzerland relations. Specifically, Switzerland has recently established formal ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00May 4th, 2013|News|

World Intellectual Property Day

Every year, Saba & Co. IP celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. This year, the World IP Day theme is “Creativity: the Next Generation”. One of the main questions is the following “ What is the shape of things to come?”. This theme may be considered as a step closer in predicting ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00May 4th, 2013|News|

Kuwait: Design Applications Published

The Kuwaiti Patent Office is now publishing industrial designs in the Official Gazette for the first time in the country.  Applications are examined in the country as to form, local novelty, and industrial applicability. Examination is generally a systematic process whereby the Patent Office is expected to notify the applicant of any objections. The applicant ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 23rd, 2013|News|

India: Accession to the Madrid Protocol

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of India to the Protocol relating to the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks. The Madrid Protocol will enter into force in the country on July 8, 2013. Should you have any questions regarding the subject ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 9th, 2013|News|

INTA’s 135th Annual Meeting

The International Trademark Association (INTA) will hold its 135th annual meeting in Dallas, Texas from May 4 to May 8, 2013. Representatives from Saba & Co. IP Offices will be attending the different functions of the conference and meeting with clients. In case you wish to meet with any of our representatives, please contact us ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 8th, 2013|News|

Jordan: Renewals back to Normal

Renewal applications are no longer placed on hold at the Jordanian Trademark Office. All renewal requests for the month of February and March were kept on file in an attempt to clear the huge backlog of work at the Trademark Office. Now that operations are back to normal, applications that fall due for renewal during ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 4th, 2013|News|

Ethiopia: Protection Term of 7 Years

Significant developments have been taking place in Ethiopia following the issuance of the regulations implementing the Ethiopian Trademark Law of 2006. After introducing a re-registration time table for marks filed in the country before July 7, 2006, the Trademark Office is now requesting from all owners of marks filed after July 7, 2006 which have ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 3rd, 2013|News|

Libya: Trademark Office Resumes Work Soon

According to informed sources at the Libyan Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Trademark Office is expected to re-open nearly two years after its services were interrupted as a result of the latest civil unrest in the country. The Office is now ready to accept search requests and will begin admitting new trademark applications starting ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00April 2nd, 2013|News|

Ethiopia: Official Re-Registration Schedule Released

Pursuant to the recently introduced regulations implementing the Ethiopian Trademark Law of 2006,  new trademark applications must be submitted at the Trademark Office by no later than June 24, 2014 for all marks that were filed in the country before July 7, 2006. The Trademark Office has just released a schedule grouping the marks in ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00March 19th, 2013|News|

Azerbaijan: E-Filing Begins

The Azerbaijani Copyright Agency recently launched a new system to file copyright applications electronically, on its official website.The key advantage of this new system is that it allows applicants to complete an electronic application form along with the requirements, in a faster and more proactive manner. It also includes the following electronic services:· Integrated Circuits· Copyright· Related Rights· Databases ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00March 19th, 2013|News|

Oman: Industrial Design Applications Possible

The Omani Patent Office is now accepting design applications, by virtue of Industrial Property Law no. 67/2008. Even though examination of the required documents is being conducted, neither substantive nor formal examinations are being implemented yet. Publication and grant fees should be paid 12 months from the filing date and the Directorate issues the registration ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00March 19th, 2013|News|

Ethiopia: New Law Comes into Effect

The long-awaited regulations implementing the Ethiopian Trademark Law of 2006 were published on December 24, 2012. Significant work is underway to establish the official requirements and steps. The list below is related to the procedure that is expected to be adopted in Ethiopia following the introduction of the regulations. New trademark applications must be submitted ...

2021-07-03T01:27:29+00:00March 5th, 2013|News|

UAE:10th Edition Adopted

The UAE Trademark Office has recently shifted its trademark classification system from the 9th edition to the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services, which entered into force on January 1, 2012 and applies to new applications only. Following these changes, the country classification in our region is now as follows: ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 27th, 2013|News|

West Bank: License Agreement Recordal

It is now possible according to the new practice of the Trademark Office to record a license agreement in West Bank. This has been recently put into force and no regulations in the law regarding the matter have been implemented yet.The requirements to record a license agreement are as follows:- Copy of the license agreement, ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 25th, 2013|News|

Yemen: E-Filing Introduced

The Yemeni Ministry of Industry and Trade has recently launched a new system to file trademark applications electronically on the following website: www.yipo.gov.ye This new system allows applicants to complete an electronic application form along with the requirements, check and review it for accuracy and precision, and then submit it directly over the internet to ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 22nd, 2013|News|

Yemen: E-Filing Introduced

The Yemeni Ministry of Industry and Trade has recently launched a new system to file trademark applications electronically on the following website: www.yipo.gov.ye This new system allows applicants to complete an electronic application form along with the requirements, check and review it for accuracy and precision, and then submit it directly over the internet to ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 22nd, 2013|News|

Jordan: Renewal Applications on Hold

Renewal applications will be placed on hold at the Jordanian Trademark Office for one month starting February 20, 2013.  The renewal requests will stay on file, but will not be actively processed at this time. This procedure comes in an attempt to clear the huge backlog of work at the Trademark Office. The Office plans ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 20th, 2013|News|

Azerbaijan: Customs Recordal Available

The recordal of trademarks by rights owners is now possible at the Customs of Azerbaijan, in accordance with the newly released border regulations. After completing the recordal, the trademark will be placed on watch and products bearing this trademark or a similar mark will be monitored and inspected ex-officio. Products suspected of being counterfeit will ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 19th, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Limiting the Bolar Provision

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will no longer allow for generic drug companies to file for a marketing authorization (MA) before the last 24 months of the relevant patent protection term. Furthermore, the SFDA will not approve any generic drug MA unless the patent protection period has expired. It is incumbent upon the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 13th, 2013|News|

Egypt: From Sunrise to Landrush

Following the ICANN’s decision to allow Internationalized Domain Names in non-Latin Script, the Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has recently announced that the Landrush phase for registering a domain name in Arabic under (.misr) has started. The Sunrise phase ended on August 22, 2010. That phase was open only to Governmental Institutions, State ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 8th, 2013|News|

