Destination Africa: What You Need to Know About Ghana

Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first Sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. With a total area of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), Ghana is bordered by Côte d’Ivoire in the west, Burkina Faso in the ...

2022-07-28T09:04:19+00:00July 28th, 2022|News|

Turkey Cracks Down on Infringers

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 ...

2022-07-28T08:54:57+00:00July 28th, 2022|News|

All Aboard the ARIPO Train, Next Stop Cabo Verde

The island-nation of Cabo Verde is set to be the 22nd member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO).Cabo Verde, which is located across the western shores of Africa, acceded to the Lusaka Agreement, Banjul, and Harare Protocols and the treaties are expected to enter into force on July 6, 2022.In related news, Cabo ...

2022-07-01T07:01:57+00:00July 1st, 2022|News|

Smooth Sailing: New Customs Measures in Kenya

In an effort to combat counterfeiting and piracy, the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeiting Authority (ACA) recently adopted a further measure to combat imports of counterfeit goods into the country, as stated in Section 34B of the Anti-Counterfeit Act, 2008 and the Anti-Counterfeit (Recordation) Regulations of 2021. Brand owners have a deadline of January 1, 2023 to register ...

2022-07-01T06:43:44+00:00July 1st, 2022|News|

Copy That: Copyright Protection is in Saudi Arabia

In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property announced the launch of the online optional registration service for copyrights of written materials in Saudi Arabia.This comes after the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law entered into force on December 23, 2019, which confirm the present procedures ...

2022-07-01T06:37:06+00:00July 1st, 2022|News|

Decrease in Trademark Publication Fees in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) announced a decrease in the official publication fees of trademark applications. The new rates will apply to all applications filed on or after June 9, 2022. By way of background, trademark applications and recordals are published electronically in the Official Gazette upon acceptance. Oppositions may be filed within ...

2022-07-01T06:22:33+00:00July 1st, 2022|News|

UAE: Updated Requirements for Filing Patent Applications

Authenticity of foreign signatures and documents in the UAE requires what is known as legalization to be legally valid. The legalization process is both time consuming and costly; in addition, places certain transactions at risk if a legalized document is not secured within a statutory period of time. Supporting documents for national entry of PCT ...

2022-07-01T06:17:22+00:00July 1st, 2022|News|

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|

Online Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in 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. In a more contemporary context on the legal scene, Pakistan maintains a relatively comprehensive regulatory and legislative ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00June 9th, 2021|News|

Game On: The Intersection of Esports and Intellectual Property

With the exponential rise of digital media, coupled with the ubiquity of smart devices, esports is a pastime that entertains millions of fans and generates billions of dollars that are up for grabs. Streaming services, especially during the global lockdown, have transformed even the most casual gamers into serious contenders, with a select few reaching ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00June 9th, 2021|News|

Upload That: Kuwaiti Patent Office Launches New Online Filing Service

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Kuwaiti Patent Office (KPO) announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form as of May 19, 2021, via its online platform. This development, which follows the recently announced examination, publication, and grant ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00May 24th, 2021|News|

Accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement in Oman

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in the country, Oman ratified its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. The Geneva Act will enter into force in Oman on June 30, 2021. With this update, Oman is the first country ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00April 29th, 2021|News|

Procedural Change for Submission of POA in the UAE

The Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates (TMO) announced that the legalized power of attorney (POA) may be submitted within 30 days from filing date. Prior to this procedural change, the POA had to be submitted to the TMO at the time of filing. Oppositions and appeals are excluded from this update, however, and ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00April 13th, 2021|News|

Extra, Extra: New IP Newspaper in Saudi Arabia

In a stop-press update, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) announced the launch of its very own Intellectual Property Newspaper (IPN) on April 11, 2021. The IPN replaces the old publication portal for all IP matters. The IPN will exclusively be published online and will include bibliographic information and a representative drawing for all ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00April 13th, 2021|News|

A New Era for Patent Protection in Kuwait

In a long awaited move, the Kuwaiti Patent Office (KPO) has begun substantive examination of patent applications and is issuing search and examination reports. The process is still a little shy but is expected to increase as is the case with any new procedure. Furthermore, earlier this year, KPO published two granted patents in its ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00April 12th, 2021|News|

Sudan: Navigating the Sanctions Regulations

On December 14, 2020, the US Government announced Sudan’s removal from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (the “SST List”). This follows another update, on August 11, 2020, when the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that US persons are no longer prohibited from engaging in transactions with respect to ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00April 7th, 2021|News|

Recordals Going Paperless at the TMO in Kuwait

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Trademark Office in Kuwait announced the upcoming activation of the online recordal system. Once fully operational, applicants will be able to submit applications for recordal via the online platform. For the time being, however, the TMO is only ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00March 10th, 2021|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 include ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00March 1st, 2021|News|

Cyberspace is No Place to Hide: Online Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Saudi Arabia

With Saudi Arabia’s status as the world’s largest exporter of petroleum and a relentless commitment to promote a robust economic diversification program, the desert nation is a market of strategic and economic importance for international brand owners to consider when enforcing their rights. In an effort to combat such malicious practices by unscrupulous individuals on ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00March 1st, 2021|News|

Ease In: Gradual March towards an Online Environment in Oman

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Patent and Trademark Office in Oman announced that the all trademark services will gradually be conducted online starting with trademark registration on March 7, 2021. These e-services, which will be provided via the PTO’s proprietary “Invest Easy” portal, ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00March 1st, 2021|News|

Back on the IP Map: TMO Reopens in Somalia

After a period of almost three-decades on hiatus and following the issuance of Ministerial Decree 1 of 2019, the Somali Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has officially resumed operations. While the East African nation is expected to issue new legislation on intellectual property, for the time being the pre-federal IP law remains in force. Prior to ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00February 24th, 2021|News|

Zooming Towards Innovation: SAIP Signs New PPH Agreement

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) recently signed a patent prosecution highway agreement with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). The PPH agreement is expected to foster and develop a bilateral partnership in the field of intellectual property and to strengthen the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the People's Republic of China. The ...

