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 follows other recent updates that took place in Saudi Arabia, the most noteworthy of these include: (1) the change of the opposition procedure from a purely legal process to an administrative proceeding, and (2) the shift to online filing of applications for trademark renewals, with the possibility for the e-filing of trademark recordals in the near future. 

These are but a few major highlights of high profile events in Saudi Arabia that are indicative of the country’s drive and motivation to develop its own innovation and economic systems. 

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