Qatar: Design Protection

Authorities have not yet established the necessary Office for receiving design applications nor have the implementing regulations been drafted, even though patent applications are now being filed in Qatar, pursuant to Law no. 30 of 2006. In September 2002, Law no.9 of 2002 came into force for the protection of trademarks, commercial indications, trade names, ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 7th, 2013|News|

UAE: Antitrust Law

The UAE Federal Government introduced a new Federal Antitrust Law no. 4 of 2012. The Law was published in the Official Gazette in December 2012 and will come into force in February 2013. There is a six months period after the law has been implemented for establishments to set their own regulations based on the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00February 5th, 2013|News|

UAE: From Similar to Identical

Effective immediately, the results of an official trademark search at the UAE Trademark Office will only reveal identical marks. Confusingly similar marks will not be covered in the report. Even though the scope of the search is now limited, this will remain the case until further notice. To help fill in this gap, an in-house ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 29th, 2013|News|

Jordan: An Anti-Counterfeiting Unit Established

An "Anti-Counterfeiting Verification and Notification Unit" was established by the Jordanian Standards and Metrology Organization. The main function of this new division is to monitor and inspect imported goods at the borders and in the market place. After inspection, photos of the product will be directly sent to the trademark owners or their legal representatives ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 26th, 2013|News|

Bahrain: Drugs are not What They Seem

In the intention of combating counterfeit drugs, the Bahraini International Health Regulations Committee is supervising and monitoring the import of all medicines and medical supplies, through inspectors and employees responsible for these products, as soon as the products reach the border. For your information, the goal and scope of the Committee are to enhance public ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 26th, 2013|News|

West Bank: Change in Official Trademark Fees

The new official fees for trademark matters in the West Bank will be applicable starting January 20, 2013. This implementation follows the Palestinian National Authority’s revision of the official fees schedule dated August 28, 2012, in connection with trademarks. Fees related to the filing of oppositions and counter-statements have increased substantially in comparison with their ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 23rd, 2013|News|

Syria: Online Search Possible

Search for published or granted patents in Syria is now possible online, noting that it can only be performed in Arabic. The search can be conducted by using multiple fields such as claimed priority, applicant, inventor and international classification. The result of the search will disclose two fields: The inventor's name and the title of ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 23rd, 2013|News|

Qatar: Company Law Drafted

The Ministry of Business and Trade in Qatar completed a new draft company law, to facilitate the process of founding commercial establishments and update the current legislation. This law is said to “meet the requirements” of the social, political and economic changes associated to Qatar National Vision 2030, keeping score with business developments. It is ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 22nd, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: Seizure on Counterfeit Medical Devices

The Customs Authorities raided and destroyed more than 100 million medical devices, coming from many places and for different reasons such as unregulated temperature and lack of storage among other factors.It is worth noting that more than 1500 companies and local enterprises are in the business so far and this specific market is worth more ...

2021-07-03T01:27:30+00:00January 22nd, 2013|News|

Saudi Arabia: 10th Edition Adopted

According to Ministerial Resolution no. 1147, dated October 16, 2012, the Saudi Trademark Office shifted its trademark classification system from the 9th edition to the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services, which entered into force on January 1, 2012. This decision became effective on November 23, 2012 and applies to ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 19th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: An Increase in Official Publication Fees

The Saudi government recently increased the official publication fees, while all other fees remain the same. This revision is due to the fact that publication will now take place electronically. All applications will be published on the Ministry of Commerce website and not in the Official Gazette “Umm Al Qura” anymore. By virtue of the Ministerial Decree no. ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 19th, 2012|News|

Iran: A Shift to Electronic

The Iranian Industrial Property Office (IIPO) has recently launched a new system to file trademark, patent and industrial design applications electronically.This new system allows applicants to fill out an electronic application form, check and review it for accuracy and precision, and then submit it directly over the internet to the Intellectual Property Office.However,  for the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 18th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Counterstrike on Counterfeit Spare Car Parts

A Laboratory for the Inspection and Sample Testing of Electronic Appliances and Spare Car Parts in the Middle East has recently been established in Saudi Arabia. It focuses on monitoring the quality of brake fabrics and oil filters for cars as well as electrical home appliances, computers, audio equipment, lighting and communication devices.Studies show that ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 18th, 2012|News|

Morocco: Infringement and Revocation Action

The Tribunal of Commerce of Casablanca had rendered a favorable judgment on behalf of Societe des Produits Nestle, owner of the trademark “MAXIBON”, against Generale Industrielle des Produits Alimentaires GIPA for registering trademark “MAXIBON.”The Court found that GIPA had committed an act of infringement and ruled in favor of Nestle ordering the defendants to:1. Cancel ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 18th, 2012|News|

Iraq: New Filing Requirements

Effective immediately, a copy of a notarized power of attorney must be submitted at the Trademark Office at the time of filing. A duly legalized power of attorney should then be filed within six months from filing date.For your information, a simple copy of the priority document must also be submitted at the Patent Office ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 18th, 2012|News|

Trademark Developments 2012

Bahrain: The Consumer is Protected! A Consumer Protection Law (Law No. 35 of 2012) was issued in Bahrain and entered into force on August 3, 2012. The Consumers Protection Law includes provisions on the rights of consumers. Its main objective is to protect the consumer’s health and ensure that quality control is efficient in the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 7th, 2012|News|

Patent and Design Developments 2012

Bahrain Accession to Budapest Treaty The Kingdom of Bahrain deposited the instrument of accession to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure on August 20, 2012. This Treaty entered into force on November 20, 2012. The Budapest Treaty has a total of 75 contracting ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 7th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Better Arbitration, Faster Pace

Effective July 8, 2012, Saudi Arabia implemented a new arbitration law no.156 of 2012, replacing the 1983 law and including 58 articles.This is a big step forward for Saudi Arabia in integrating the modernized arbitration system in the Gulf region. The purpose of the law is to achieve conflict resolution in the most cost efficient ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00December 7th, 2012|News|

Libya: Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions have been raised on trademark registration processes and current developments regarding this subject. Below are answers to these two subjects along with the required phases for the registration of a trademark.What important structural developments have taken place following the recent events in Libya?                     The Libyan ...