2021-07-03T01:21:44+00:00February 1st, 2021|News|

Strasbourg Agreement and Budapest Treaty Ratified in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently ratified its accession to the Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification and the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. The news concerning the ratification of the Strasbourg Agreement and the Budapest Treaty was announced through Federal Decrees ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00February 1st, 2021|News|

The End of an Era: GCCPO Stops Accepting New Patent Applications

On January 6, 2021, following several decisions that were issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Council during its 41st meeting on January 5, 2021, an amended GCC Patent Law (Regulation) was approved. In a statement made on its official website, the GCC Patent Office (GCCPO) announced that as of January 6, 2021, it ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00February 1st, 2021|News|

Update Concerning GCC Patent Applications

Following a list of decisions issued by the GCC Supreme Council during its 41st meeting on January 5, 2021, the amended GCC Patent Law (Regulation) was approved. In a statement made on its official website, the GCC Patent Office (GCCPO) announced that it is not accepting new patent filings. Meanwhile, filing via the Paris Convention ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00January 6th, 2021|News|

What You Need To Know About IPRs In 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 ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00January 5th, 2021|News|

Rising Challenges In Patent Prosecution In The MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa region, more commonly known as MENA, receives its share of news in the international circuit. Saudi Arabia, for example, has been a steadily growing economy, which with the introduction and implementation of a number of reforms, has seen a sudden boom with the diversification of the economy and further ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00January 5th, 2021|News|

Copy That: Over Three Million Infringing Items Seized In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) is continuously proving its prowess after it has successfully confiscated and destroyed more than 3.5 million items that were in violation of intellectual property rights. This news was announced on November 9, 2020 and follows the handover of all copyright-related matters, which include the enforcement of said rights, ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00January 5th, 2021|News|

2020: 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 has been an exceptional one, to say the least. With the pandemic raging across borders and a global lockdown in ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00December 1st, 2020|News|

The Kingdom Strikes Again: New Committee for the Enforcement of IPRs

In compliance with its mandate to unify all intellectual property (IP) related matters under one centralized agency in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) announced the formation of the National Committee for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (NCEIP). In addition to the committee’s various responsibilities that include being in charge of ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 30th, 2020|News|

A Household Name: Surnames Can Be Trademarked in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) in Saudi Arabia announced that the definition of a trademark has been broadened and now allows the registration of surnames as marks. The SAIP will assess several aspects when examining the trademark application, including but not limited to: If the surname complies with the conditions and formal registration ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 30th, 2020|News|

Can’t Hide Behind a Screen: Court Slams Online Counterfeit Marketplace in Egypt

In a legal precedent that rippled through the cyberspace ether, the authorities concerned in Egypt issued a Court decision to shut down online pages selling counterfeits and products bearing infringing trademarks. In addition to having their illicit online stores deactivated, the perpetrators were sentenced to two years in prison and fined 100,000 Egyptian pounds (around ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 30th, 2020|News|

Publish or Perish: Publication of Trademarks Resumed in Libya

After a long respite, the Trademark Office (TMO) in Libya has resumed the publication of trademarks in the Official Gazette, with the inaugural issue being published on September 23, 2020. The first issue of the Official Gazette listed over 200 trademarks that were published for opposition. Any party who believes it may be damaged by ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Upcoming Transformation of the Legal and Economic Scene in Myanmar

Given the recent trend in going paperless around the globe, the Trademark Office in Myanmar announced the upcoming inauguration of its electronic platform for the filing of trademark applications as of October 1, 2020. A soft launch of the new electronic trademark registration system was scheduled for January of this year, but has since been ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Feeling Taxed: Oman Issues VAT Draft Law

Following the introduction of value added tax (VAT) in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Oman issued its own draft VAT Law in early September 2020. Once the Law is approved, the VAT will apply to goods and services at the suggested rate of three percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Upfront Settlement of Official Fees in Oman

The Trademark Office (TMO) in Oman announced that all official fees from filing up to registration must now be settled upfront at the time of filing. Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us news@sabaip.com

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Cut a Dash: Saudi Arabia Joins the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation

As part of the ongoing national campaign to maintain the highest level of consumer protection, Saudi Arabia recently joined the International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR). By becoming a member of the ICCR, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) will cooperate and enhance trade with its partners on cosmetic products. Saudi Arabia, represented by ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Calling Strasbourg: Saudi Arabia Joins the IPC Agreement

Saudi Arabia recently ratified its accession to the Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification. This news follows Saudi Arabia’s accession to three key World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties: the Budapest Treaty, the Locarno Agreement, and Vienna Agreement. By joining these international intellectual property (IP) treaties, specifically with regard to industrial designs, trademarks and ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00October 1st, 2020|News|

Save the Date: New Deadline in Oman

In order to circumvent the time barring of actions and missing any deadlines, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Oman announced that right holders must attend to the necessary action for all matters that were due on or after March 24, 2020 by October 8, 2020 at the latest. Should you have any questions, ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 28th, 2020|News|

Substantive Examination Fees are due in Jordan

The Patent Office in Jordan announced that patent examination fees for applications filed after December 9, 2018 are due and must be paid within sixty days from the date of notification. This update applies to all pending national and PCT applications that have completed the filing formalities. By way of background, as part of the ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|News|

Going Micro: Biological Deposits for Patenting Purposes in Saudi Arabia

In its ongoing efforts to advance the patent protection scene in the country, Saudi Arabia recently ratified the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. With the Treaty in force, the deposit of a microorganism with an International Depositary Authority (IDA) will satisfy the deposit ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|News|

Fraudsters Beware: Tougher Penalties for Commercial Fraud in Saudi Arabia

In light of its continuous crackdown on intellectual property infringement and malicious business practices, Saudi Arabia issued a new decision in an effort to curb commercial fraud. New regulations were published in order to assist in eliminating the shady business practices in the country, and such measures include more stringent penalties for offenders of up ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|News|