2012-10-31T00:00:00+00:00October 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|

Bahrain: The ABCs of Intellectual Property

Awareness is being created. Education in Bahrain is integrating Intellectual Property into its curriculum, by introducing it to intermediate school students, through campaigns and forums which focus on individual and corporate Intellectual Property.  These campaigns and forums are meant to target university students as well, in hopes of spreading constant awareness on the importance of the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00October 31st, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Counterstrike on Counterfeit Products

The Customs Authority  raided a large amount of stores this year. The quantity of counterfeits in Saudi Arabia drastically increased during the second quarter of 2012, reaching an average of 18.2 million pieces.The quantity that was discovered and raided, in contrast, portrays the success of plans and joint efforts exerted by the Commercial Anti-Fraud Department ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00October 31st, 2012|News|

Algeria: Recordal Through Customs

The recordal of trademarks by rights owners is possible at the Algerian Customs, effectively helping Customs in stopping counterfeit goods.The documents required in support of the recordation are as follows:1- Power of attorney signed under the company’s seal or letterhead and duly legalized before the Algerian Consulate.2- Letter of commitment in French signed under the ...

2021-07-03T01:27:31+00:00October 31st, 2012|News|

West Bank: An Increase in Official Fees

On August 28, 2012, the Palestinian National Authority revised the official fees schedule in connection with the registration of trademarks.The implementation of the new schedule will begin after its publication in the official gazette.Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 31st, 2012|News|

UAE: In Hopes of Cyber Peace

As the ongoing cyber war continues to affect the Arab region, the authorities in UAE issued on August 13, 2012, Decree no. 3 of 2012. This Decree addresses the rise in electronic crime in the country which embraces such crimes as internet crimes, cyber terrorism, creation and/or distribution of viruses, hacking, system interference, illegal access ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 31st, 2012|News|

Saba IP: Participation in the AIPPI

Saba representatives will be attending the AIPPI Congress, in Seoul Korea, from October 20 till October 23 2012. In case you will be attending the AIPPI Congress, we would like to take the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa region and to answer any ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 15th, 2012|News|

Morocco: Three Changes in Regulations

According to Ministerial Resolution no. 06/2012 dated June 21, 2012, the official fees for trademark, design and patent related matters were revised in Morocco, effective October 1, 2012. Fees have substantially increased in comparison with their current level. The new schedule of fees is applicable on all new applications as well as applications that have ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 10th, 2012|News|

Trademarks: How to Protect and Use Them in Our Region

The article below provides general information on the trademark protection system in the countries of our region. It gives an overview on the use of trademarks in our part of the world in addition to the legal system that governs the trademark protection.In principle, countries of our part of the world are civil law countries, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 1st, 2012|News|

Yemen: No to Counterfeit Drugs

The Court of First Instance in Yemen ruled in favor of the German Company Bayer AG,  owner of trademark “ASPIRIN”, against the Royal Pharma Company for distributing and selling infringing ASPIRIN products in the Yemeni market. The Court found that the use of trademark ASPIRIN presents an imitation of the well-known trademark “ASPIRIN”, causing damages ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00October 1st, 2012|News|

Bahrain: The Consumer is Protected

A new Consumer Protection Law (Law No. 35 of 2012) was recently issued in Bahrain. The Law entered into force on August 3, 2012. The Consumers Protection Law includes provisions on the rights of consumers. Its main objective is to protect the consumer’s health and ensure that quality control is efficient in the country. It ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00September 25th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Consumer Protection Agreement on the Way

The Saudi Customs Authority and the local Consumer Protection Group have signed on a cooperation agreement aiming at combating commercial counterfeiting, protecting intellectual property rights and boosting the national economy. This cooperation agreement hinders the entrance of fake products to the Saudi market. The agreement was centered on the importance of IP protection, as well as ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00September 20th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Code of Ethics for Pharmaceuticals

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) introduced a new code of ethics for the marketing of pharmaceutical products. This new code aims at making all pharmaceutical practices subject to ethical and moral values. All pharmaceutical entities are required to abide by this code entirely in order to create an environment of fair competition between pharmaceutical ...

2021-07-03T01:28:19+00:00September 20th, 2012|News|

Lebanon: 10th Edition Adopted

The Lebanese Trademark Office has recently shifted its trademark classification system from the 9th edition to the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services, which entered into force on January 1, 2012. Should you have any specific inquiries regarding the subject matter, please contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00September 13th, 2012|News|

Bahrain: Accession to Budapest Treaty

The Kingdom of Bahrain deposited the instrument of accession to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure on August 20, 2012. This treaty will enter into force in Bahrain on November 20, 2012. By way of background, the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00September 13th, 2012|News|

Libya: One Big Step – A Good Sign for the Future

For the first time since 1977, the Libyan Trademark Office has started issuing trademark certificates of registration. The first batch included trademarks filed by our associates. This development is an explicit recognition by the authorities in Libya of the growing importance of trademark protection. This means that the registration certificates of all pending trademark applications ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 28th, 2012|News|

WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

The WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances which was concluded on June 26, 2012 will enter into force once it becomes ratified by its 30 member states. This treaty aims mainly at strengthening the economic rights of actors and other performers. It also provides producers with broad protection of their intellectual property rights against any ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 10th, 2012|News|

World Cup 2014 Law is Published

The FIFA World Cup Law for the 2014 event in Brazil has recently been issued. It entered into force on June 6, 2012. This new Law includes provisions on the protection of industrial and intellectual property rights in the world cup events. The new Law promotes the protection of the FIFA official symbols and emblems. ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 10th, 2012|News|

Qatar: New UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

The Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) declared that a new set of arbitration rules has been adopted as of May 1, 2012. By way of background, the new UNCITRAL arbitration rules are set by the UN General Assembly as revised in 2010. Furthermore, QICCA is considered the only arbitration center in the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 10th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Arab Cybercrime Agreement Approved

The new Arab Cybercrime Agreement (no. 126 of 2012) was recently approved in Saudi Arabia. This agreement will mainly address the rise in electronic crime which embraces such crimes as credit card frauds, internet crimes, cyber terrorism, creation and/or distribution of viruses, hacking, system interference, illegal access and interception, and so on. It aims as ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 10th, 2012|News|

Djibouti: New Patents and Industrial Designs Regulations

The regulations implementing Industrial Property Rights Law no. 50/AN/09/6ème L (issued on April 27, 2009) came into force in Djibouti on November 25, 2011 by virtue of Official Decree no. 2011-079. The main features of the new Law are as follows: Patents Filing Requirements 1- Power of attorney, simply signed.2- Deed of assignment from the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 7th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Member of PCT Expected Soon

The government of Saudi Arabia announced back in 2009 its approval of the country's accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. It is now expected that the Saudi authorities deposit their instrument of accession to the PCT at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) by the end of this year. By way of background, the countries ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 7th, 2012|News|

Iraq: Request for Comments on the Draft Trademark Law

The Iraqi authorities are currently seeking views of IP experts and lawmakers on the newly drafted Trademarks and Geographical Indications Law in the country. The proposed draft was published among IP professionals and is being discussed so that a general opinion including all the relevant details may be formed. This helps the Iraqi authorities ensure ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00August 6th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Arabic Language on Billboards

In Saudi Arabia, trademarks must appear in Arabic on all signboards. The mark in Latin may also be displayed but Arabic is a requirement. This means that it would be recommended to have the marks in class 35 registered in the country in the local character script. Applicants for the registration of a trademark must ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2012|News|

Yemen: One Number for a Trademark

Pursuant to the new regulations implementing Trademark Law no. 23 of 2010 in Yemen (issued on July 27, 2011), the registration number will remain the same as the filing number once an application matures to registration. This is now applicable in the country for all trademarks filed as of October 1, 2011.The other salient features ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2012|News|

Yemen: First Letters Patent Granted to Saba

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 ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2012|News|

Sudan: Simplified Formalities

The Trademark Office has recently dropped the legalization requirement for powers of attorney submitted in support of trademark applications. The only authentication requirement will be a valid attestation by a Notary Public.Also, applicants will be required to submit a statutory declaration, simply signed, within 2 months from the end of the opposition period. This declaration ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2012|News|

GTLD Applications Published

On June 13, 2012, the ICANN published a list of new applied-for gTLDs.  The applications will now be subject to a 60-day public comment period and a 7-month formal objection period. ICANN will start evaluating these applications in batches. Third parties are entitled to raise a “legal rights objection” to any submitted application during the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00June 25th, 2012|News|

Oman: Workshop on Effective IP Asset Management

The Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the WIPO have recently organized a workshop on “Effective Intellectual Property Asset Management” by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The workshop aims at supporting SMEs and sheds the light on the role of IP rights in these companies which would eventually contribute to the growth ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00June 21st, 2012|News|

Syria: Withdrawal from the Madrid Agreement

Based on Presidential Decree No. 179, Articles 1 and 2, the Syrian Authorities announced the withdrawal of Syria from the Madrid Agreement for the international registration of marks. Syria will remain a member of the Madrid Protocol (date of accession August 5, 2004). The subject Ministerial Decree was  issued and signed on May 27, 2012 ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00June 21st, 2012|News|

Jordan: Seizure of Counterfeit Drugs

The Jordanian authorities have recently seized large quantities of counterfeit drugs, used for the treatment of physical and psychological diseases. A criminal case against the perpetrators was initiated by the Public Prosecution. Drug counterfeiting is a great threat to public health. It could easily get into any legitimate drug supply chain and for this reason, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00June 14th, 2012|News|

Syria: New Implementing Regulations Out

The regulations implementing the new Law on Patents, Utility Models, Integrated Circuits and Layouts (Law no. 18 of 2012) have recently been drafted. For your information, the most important features of these regulations are as follows: Previous Regulations New Regulations Examination is possible as to form and novelty. Examination is possible as to novelty, inventive ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00June 12th, 2012|News|

Turkey: Customs Recordal Possible

The recordal of trademarks is possible at the Turkish Customs. As such, trademarks will be placed on watch, and products bearing the recorded mark or bearing a similar mark will be monitored and inspected ex-officio. Products suspected of being counterfeit will be suspended and the rights owner as well as the importer will be immediately ...

2021-07-03T01:28:20+00:00May 31st, 2012|News|

Bahrain: Authorities on the Lookout

The Bahraini Customs Authorities seized a significant volume of counterfeits with an estimated market value of USD 300 000. The confiscated goods included a range of items (drugs, cosmetics, cigarettes and car brakes) which undoubtedly threaten the safety of the consumers. This measure comes in the scope of the government’s growing efforts to protect intellectual ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 30th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: A Review of the Patent Protection System

Saudi Arabia is the largest and richest of the Gulf States. Its wealth derives mainly from its vast reserves of oil and natural gas, which places the country as the largest exporter of petroleum and give it a leading role in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It possesses about one-fifth of the world's ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 30th, 2012|News|

Qatar: Industrial Property Office Is Relocating

The Industrial Property Office in Qatar is now moving to new premises. As a result of this move, the flow of work is expected to be interrupted. However, there is a clear affirmation from the relevant authorities that deadlines falling within this period will not be missed. Meanwhile, we will be handling all the instructions ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 28th, 2012|News|

UAE: TMO Operations Back to Normal

The Trademark Office in UAE has completed its setup in order to accommodate the WIPO Industrial Property Automation System (IPAS), an adaptable system which is used to automate all IP services. The installation of the system resulted during the past few months, in notable interruptions in the office’s flow of work. However, the UAE Trademark ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 22nd, 2012|News|

Iran: Revision of Formalities

The Trademark Office in Iran announced that, effective immediately, a certified copy of the commercial extract must be submitted in support of the trademark applications in the country. The statutory requirements for filing a trademark application in Iran along with the authentication procedures are as follows: 1- Power of attorney, legalized. A general power may be ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 22nd, 2012|News|

Oman: Adopting 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Omani Trademark Office has recently announced that the country is now adopting the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services which entered into force on January 1, 2012. The goods or services of all valid registrations must be reclassified (if required) at the time of renewal. By way of background, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 22nd, 2012|News|

Oman: Formal Examination Begins

The Omani Patent Office has recently started formal examination of all pending patent applications. All applicants are required to bring their files in line with the new formalities which were introduced on February 2010. This procedure comes as a preliminary step for substantive examination which is expected to begin soon. For your information, the filing ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 14th, 2012|News|