Cooperation for Innovation: SAIP Signs Agreement with JPO

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The MOU aims to facilitate the processing, examination, and registration of applications for patents, industrial designs, and trademarks. It is worth noting that the SAIP and the JPO have been implementing a patent prosecution highway ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|News|

Say It Loud: First Sound Mark Registered in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) accepted the first sound trademark application in Saudi Arabia, with the sound represented on the application by a musical notation. The application was examined as to form only, and was subsequently registered. By way of background, according to Article 2 of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, the ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00September 1st, 2020|News|

A Message Concerning the Beirut Explosion

We all experienced the event on August 4, 2020 in a terrifying and disturbing manner, and find ourselves grieving as we tend to our wounds—both physical and emotional. We are grateful for the support and kind words from our friends and colleagues across the world. It is especially in these times that we most cherish ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00August 7th, 2020|News|

Major Strides on the Litigation Scene in Egypt

In the ongoing effort to address the delay in the litigation process, Egypt has been witnessing the issuance of new laws and much-awaited amendments to local legislation. This article offers a brief overview of the highly welcomed ratification of Law No. 146 of 2019 that amends provisions related to Law No. 120 of 2008. The ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00August 4th, 2020|News|

Protecting Employee and Student Inventions in Turkey

With their sights set to promote local innovation and nurture a creative ecosystem, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT) published a set of guidelines on employee inventions and inventions made in higher education institutions. With the newly minted guidelines in force, the TURKPATENT aims to provide information and guidance about practices related to inventions ...

2021-07-03T01:21:45+00:00August 4th, 2020|News|

South Korean Grant to Accelerate Innovation at the Egyptian Patent Office

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property protection scene, Egypt recently approved a grant of EGP 47 million (around USD 2.9 million) from South Korea. This news comes in light of Egypt’s vision to increase cooperation with the international community. The grant is expected to advance the management efficiency at the Egyptian Patent ...

2021-07-03T01:21:46+00:00July 6th, 2020|News|

Laying Down the Law in Cyprus

As a much welcomed attempt at improving the intellectual property scene in the country, Cyprus issued the Commercial Trademark Act of 2020. The new Law, along with the Implementing Regulations, were published in the Official Gazette and entered into force in June 2020. In addition to increasing the protection period of trademarks from 7 years ...

2021-07-03T01:21:46+00:00July 6th, 2020|News|

Implementing Regulations for Compulsory Licensing Issued in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) recently issued a new set of Implementing Regulations for the compulsory licensing of patents. This update comes in light of SAIP’s mission to lead the national strategy for the promotion of IP, revising and issuing regulations, providing services in a timely and high-quality manner, increasing IP awareness and ...

2021-07-03T01:21:46+00:00July 6th, 2020|News|

Not That Slick: Illegal Oil Factory Shut Down in the UAE

In their ongoing efforts to enforce intellectual property rights and protect consumers, the Ajman Department of Economic Development (Ajman DED) seized counterfeit synthetic engine oil worth AED 20 million (around USD 5.5 million). Over 100,000 packets of oil bearing trademarks of Saba IP’s multinational clients were discovered by the authorities concerned, much to the chagrin ...

2021-07-03T01:21:46+00:00July 6th, 2020|News|

The Ball Is in Your Court: Settling Intellectual Property Disputes in Saudi Arabia

With the establishment of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP), Saudi Arabia consolidated all intellectual property (IP) departments under one umbrella. The purpose of this newly-minted local entity is to lead the national strategy for the promotion of IP, revising and issuing regulations, providing services in a timely and high-quality manner, increasing IP awareness and ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00June 8th, 2020|News|

FRANCHISERS REJOICE, THE LAW IS IN FORCE IN SAUDI ARABIA

In an effort to facilitate and promote investment in the country, the Implementing Regulations of the Franchising Law were published in the Official Gazette by the Ministry of Commerce on May 22, 2020. By way of background, the Law was approved by the Council of Ministers in October 2019 and entered into force in April ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00June 5th, 2020|News|

MENA: USTR Special 301 Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the Special 301 Report in April 2020, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. Countries in the Middle East and North Africa on the Priority Watch List are Algeria and Saudi Arabia. The Watch List includes Egypt, Kuwait Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. It ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00June 5th, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: Increase in VAT Rate

Saudi Arabia announced that the value added tax (VAT) rate will be increased to 15 percent from the current rate of 5 percent effective July 1, 2020. By way of background, VAT was introduced in Saudi Arabia in January 2018 and applied to goods and services, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00May 13th, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: Launching Data Exchange Program with KIPO

Despite the global lockdown and worldwide social distancing, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) signed a program for exchanging intellectual property data with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) on April 22, 2020. The program will provide IP information to the public through the exchange of published and registered IP data in both Saudi ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00April 23rd, 2020|News|

Qatar: Industrial Designs Law Issued

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property protection scene in the country, Qatar issued Law no. 10 of 2020 on the Protection of Industrial Designs on April 19, 2020. Prior to the issuance of the Law, protection could be sought out by publishing cautionary notices at regular intervals in local Qatari newspapers. Such ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00April 23rd, 2020|News|

Zanzibar: The Beginning of an Online Era for Trademarks

In an effort to ensure a regular publication schedule and to streamline the opposition process, trademarks are published online on a monthly basis by the Trademark Office in Zanzibar as of March 1, 2020. Previously, before the introduction of the electronic publication platform at the TMO, the publication of trademark applications was sporadic and infrequent ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00April 10th, 2020|News|

Qatar: COVID-19 Constitutes a Force Majeure Event

Given the extraordinary nature and consequences of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Intellectual Property Protection Directorate in Qatar (IPO) announced that COVID-19 constitutes a force majeure event. The IPO has already adopted several measures since the beginning of the outbreak, such as reducing the staff to 20 percent and controlling the number of customers ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00April 6th, 2020|News|

UAE: Revised Official Fees

Pursuant to Cabinet Decision no. 20 of 2020, the Ministry of Economy in the United Arab Emirates announced a revision in the official fees for a number of services related to intellectual property matters. The reduced fees are significant and cover a range of services, such as trademark applications, registrations, oppositions, assignment recordals, and search ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00April 6th, 2020|News|

Registration of Geographic Indications in Egypt

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in Egypt, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade of Egypt announced that it will begin accepting applications for the registration of geographical indications. This is a welcome move since GIs will provide added value to local producers and will provide social upliftment for rural ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00March 31st, 2020|News|

Gaza: Trademark Registrations Going Online

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the region, the Trademark Office in Gaza announced that it is planning on introducing an electronic platform for the filing of trademark applications in the near future. The new process will involve uploading an electronic application to the online system, along with a soft copy of the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00March 31st, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: SAIP is the New Trademark Sheriff in Town

In compliance with its mandate to unify all IP related matters under one authority, in the latest development, trademarks previously managed by Ministry of Trade and Investment, have now been transferred under the umbrella of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property. With this update, SAIP showcases its efforts as a self-funded agency with consolidated enforcement ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00March 31st, 2020|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 region. With this update, we want to assure you that our main priority remains to ensure the safety and well-being of our people, families, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:14+00:00March 18th, 2020|News|

MENA: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Operational Continuity

Dear Colleagues, Clients, and Friends, As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in our region and across the globe, we want to assure you that our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our people, families, clients, and the communities in which we live and work. Accordingly, we have put measures in ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 16th, 2020|News|

Kuwait: PTO Temporarily Suspends Operations

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Kuwait, the Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will temporarily suspend operations until March 26, 2020. In order to ensure the safety of our people and an uninterrupted service, we will be working remotely during office hours. You may continue to send all your instructions ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 12th, 2020|News|

West Bank: Procedural Change for Trademark Registration

The Trademark Office in West Bank announced that a scanned copy of the power of attorney must be submitted at the time of filing, and the legalized POA may be submitted within three months from the filing date. The outgoing procedure did not require submitted a copy of the POA at the time of filing. ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 6th, 2020|News|

Middle East and North Africa: Back to the Future, Patent Term Extension in the Region

Patent Term Extension (PTE), also known as Supplemental Patent Certificate (SPC) in some countries, is a mechanism by which patent owners may request an extension on the life of a patent. In most countries where such a practice is applicable, PTE or SPC is generally and primarily used by pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies, but depending ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 6th, 2020|News|

Kuwait: New Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Registration

Following the issuance of Ministerial Decree no. 361 of 2019 that was published on January 5, 2020, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Kuwait updated the regulations regarding the registration of pharmaceutical products. In line with local legislation, pharmaceutical products must be registered with the MOH before being imported into the Kuwaiti market by local ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 6th, 2020|News|

Announcement from Saba IP: UAE Prosecution Firm of the Year

We have been honored with the Prosecution Firm of the Year award for the United Arab Emirates for 2020, conferred during the MIP’s annual Global Awards ceremony that was held in London on March 5, 2020. We are certainly proud to be showcased and celebrated among the best in our industry. Needless to say, our ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 6th, 2020|News|

Iraq: TMO Temporarily Suspends Operations

In light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Iraq, the Trademark Office announced that it will temporarily suspend operations until March 16, 2020. The TMO, however, will only be processing all renewals and opposition proceedings that fall during this time period. In order to ensure an uninterrupted service, you may continue to send all ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00March 3rd, 2020|News|

Egypt: Accession to the UPOV Bears Fruit

Egypt ratified its accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which is known by the acronym UPOV. Egypt became a member of UPOV in December 2019. The filing requirements of a plant variety application in Egypt are as follows: Denomination of the variety Full disclosure of the origin of ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: On the Silk Road with CNIPA

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property signed a memorandum of understanding with the China National Intellectual Property Administration. The MOU aims to facilitate the processing, examination and registration of applications for patents, industrial designs, and trademarks. It also expected to foster and develop a bilateral partnership in the field of intellectual property and to strengthen ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: The Ball is in Your Court, Copyright and Patent Disputes

As a much welcomed attempt at improving the enforcement scene in the country, Saudi Arabia announced that patent and copyright disputes will be settled before specialized Commercial Courts as of February 1, 2020. The Commercial Courts, which will be comprised of three judges, will hear infringement and invalidation cases. By resorting to the legal system, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: SAIP is the New Patent Sheriff in Town

In compliance with its mandate to unify all IP related matters under one authority, in the latest development, patents, layout designs of integrated circuits, plant varieties and industrial designs previously managed by King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, have now been transferred under the umbrella of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property. Furthermore, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00February 3rd, 2020|News|

Tunisia: Increase in Official Fees

The Patent and Trademark Office in Tunisia, known by the French acronym INNORPI, announced an increase in the official fees for all trademark matters. The new fees were published in the Official Gazette and will enter into force on January 24, 2020. In related news, INNORPI also alluded to an upcoming increase in the official ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00January 23rd, 2020|News|

Egypt: No GOEIC-ing Around for Counterfeiters

The General Organization for Export and Import Control, known by the acronym GOEIC, created a new electronic platform for commercial records. The system went online on November 30, 2018. The e-system allows users to instantly access the records of importers, exporters, production requirements, and the register of agents. On the flipside, this tool facilitates that ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

Egypt: Major Strides on the Litigation Scene

As a much welcomed attempt at improving the litigation scene in the country, Egypt recently ratified Law No. 146 of 2019 that amends provisions related to Law No. 120 of 2008. The new Law amends the Economic Court Law of 2008, which established eight Economic Courts all over Egypt since October 2008. These Courts have ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

Saudi Arabia: Copycats Beware, Copyright Protection is in Town

In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property announced the launch of the online optional registration service for copyrights in Saudi Arabia. This comes after the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law entered into force on December 23, 2019, which confirm the present procedures in Saudi ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