Tunisia: Accession to the Hague Agreement Soon

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Tunisia to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs on March 13, 2012. The said Treaty will enter into force in the country on June 13, 2012. The Hague Agreement currently has a total ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 9th, 2012|News|

Tunisia: The Sunrise Phase is Approaching

Now that the Sunrise Phase of Arabic domain names in Tunisia is approaching (June 1st to September 28th, 2012), we would like to emphasize on the fact that domain name requests should only be based on trademarks registered / filed in Tunisia in Arabic. In light of this, we believe that the next course of action ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 8th, 2012|News|

UAE: Recordal in Abu Dhabi Soon

Recordal of trademarks is expected to be implemented in the Abu Dhabi Emirate very soon. The filing requirements for the recordal and the recordal period have not been announced yet. Customs recordal in UAE is now available in three Emirates only out of seven: Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. The recordal in the three ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 7th, 2012|News|

Libya: Trademark Office Still Closed

Although the situation in Libya has settled, the Trademark Office is still not operational yet. Meanwhile, in order to ensure an uninterrupted service, please continue to send all your instructions and queries to libya@sabaip.com. We will be docketing all the instructions we receive from you, preparing all the required forms and diarizing all approaching deadlines ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 7th, 2012|News|

Jordan: Class Headings No Longer Acceptable

Pursuant to an official notification issued by the Trademark Office on April 11, 2012, claiming class headings is no longer acceptable. Applicants will no longer be able to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods / services. In other words, the actual language of the goods or services specified in ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 3rd, 2012|News|

UAE: Shifting to an Electronic System

The Trademark Office in the UAE has recently adopted the WIPO Industrial Property Automation System (IPAS). By way of background, the IPAS is an adaptable system that can be adjusted to individual Trademark and Patent Offices to automate all their intellectual property services (trademarks, patents, industrial designs…). This system can be adapted to the size ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00May 2nd, 2012|News|

GCC Filings in 2011

The total number of GCC patent applications filed at the Patent Office since inception up to December 2011 is reported to be 2656. The total number of GCC patent applications granted at the Patent Office up to December 2011 is reported to be 711. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 23rd, 2012|News|

April 26, 2012: World IP Day

Every year, Saba & Co IP celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. This year, the World’s IP Day theme is about visionary innovators who have added to the knowledge of humanity and who came up with inventions that have enriched the human capital. We honor the unlimited list of visionary innovators and ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 23rd, 2012|News|

Bahrain: New Trade Name Law Issued

The new Trade Name Law (Law no. 18 of 2012) has been recently issued in Bahrain. This Law was drafted back in February 2011. The salient features of Law no. 18 of 2012 are as follows: - The new trade name shall be new and innovative.- The new trade name shall not be identical or similar to ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 12th, 2012|News|

Yemen: Workshop on the Trademark Registration Process

On March 20, 2012, the General Administration of the Protection of Intellectual Property in cooperation with Saba & Co. IP – Yemen Office organized a workshop on the trademark registration process in the country and how to improve it. It is worth mentioning here that the General Administration of the Protection of IP aims at ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 11th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: Automating the Patent Filing System

The Patent Office in Saudi Arabia has recently launched a new system to file patent applications electronically. On-line applications will be acceptable as of March 28, 2012. This new system allows applicants to fill out an electronic application form, check and review it for accuracy and precision, and then submit it directly over the internet ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 3rd, 2012|News|

Syria: New Patent Law Approved

The new patent law in Syria (Law no. 18 of 2012) was issued on March 30, 2012 and will enter into force within 60 days from its issuance date. The implementing regulations of this Law are not available yet.  It is however, expected to take a long time for the regulations to be issued. The ...

2021-07-03T01:28:21+00:00April 3rd, 2012|News|

Afghanistan: Restructuring of the Trademark Office

The Trademark Office in Afghanistan is currently reorganizing its operational structure for the purpose of making it better equipped for its present needs. As a result, the work of the Trademark Office has been interrupted which means that no trademark applications will be processed for the time being. It is still not known when the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:22+00:00March 29th, 2012|News|

INTA’s 134th Annual Meeting

The International Trademark Association (INTA) will hold its 134th annual meeting in Washington DC, from May 5 till May 9, 2012. Representatives from Saba & Co. IP Offices will be attending the different functions of the conference and meeting with clients. In case you wish to meet with any of our representatives, please contact us ...

2021-07-03T01:28:22+00:00March 24th, 2012|News|

Qatar: Advertising Law is Born

A new Advertising Law (Law no. 1 of 2012) was issued on March 19, 2012 in Qatar. The Law will only be effective once the implementing regulations are issued. The salient features of the new law are as follows: - Arabic shall be the main language used on billboards. Other languages may be used along with Arabic ...

2021-07-03T01:28:51+00:00March 21st, 2012|News|

Tunisia: Launching of Arabic Domain Names

The Telecommunications National Authority (INT) in Tunisia announced the launch of the Naming Charter of the Arabic domain name ”تونس." pursuant to Decision No. 12/2012. Arabic domain names were officially launched on March 1, 2012. The registration will consist of two phases: - Sunrise Period:Sunrise Phase 1: (March 1st to May 31st, 2012) is open ...

2021-07-03T01:28:51+00:00March 19th, 2012|News|

UAE: Seventh Gulf Consumer Protection Day

Saba & Co. IP – UAE Team have attended the Seventh Gulf Consumer Protection Day organized by the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SED) on March 7, 2012. The event started with a short video detailing the achievements of the SED during the past year. Mr. Hady Khawand, the country manager of UAE Office along with ...

2021-07-03T01:28:51+00:00March 14th, 2012|News|

Yemen: Active Anti-Counterfeiting Border Measures

More than 20 000 fake batteries and around 7200 packs of fake creams were recently confiscated and destroyed in Yemen during two large-scale raids conducted by the Customs Authorities in cooperation with Saba & Co IP – Yemen Office. The confiscation and destruction of the fake products aim at encouraging the protection of IP rights ...

2021-07-03T01:28:51+00:00March 14th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: The Customs Bans 138,000 Tires

The Saudi Customs have recently banned the entrance of 138 000 tires to Saudi Arabia. The tires appeared not to have met the international standards which threaten the safety of the consumers. All products arriving at the customs are subject to examination in order to check their quality and make sure that no counterfeit products ...