GCC: Council Approves the Trademark Law

The Gulf Cooperation Council approved the Trademark Law during the annual summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2019. This update follows the Council’s decision to assign the GCC Financial and Economic Committee the task to accredit and implement the necessary decisions related to the joint action in the field of customs union, including ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

2019: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” feature sums up the most important intellectual property news and developments that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, Africa, and their neighboring regions. The wireless trend continues to gain more and more traction regionally, as we have been witnessing over the years. Algeria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00December 5th, 2019|News|

Myanmar: Upcoming Transformation of the Legal and Economic Scene

With the upcoming adoption of the new Trademark Law in January 2020, Myanmar is on the verge of a major legal and economic transformation. Under the outgoing Registration Act, brand owners could register a declaration of ownership and publish a cautionary notice for trademarks every three years to obtain some sort of protection. Under the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00December 3rd, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Accession to the Locarno Agreement and Vienna Agreement

Saudi Arabia ratified its accession to two key World Intellectual Property Organization treaties: the Locarno Agreement and Vienna Agreement. The Locarno Agreement stipulates procedures for establishing, amending and additionally creating international classification for industrial designs. Contracting states in the Middle East and Africa are Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, and Turkey. Saudi Arabia also joined ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00December 2nd, 2019|News|

UAE: DIFC Issues New IP Law

In its continuous efforts to facilitate investment and innovation, the Dubai International Financial Centre enacted a new law governing all aspects of intellectual property within its territory. The DIFC Intellectual Property Law of 2019—which entered into force today, November 21, 2019—recognizes all IP registrations in the United Arab Emirates, including trademarks, patents, copyrights and industrial ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00November 21st, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Franchisers Rejoice, a New Law Is Coming to Town

In an effort to facilitate and promote investment in the country, the Saudi Council of Ministers approved the Franchising Law on October 8, 2019. The Law was published in the Official Gazette on October 25, 2019 and is expected to enter into force on April 25, 2020. The Ministry of Commerce and Investment will be ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00November 4th, 2019|News|

MENA: Know When to Say No, Opposition Proceedings in the Region

Registering a trademark is the first step in the effective use of a brand, company, or product name. However, in order to safeguard and enforce valuable marks, brand owners must continuously monitor trademark publications to ensure that those potential trademarks do not infringe or potentially damage their existing rights. Monitoring Trademark Publications through a Dedicated ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00November 4th, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Zooming Down the Patent Prosecution Highway with the USPTO

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property recently signed a patent prosecution highway agreement with United States Patent and Trademark Office. The PPH agreement is expected to foster and develop a bilateral partnership in the field of intellectual property and to strengthen the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:15+00:00November 4th, 2019|News|

Ethiopia: Surveying the Trademark Landscape

A total of 407 applications were published in the last three issues of the Official Gazette of Ethiopia (June to August 2019). Almost 60 percent of the applications were filed by foreign owners, mostly Chinese, US, and Swiss. Applications in classes 3, 30, and 35 rank the highest in volume during this period. Ethiopia is ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 16th, 2019|News|

UAE: Steady March towards an Online Environment

Given the recent trend in going paperless, the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that, as of October 6, 2019, the following services will be conducted exclusively online: (1) filing an opposition, (2) filing a counterstatement, and (3) issuing all post registration recordal certificates. These e-services, among others provided by the TMO, replace ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 7th, 2019|News|

Ethiopia: IP is an Important Avenue for Supporting the Economy

Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, is one of the fastest growing states among the 188 International Monetary Fund member countries. This growth, which has been driven by the government’s investment in infrastructure, as well as sustained progress in the agricultural and service sectors, is expected to keep rising in the years to ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 3rd, 2019|News|

Kuwait: Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law Published

In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters recently issued the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law. The Implementing Regulations entered into force on July 28, 2019 and are expected to pave the way to a clearer copyright procurement process. Copyright Protection Framework in ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 3rd, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: You Can Trademark Your Surname Now

The Trademark Office in Saudi Arabia recently announced that the definition of a trademark has been broadened and now allows the registration of surnames as marks. The TMO will assess several aspects when examining the trademark application, including but not limited to: If the surname complies with the conditions and formal registration requirements related to ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 3rd, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Patent Grievances Committee Established

As part of the country’s efforts in advancing its IP procurement, Saudi Arabia established the Patent Grievances Committee. Pursuant to Article 35 of the Law of Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Models, the Committee has the jurisdiction to hear infringement cases, invalidation cases, and allows applicants and interested parties to ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 3rd, 2019|News|

UAE: Official Fees Waived for Some Patent and Industrial Design Matters

Pursuant to Cabinet Decision no. 51 of 2019, the Patent Office in the United Arab Emirates has started the implementation of the waiver/reduction in the official fees related to the following services: Annuities Publications Patent restoration Assignment, merger, and licensing Correction of application and amendment of claims Change of representative This news comes in light ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00October 3rd, 2019|News|

Cyprus: Upgraded Electronic Platform for Trademarks

The Trademark Office in Cyprus upgraded its existing online services on July 15, 2019, bringing improved e-filing and online services for trademarks. The upgraded system benefits users by providing modern, state of the art tools and services for intellectual property offices in the European Union Intellectual Property Network. What you need to know about trademark ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|News|

Egypt: Seeking to Join the UPOV Agreement

Egypt recently amended Law no. 82 of 2002 on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in an effort to join the UPOV Agreement and change its status from an observer to an active member. Accordingly, these amendments to Book Four of the aforementioned Law, which relates to Plant Varieties, are a continuation of the procedural ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|News|

Jordan: Enhancement of Customs Security at Aqaba Special Economic Zone

In the scope of the country’s continuous efforts to create competent border enforcement measures, Jordan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan to enhance the Customs security at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone. The MoU provides the authorities concerned with a grant of around US$15.7 million to update all the X-ray machines used by the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law Published

In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property recently issued the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law. The Implementing Regulations will enter into force on December 23, 2019 and are expected to pave the way to a clearer copyright procurement process. The Implementing Regulations confirm the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|News|

Tanzania: A Focus on the Trademark Landscape

A total of 654 applications were published in the last three issues of the Official Gazette of mainland Tanzania (June to August 2019). Publications within the Gazettes are considered sufficient to comply with legal requirements for public notice. Being the largest country in East Africa, mainland Tanzania occupies an unrivaled regional role that is increasing ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00August 28th, 2019|News|

Kuwait: Updated Patent Fees

In an effort to promote innovation in the country, the Patent Office in Kuwait announced an update in the fees for all patent related matters. As per Ministerial Decree no. 287 of 2019, the new fees entered into force on July 21, 2019. As a recap on patents in Kuwait, in April 2016, we reported ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00July 31st, 2019|News|

Bahrain: VAT Rate Applied on IP Matters

Starting July 1, 2019, professional charges in Bahrain will be subject to five percent Value Added Tax. This comes after the release of the VAT regulations in the country and the publication of the VAT Law in January 2019. Each member state of the GCC is now expected to establish its own separate national legislation ...

2021-07-03T01:22:16+00:00July 23rd, 2019|News|

Yemen: Increase in Publication Fees

The Patent and Trademark Office in Yemen announced an increase in the official publication fees of trademark, patent, and industrial design applications. The new rates will apply to all applications filed on or after August 8, 2019. By way of background, trademark, patent, and industrial design applications are published in the Official Gazette upon acceptance. ...

2021-07-03T01:22:44+00:00July 22nd, 2019|News|

Tunisia: Increase in Official Fees

Following the recently published and implemented increase in industrial design fees in Tunisia, sources at the Patent and Trademark Office (INNORPI) alluded to an upcoming increase in the official fees for all trademark and patent matters. The new fees, which are expected to increase by 100 percent for trademarks and 30 percent for patents, will ...

2021-07-03T01:22:44+00:00July 18th, 2019|News|

UAE: Revised Official Fees

Pursuant to Cabinet Decision no. 51 of 2019, the United Arab Emirates announced a revision in the official fees for all services offered by the Ministry of Economy, including those related to intellectual property matters. The revised fees for intellectual property matters affect trademark registration and renewal fees, which have been reduced by 27 percent ...

2021-07-03T01:22:44+00:00July 12th, 2019|News|

Djibouti: Small Country, Big Ambitions

With an area of 23,200 square kilometers, it is easy to overlook Djibouti on a map. Despite its size, this small country occupies an unrivaled regional role in East Africa that is increasing in significance. Due to the country having the largest deepwater port off of the coast of the Red Sea, Djibouti serves as ...

2021-07-03T01:22:44+00:00June 28th, 2019|News|

Maghreb: What You Need to Know About Patents in an Emerging Region Full of Possibilities

The Maghreb region, known for its touristic and historical sites, along with its considerable proximity to Europe, has been experiencing its own industrial revolution over the span of the past several years. From West to East, the region includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. With a total population in excess of 90 million, the Maghreb ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00June 28th, 2019|News|

India: Accession to Three Key WIPO International Classification Treaties

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in the country, India joined three key World Intellectual Property Organization treaties: Nice Agreement, Vienna Agreement and the Locarno Agreement. Although India was already following the Nice Agreement, Vienna Agreement and the Locarno Agreement, the treaties will officially enter into force in India on September ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00June 28th, 2019|News|

MENA: USTR 301 Special Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the Special 301 Report on April 25, 2019, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. The MENA countries on the Priority Watch List are Algeria, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The Watch List includes Egypt, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries do in fact ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|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, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: What You Need To Know About Trademark Registration

Saudi Arabia is located at the convergence of Europe, Asia, and Africa and occupies a regional location of strategic and economic importance for global trade routes and transnational business expansions. And with the status as the world’s largest exporter of petroleum and the country’s relentless commitment to promote a robust economic diversification program, Saudi Arabia ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00June 4th, 2019|News|

Jordan: Update on Patent Annuities

The Patent Office in Jordan recently issued a decision relating to the management of patent annuities. For patent applications entered in Jordan via PCT on or after April 22, 2019, annuities due at the time of national filing will include the back annuities accumulated in the international stage. With this new practice, annuities will become ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00May 9th, 2019|News|

Pakistan: Country Insights

With its significant geopolitical position, Pakistan is nestled in the cradle of the historical Indus Valley civilization, which dates back at least 5,000 years. And Pakistan’s location in South Asia provides the country with convenient access to the international market. In an effort to boost development, Pakistan and China are implementing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 24th, 2019|News|

Kenya: Introducing Customs Recordal

In an effort to combat counterfeiting and piracy, Kenya recently laid the groundwork for Customs recordal. Once operational, the recordal will allow the local Anti-Counterfeit Agency to have the authority to stop the importation of counterfeit goods at ports of entry. The recordal, which is valid for the period of one year, will allow the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 24th, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Developing Intellectual Property to Promote Economic Progress

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property protection scene in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property recently ratified two memorandums of understanding, one with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the other with the Korean Intellectual Property Office. The MOUs, which were both signed at the General Assembly of ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 24th, 2019|News|

Morocco: An Emerging Jurisdiction Full of Possibilities

With coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco occupies a strategic regional position of great importance. The country has made use of its proximity to Europe and its location in North Africa, along with skilled labor, to work towards building a diverse, open, market-oriented economy. Key sectors of Morocco’s economy include agriculture, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 1st, 2019|News|

Egypt: Introduction of E-Payment for Patent Applications

As more and more patent offices in the Middle East and North Africa region establish themselves as receiving offices for national applicants, the services they provide improve over time. Not surprisingly, the Egyptian Patent Office, which is the only regional International Search Authority and International Preliminary Examination Authority, is offering the possibility for Egyptian nationals ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 1st, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Taking the Fast Lane on the Patent Prosecution Highway with the KIPO