2021-07-03T01:28:51+00:00March 13th, 2012|News|

Iraq: Thursdays at the Iraqi Trademark Office

The Trademark Registry in Iraq has appointed Thursday of every week for internal work only in order to review and examine the files and applications. In other words, the Trademark Office does not accept any applications or queries on Thursdays. Accordingly, all deadlines falling on a Thursday will be automatically extended to the next working ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00March 13th, 2012|News|

Qatar: Another GCC Country with PCT Membership

The Qatari Patent Office started accepting both local and national phase PCT applications for the first time in the country in August 2012. This is an explicit recognition by the authorities in Qatar of the growing importance of patent protection in the country. The patent framework in Qatar has been idle for a long time ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00March 12th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: First Copyright Infringement Verdict Issued

The first verdict on copyright infringement was issued in Saudi Arabia against a store which was breaching the Copyrights Law in the country. The store’s owner was sentenced to 10 days in jail after having copied and sold counterfeit DVDs. The imprisonment period may be subject to extension in the event that the infringer kept ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00March 12th, 2012|News|

Bahrain: Accession to the Budapest Treaty Soon

The Kingdom of Bahrain approved the country’s accession to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. A new Law (Law No. 4 of 2012) was issued in this regard on February 6, 2012. This means that the authorities in Bahrain are now required to ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00March 7th, 2012|News|

UAE: Active Anti-Counterfeiting Services

In recognition of Saba & Co. IP efforts in combating counterfeit products, the Economic Development Department in the Government of Sharjah (SDED) gave an award to Saba & Co IP during an award ceremony that took place on January 11, 2012. The latest raids conducted by the SDED in coordination with Saba & Co. IP ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00February 28th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia and the GCC: The 2012 Annuity Fees

The 2012 annuity fees on pending and granted patents filed as a Saudi national application in Saudi Arabia or under the unified GCC patent system are payable starting January 1 until March 30, 2012. There is a 3-month grace period ending on June 30, 2012 for late payment with a surcharge. Should you have any ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00February 28th, 2012|News|

Saudi Arabia: More than 15,000 Pirated Products Destroyed

More than 15 000 pirated shoes for women were recently confiscated by the Customs Authorities in Saudi Arabia. The counterfeit products bear well-known trademarks, breaching thus the enforceable Trademarks Law of the country. The perpetrators are subject to strict applications of penalties in order to provide protection for intellectual property rights. By way of background, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00February 14th, 2012|News|

Oman: Accession to the Apostille Convention

Pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 47/2009, the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the accession of Oman to the Apostille Convention (Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents). The Convention will be effective in the country as of January 30, 2012. Accordingly, Oman will start accepting Apostille legalization of documents ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 30th, 2012|News|

Qatar: Trademarks Customs Recordal Soon

Pursuant to the provisions of Article 7 of the new Law on Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures (Law No. 17 of 2011) which came into force in Qatar, in January 2011, trademarks customs recordal will soon be implemented. Article 7 of the new Law stipulates the following: Article (7): “The right holder may submit an ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 27th, 2012|News|

Yemen: Weekend Shift

The official weekend in Yemen is expected to shift from Thursday - Friday to Friday - Saturday. In this context, it is worth noting that all renewal fees which will fall due on a Friday or a Saturday can be paid on the first working day following the due date. The same applies to national ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 24th, 2012|News|

Nice Classification: 10th Edition

As of January 1st 2012, the 10th edition of the Nice International Classification for Goods and Services entered into force. It is worth mentioning that the Trademark Offices of Algeria, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia have now adopted the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification and are now ready ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 19th, 2012|News|

Qatar: New Law on IPR Border Measures

A new Law on Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures (Law No. 17 of 2011) has been introduced in Qatar. The new Law came into force in the country upon its publication in the Official Gazette No. 12 of January 11, 2012. The salient features of Law No. 17 of 2011 are listed below. - The Customs ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 17th, 2012|News|

Qatar: The Only Country to Mark a Day for Sports

On the second Tuesday of February every year, Qatar will be celebrating a “National Sports Day” which makes Qatar probably the only country to make a national day for sports. This plan encourages the public as well as the private sector to organize sports activities. This move sheds the light on the importance of Sports ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 17th, 2012|News|

Qatar: The Only Country to Mark a Day for Sports

On the second Tuesday of February every year, Qatar will be celebrating a “National Sports Day” which makes Qatar probably the only country to make a national day for sports. This plan encourages the public as well as the private sector to organize sports activities. This move sheds the light on the importance of Sports ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 17th, 2012|News|

South Sudan: How are IP Rights enforced?

Following the separation of South Sudan, the Transitional Constitution of the country is now in place. The Constitution states that “all current Laws of South Sudan shall remain in force and all current institutions shall continue to perform their functions and duties, unless new actions are taken in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution”. ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 14th, 2012|News|

ICANN: Plan to Increase Internet Domain Name Endings

The Board of Directors at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a plan to increase internet domain name endings. By way of background, there are currently 22 domain name endings (such as .org; .net; .com) and around 250 country code endings. The new program will significantly expand Top-Level Domains (TLDs) ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00January 13th, 2012|News|

Libya: New Official Name

After the long period of unrest that the "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" (Libya) witnessed, a number of changes occurred. One of the most important adjustments worth mentioning would be the change of the country's official name from "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" to the more commonly known name (now official) "Libya”. However, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00December 16th, 2011|News|

UAE: General Availability Phase

The General Availability phase for Arabic domain name registrations has begun in the UAE on November 13, 2011. It is the fourth phase of the registration process and it follows the Landrush phase during which auctioning may be possible in the event that more than one applicant applied for the same domain name. It is ...