In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property scene in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property recently signed a patent prosecution highway agreement with Korean Intellectual Property Office. The PPH agreement is expected to foster and develop a bilateral partnership in the field of intellectual property and to strengthen the relationship between ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 1st, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Revision in Official Fees

Saudi Arabia recently announced a revision in the official fees for all trademark matters. The new rates will be published in the Official Gazette and will enter into force on the date of publication. It is worth noting that, with the introduction of e-filing for all trademark recordal matters, we saw a significant increase in ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00April 1st, 2019|News|

Turkey: An Overview of How the IP Law is Holding Up

In April 2018, the European Commission published a report assessing Turkey's political situation, economic development, regional issues, and international obligations. Chapter 7 of the aforementioned study praises Turkey’s progress regarding the alignment of its laws with the European Union’s IP acquis communautaire. The Commission cites Turkey for having a “good level of preparation” and for maintaining ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00March 5th, 2019|News|

UAE: New Agreement with the KIPO

The Patent Office in the United Arab Emirates recently designated the Korean Intellectual Property Office as a competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority. This update concerns international applications filed on or after January 6, 2019, by nationals and residents of the UAE with the International Bureau as Receiving Office. By way of background, in ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00March 5th, 2019|News|

Qatar: Law on the Protection of the Arabic Language

In an effort to protect and promote the use of the Arabic language, Qatar issued Law no. 7 of 2019. The Law, which entered into force on January 14, 2019, stipulates that ministries, government agencies, and public institutions are now required to use Arabic in their meetings and discussions. Furthermore, all state legislations, official documents, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00March 5th, 2019|News|

Oman: First Applications Filed for a Sound Mark

The Trademark Office in Oman accepted the first sound trademark application in the country, with the sound represented on the application by a musical notation. In fact, according to Article 1 of Royal Decree no 67/2008, any signs capable of being represented graphically, including sounds, provided that such signs are capable of distinguishing the goods ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00March 5th, 2019|News|

GCC: Securing and Enforcing Patents in an Evolving Region

The Gulf Cooperation Council comprises the following six countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Historically, these countries and the region at large have been recognized as key suppliers of oil and gas. The economies of the GCC countries were primarily, and in earlier years, based on the export of ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Egypt: Importing is No GOEIC-ing Matter

In an effort to combat the illicit importation goods into the country, Egyptian authorities decreed a set of regulations in March 2016 stipulating that certain imported goods will not legally enter into the market unless the merchandise is authorized by the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC). As of January 15, 2019, GOEIC ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Bahrain: Increase in Official Fees

Following the recent publication of the Implementing Regulations of Law no. 1 of 2004 concerning patents and utility models, the Patent Office in Bahrain introduced examination fees and announced an increase in all the official fees relating to patent prosecution. By way of background, the protection term is 20 years from the international filing date, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Algeria: Revised Official Fees

Algeria recently announced a revision in the official fees for all intellectual property matters, including trademarks, patents, and industrial designs. The new rates also apply to examination and the annuity maintenance fees for patents and utility models. The revised official fees entered into force on December 30, 2018. By way of background, Algeria is the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Bahrain: Patents and Utility Models Implementation Regulations Published

On December 13, 2018, following the recent decision to begin substantive examination of pending and new patent applications, the Patent Office in Bahrain issued the Implementing Regulations of Law no. 1 of 2004 concerning patents and utility models. The long-awaited Implementing Regulations are expected to pave the way to a clearer patent procurement process. With ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Plans To Adopt Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

Saudi Arabia notified the World Trade Organization of its plans to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products. The proposal, which was filed on September 12, 2018 and reviewed by the authorities concerned at the WTO, was accompanied by a draft regulation titled “Plain Packaging Standards of Tobacco Products.” While Saudi Arabia did not disclose when ...

2021-07-03T01:22:45+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

MENA: No Smokescreens for Big Tobacco’s IP Protection

The Middle East and North Africa is a lucrative, yet extremely competitive market for the tobacco industry, with cases fought over the most minuscule 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 ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Jordan: Moving To the Cloud

Given Jordan’s unremitting commitment to the protection of intellectual property, the Patent and Trademark Office announced that it plans to begin receiving and processing all applications in electronic format as of January 1, 2019. In this regard, the PTO has been holding a training sessions, and Saba IP was selected to participate and present to ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

2018: Year in Review

Our annual “Year in Review” sums up the most important intellectual property news and developments that unfolded over the past year in the Middle East, Africa, and their neighboring regions. As we have seen in previous years, the trend to ditch paper in favor of electronic filing is still on the rise. Algeria, Azerbaijan, Iran, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Saudi Arabia: Steady Development of the Protection of Intellectual Property

In September 2018, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participated in the 58th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is the first time SAIP represents as a high-level delegation in the WIPO general assembly meetings. The authorities concerned announced the upcoming launch of the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Saudi ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Kuwait: Trademark Renewal Going Online

Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the Kuwait as of late September 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the TMO’s new online system. It is worth noting that the online publication in official gazette will occur on later stage filing the renewal and paying the official ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 13th, 2019|News|

Bahrain: New Value Added Tax Rate

Following the recent introduction of value added tax in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, VAT is expected to be introduced in Bahrain as of January 1, 2019. 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. ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00February 12th, 2019|News|

Tunisia: Country Insights

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 include ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Oman: Patent Search Now Possible

The Patent Office in Oman announced that official equivalent patent searches are now possible. Accordingly, it is possible to search the patent database for patent applications filed or entered in Oman using the typical bibliographic data of the priority applications or PCT publications. In case the searches relate to pharmaceuticals patents, the following criteria may ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Qatar: Patent Grievances and Compulsory Licensing Committee Established

Now that the Patent Office in Qatar has been actively examining patent applications 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 procurement, Qatar issued Ministerial ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Qatar: Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law Enter into Force

Recently, and after much deliberation, the Patent Office in Qatar issued the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law. The Implementing Regulations entered into force on July 5, 2018. The long-awaited Implementing Regulations are expected to pave the way to a clearer patent procurement process. The Implementing Regulations confirm the present procedures in Qatar. As such, ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00October 3rd, 2018|News|