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00November 29th, 2011|News|

Oman: Arabic Domain Names Soon

Arabic domain names are expected to be launched soon in Oman. No specific date has been set yet and no official notification has been issued in this regard. We will keep you updated with any further developments. Should you have any questions regarding the subject matter, please contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:28:52+00:00November 28th, 2011|News|

Turkey: Revised Practice Regarding the Registrability of Trademarks for Retail Services

The practice of the Turkish Patent Institute (TPI) regarding the registrability of trademarks for retails as a service has recently been reviewed in particular with regards to the specification of the type of retail concerned. Previously, class 35 was generally described as “services of bringing together a variety of goods, enabling customers to conveniently view ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00November 9th, 2011|News|

Pakistan: Launching of Digital Journal of Trademarks

On October 20, 2011, the Trademark Office launched an on-line Journal of Trademarks. This means that all trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are now published or accessible to the public via the Intellectual Property Office website. This on-line Journal is an opportunity for third parties to oppose against a prospective mark.  Oppositions may be ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00November 9th, 2011|News|

Iraq: Missing Files at the Trademark Office

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 ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00November 9th, 2011|News|

Morocco: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) represented by its Director together with the Ambassador of Morocco in Japan signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo on October 1, 2011. It is worth noting that the signing ceremony also included the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00October 22nd, 2011|News|

Yemen: New Industrial Designs Implementing Regulations

The implementing regulations related to Industrial Designs Law No. 28 of 2010 in Yemen have been issued according to Ministerial Decision No. 212 of 2011 dated October 3, 2011. The main features of this Law include the following points: - A relative novelty bar exists. More specifically, disclosure of the invention without the knowledge or ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00October 10th, 2011|News|

Yemen: New Trademarks Implementing Regulations

The implementing regulations of Trademark Law no. 23 of 2010 in Yemen were issued on July 27, 2011, according to Ministerial Decision No. 213 of 2011. The new salient features of these regulations include: 1. The 8th edition of the Nice classification is adopted with no local sub-classification. 2. The Registrar is expected to complete ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00October 8th, 2011|News|

Yemen: New Trademarks Implementing Regulations

The implementing regulations of Trademark Law no. 23 of 2010 in Yemen were issued on July 27, 2011, according to Ministerial Decision No. 213 of 2011. The new salient features of these regulations include: 1. The 8th edition of the Nice classification is adopted with no local sub-classification. 2. The Registrar is expected to complete ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00October 8th, 2011|News|

In Loving Memory of IBRAHIM TARAZI

In Memoriam It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the death of Ibrahim Tarazi who passed away on September 14, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Tarazi died in hospital in his birthplace of Homs in Syria surrounded by his wife and children. Ibrahim Tarazi served the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 24th, 2011|News|

USTR: Special 301 Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) has issued its annual Special 301 Report on the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The Report includes policies that address the issues of IPR enforcement and the challenges of copyright piracy over the internet. In the 2011 review, a new initiative was announced inviting ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 24th, 2011|News|

Yemen: Increase in Official Fees

The official fees for all trademark-related matters in Yemen are expected to increase substantially  in comparison with their current level very soon. This comes in accordance with the implementing regulations of Trademark Law no. 23 of 2010 in Yemen which were issued on July 27, 2011. In addition, the 8th edition of the Nice classification ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 19th, 2011|News|

Saudi Arabia: Number One in Combatting Illicit Trade

The Customs Authority of Saudi Arabia ranked first among the member states of the World Customs Organization in reducing the levels of counterfeit auto spare parts in the country. Also, Saudi Arabia was positioned among the top 10 countries in the world in the number of counterfeit computer appliances and mobile phones that were confiscated ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 13th, 2011|News|

Tunisia: Did Tunisia accede to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement and to the Madrid Protocol?

The Tunisian Government has recently approved the accession of Tunisia to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement for the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Resolution no.77, dated August 11, 2011) and the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Trademarks (Resolution no. 78, dated August 11, 2011). However, the Government has not yet submitted ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 13th, 2011|News|

India: Guidelines to Register Geographical Indications

The Indian Government published on July 27, 2011a draft manual on the registration of Geographical Indications (GIs). The purpose of this manual is to provide applicants with clear guidelines on the registration of GIs in the country in order to ensure that the GI system evolves in a consistent manner. The manual includes the required ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00September 7th, 2011|News|

Bahrain: Patent Formalities

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has recently issued Decision no. 115 of 2011 on the formalities for granting patents in Bahrain. This Ministerial Decision is comprised of six articles that mainly include general conditions for applicants  as well as filing the requirements in support of a patent application. Below are the main features of ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00August 29th, 2011|News|

Qatar: Draft Privacy Law

ictQatar is now working with stakeholders to develop a legal framework to protect the privacy of personal information, which is critical to the healthy development of Qatar’s ICT sector. This framework, targeted for completion by the end of 2011, will set the minimum level of privacy protection required for all sectors, including finance, education, health, ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00August 17th, 2011|News|

Qatar: Auto Spare Parts Under Control

The Qatari government is currently working on a new anti-counterfeiting strategy in order to curb the level of “IP crime” in the country. This new strategy includes strict regulations on importing and selling auto spare parts in the marketplace. Once this plan comes into force, dealers will not be able to import auto spare parts ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00August 17th, 2011|News|

Qatar: How are National Phase Applications Handled?

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) entered into force in Qatar on August 3, 2011. Even though this means that any “international” patent application can now include the designation of Qatar, it will not be possible to enter into the national phase in the country for the time being. In fact, filing patent applications in Qatar ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00August 9th, 2011|News|

Yemen: Trademark Implementing Regulations Issued

The implementing regulations of Trademark Law no. 23 of 2010 in Yemen were issued on July 27, 2011 and will be applicable as of the following week. The main features of the regulations include: 1. The official fees for most IP-related matters will increase substantially in comparison with their current level. 2. The 8th edition of the ...

2021-07-03T01:28:53+00:00July 26th, 2011|News|

Pakistan: Review of Trademark Protection

Filing Requirements 1. Power of attorney, notarized. A general power may be used for subsequent filings. 2. Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified. 3. Transliteration and translation of non-English words appearing on the mark. 4. Date of first use of the mark in Pakistan, if available. 5. 12 prints of the mark. ...

2021-07-03T01:28:54+00:00July 19th, 2011|News|

Qatar: Domain Names Registry

The Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology ictQATAR has announced that it will begin offering the following domain names: Second level domain name .qa (Sunrise period: 1 month starting July 18, 2011) Arabic domain name قطر. (Sunrise period: 2 months starting August 17, 2011) By the beginning of September 2011, the Landrush period will begin. In other ...

2021-07-03T01:28:54+00:00July 18th, 2011|News|

GCC Filings in 2010

The total number of GCC patent applications filed at the Patent Office since inception up to December 2010 is reported to be 15069. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:28:54+00:00July 7th, 2011|News|

Qatar: Review of Trademark, Patent and Industrial Design Protection

I. TRADEMARKS BASICS LegislationQatar follows the Law No. 9 of 2002. Classification The International Classification of Goods and Services (7th Edition) is followed. However, class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32 and pork meat in class 29 can not be registered in Qatar. A separate application is required for each class. Filing Requirements 1-     Power ...

2021-07-03T01:28:54+00:00June 23rd, 2011|News|

ICANN: Plan to Increase Internet Domain Name Endings

The Board of Directors at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved a plan to increase the internet domain name endings. By way of background, there are currently 22 domain name endings (such as .org; .net; .com) and around 250 country code endings. This program aims at widening the scope of ...

2021-07-03T01:28:54+00:00June 22nd, 2011|News|

Qatar: Counterfeit Medicines Law in the Pipeline

The Qatari Supreme Council of Health’s Pharmacy and Drug Control Department has recently drafted a new law on counterfeit medicines. Accordingly, Qatar will be the first Arab country in the region to issue such a law. Currently, the draft law is subject to revisions before being submitted to the competent authorities for approval. The main ...

2021-07-03T01:29:15+00:00June 15th, 2011|News|

Oman: Annuity Payment

According to an official notification issued by the Omani Patent Office on June 6, 2011, maintenance fees will be due annually on the anniversary of the local filing date or the PCT international date and will be payable before the granting of the patent. There will be a 6-month grace period for late payment with ...

2021-07-03T01:29:15+00:00June 14th, 2011|News|

Qatar: Draft Law on Border Measures

The Qatari Shura Council has discussed the draft Law on IP border measures which comprises 12 articles. The draft Law contains provisions on customs activities related to IP protection in the field of import and export of goods. As soon as counterfeit or pirated products are detected, the authorities shall notify the importer immediately. However, ...

2021-07-03T01:29:15+00:00June 10th, 2011|News|

Bahrain: More than 100,000 Pirated Products Destroyed

More than 100,000 pirated products have been destroyed in Bahrain during a raid, considered the largest over the past five years. The confiscated products included computer software, counterfeit CD’s and DVD’s and other pirated products. The said operation aims at shedding the light on the importance of respecting the Intellectual Property Laws in the country. ...

2021-07-03T01:29:15+00:00June 2nd, 2011|News|

Qatar: Accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Qatar to the Patent Cooperation Treaty on May 3, 2011. The said treaty will enter into force on August 3, 2011.  Qatar is now bound by the Treaty and consequently any “international” patent application may include the ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 24th, 2011|News|

Morocco: Accession to WIPO Treaties

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization welcomed the deposit of the instrument of accession of Morocco to the Budapest, WIPO Copyright and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaties on April 20, 2011. WIPO Copyright and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaties were adopted at Geneva on December 20, 1996. The treaties mentioned above will ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 24th, 2011|News|

Kuwait: Deadline to Complete Trademark Applications

The Trademark Office in Kuwait has recently issued an official notification regarding all pending trademark applications. According to this notification, all requirements related to pending applications must be completed before July 3, 2011. These requirements include settlement of publication fees as well as submission of missing documents (power of attorney and certificate of home or ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 24th, 2011|News|

Morocco: New Law on the Protection of Consumers

Comparative Advertising in MoroccoMorocco has recently adopted Law No. 31-08 on the Protection of Consumers. The new law was promulgated on February 18, 2011 and became effective as of April 7, 2011. Article 22 of Law No. 31-08 includes provisions on comparative advertising. The use of comparative advertising is considered valid as long as it ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 12th, 2011|News|

West Bank: IP Gazette Introduced

All types of official notifications in the West Bank including IP related matters used to be published in the Palestinian Facts Journal. However, following ministerial decision number 4, issued on February 14, 2011, Articles 32 and 34 of Trademark Law No. 1 of 1952 have been amended. Based on this amendment, all intellectual property updates ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 11th, 2011|News|

INTA’s 133rd ِِِAnnual Meeting

The International Trademark Association (INTA) will hold its 133rd annual meeting in San Francisco, USA, from May 14 till May 18, 2011. Representatives from Saba & Co. IP Offices will be attending the different functions of the conference and meeting with clients. In case you wish to meet with any of our representatives, please contact ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 11th, 2011|News|

Yemen: Patent Law in Force

The new Patents, Utility Models, Integrated Circuits and Trade Secrets Law No. 2 of 2011 of Yemen, which was issued on January 12, 2011 has recently been published in the country's Official Gazette (publication date: May 4, 2011 and publication number: 3 and 4). The new Law entered into force on April 12, 2011. The main features of this law include ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 5th, 2011|News|

Saudi Arabia: Beginning of the Landrush Phase

The SaudiNIC announced the beginning of the Landrush phase of the second level domain under (.sa). The Landrush phase started on May 2, 2011. All applications will be accepted electronically through the website of SaudiNIC. Should you have any inquiries or comments regarding the subject matter, please contact us at info@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00May 3rd, 2011|News|

Lebanon: Arab Cybercrime Forum

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) in cooperation with The Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Republic of Lebanon organized an Arab Cybercrime Forum on April 26 and 27, 2011. This forum included the following subjects: - The protection of Intellectual Property in the Arab world and the enforcement of IP rights - The WIPO Development Agenda ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00April 29th, 2011|News|

UAE: Counterfeit Products Destroyed

Due to the efforts and perseverance of Saba & Co IP team in the UAE, more than 20,000 items of counterfeit sanitary products were destroyed on April 19, 2011. The destruction was attended by the Sharjah Economic Development Department and by representatives from Saba & Co. IP Office in UAE. The items were confiscated in ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00April 29th, 2011|News|

UAE: Launch of Electronic Portal for Intellectual Property

The Customs in Dubai in cooperation with local and governmental entities have showed readiness for launching the first governmental unified intellectual property e-portal in the region. The portal aims at protecting the society from counterfeit products. It will include local and international laws and legislations on IP and will contain as well detailed information on ...

2021-07-03T01:29:16+00:00April 27th, 2011|News|