Kuwait: Expedited Examination of Pending Applications at the TMO

There have been controversial reports claiming that the Trademark Office in Kuwait issued a memo relating to a deadline for dealing with pending trademark applications filed prior to 2018. In fact, the TMO is presently examining all pending applications filed prior to 2018, and for that it called on all applicants and their representatives to ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00September 3rd, 2018|News|

Jordan: Reduced Registration Fees for Internationalized Country Code Top-Level Domain

In an effort to promote the registration of the internationalized country code top-level domain (“.alurdun”), the Jordan National Information Technology Center announced a reduction in the registration fees. Furthermore, the protection period became one year instead of two. The table below offers more information on Arabic domain names in the Middle East and North Africa. ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00September 3rd, 2018|News|

Saudi Arabia: Thousands of Counterfeits Destroyed Before Reaching Consumers

In their continuous efforts to eliminate imitation and fake goods, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment recently seized more than 17,000 counterfeit products bearing well-known brand names. The authorities concerned at the MCI will be taking the necessary legal procedures and referring the cases to the public prosecution, as this activity is considered a violation ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00September 3rd, 2018|News|

UAE: Introducing the New Federal Arbitration Law

Federal Law no. 6 of 2018, better known as the Federal Arbitration Law, entered into force in the United Arab Emirates on June 14, 2018. Before that, arbitration, which was commonplace in the UAE despite not having a dedicated law, was governed by Articles 203 to 218 of the Civil Procedures Code of 1992. The ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00September 3rd, 2018|News|

Yemen: TMO Reiterates that Class Headings Are No Longer Acceptable

The Trademark Office in Yemen reiterated that claiming class headings is not possible, as it recently stated in Ministerial Resolution no. 72 of 2018. Applicants are unable to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods or services. In other words, the actual language of the goods or services specified in ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|

Lebanon: Revised Procedures for the Recordal of Assignments and Mergers

The Trademark Office in Lebanon introduced revised procedures related to the recordal of assignments and mergers. Effective June 29, 2018, applicants must submit the original certificate of registration along with the application for the recordal of an assignment and/or merger as an additional documentary requirement. The TMO will then issue a new certificate afterwards, instead ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|

UAE: Trademark Renewals Going Online

Trademark renewals may be submitted electronically at the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates as of June 26, 2018. The new process involves uploading the supporting documents to the online system, along with a renewal announcement in two local newspapers. The certificate will then be issued instantaneously, which significantly speeds up the renewal process. ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|

Iran: Updates on Patent Annuities and Patent Term Expiration

Recently, and after much deliberation, the Iranian Intellectual Property Office issued a decision relating to the calculation of annuities and patent term expiration. According to the new decision, the following will apply: For new patent applications entered in Iran via PCT on or after May 30, 2018, the annuities due at the time of filing ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|

Iran: US Sanctions and IP Rights

In light of the recent decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran Deal, the United States is expected to begin reimposing certain sanctions on Iran. These sanctions, however, include a waiver that allows the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Iran. The provision, which may ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00August 8th, 2018|News|

MENA: USTR 301 Special Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the Special 301 Report on April 27, 2018, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. The MENA countries on the watch list are Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries do in fact maintain strong IP laws and are ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Yemen: New Regulations Related to Trademark Registration

The Trademark Office in Yemen announced new regulations related to trademark registration procedures. The regulations, which were promulgated through Ministerial Decision no. 20 of 2018, entered into force on March 18, 2018 and stipulate the following: The registration procedures of all pending applications must be completed within 12 months as from filing date; otherwise the ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

MENA: Recapping Recent Trademark Updates

With the advent of the INTA Annual Meeting this month, we address recent trademark updates including official fees, procedural changes, e-filing, packaging requirements. Increase in Official Fees and Introduction of VAT Be it directly or indirectly related to the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, we have witnessed throughout 2017 a considerable increase ...

2021-07-03T01:22:46+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Egypt: Country Insights

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 ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

MENA: Trademark Enforcement Measures

Protection and enforcement of Intellectual property rights are becoming essential aspects in driving growth, innovation and investment in the Middle East and North Africa. IP enforcement procedures and the possible measures vary significantly from one country to the other and trademark owners are able to benefit from a wide range of enforcement options. Generally speaking, ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Saudi Arabia: Customs Trademark Recordation and Watch Program

In the scope of their continuous efforts to create competent border enforcement measures and to provide effective protection, the Saudi Customs Authority and our local affiliate in Saudi Arabia signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with the in order to benefit from the trademark recordation system for registered trademarks. It is worth noting that Upon ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

OAPI: Adopting the Eleventh Edition of the Nice Classification

The African Intellectual Property Organization, better known by its French acronym OAPI, 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 should be ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Iran: Accession to the Locarno Agreement

Iran recently ratified its instrument of accession to the Locarno Agreement, which establishes a classification for industrial designs. The Agreement is expected to enter into force on July 12, 2018. By way of background, the Locarno Agreement stipulates procedures for establishing, amending and additionally creating international classification for industrial designs. The Locarno Classification consists of ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Bahrain: Substantive Examination of Pending Patent Applications

Following the news announcing the implementation of electronic filing of patent applications, the Patent Office in Bahrain is starting substantive examination of pending applications. Whereas there has been no official notice in this regard, we will be notifying our clients should the examination reports become available. Any change in the examination procedures and related official ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

Morocco: Online Issuance of Trademark Certificates

The Trademark Office in Morocco, which is known by its French acronym OMPIC, announced that trademark certificates will be issued electronically as of May 28, 2018. We are pleased to announce that our colleagues in Morocco utilized the system as soon as it became available, thus ensuring we were among the first to receive an ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|News|

MENA: An Overview of Infringement Exemptions

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 ...

2021-07-03T01:23:19+00:00July 18th, 2018|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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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: 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: 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: 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