IRAN – Trademark List of Goods/Services Must be Specific

According to the new practice of the Iranian Trademark Office, applicants cannot claim the entire class heading and must select from the pre-approved list of goods/services of the 10th Edition of Nice Classification system.

It’s also worth noting that applicants, in order to gain the broadest protection, should file their marks in different variations especially the version that will eventually be used on the products since protection is granted exactly as the mark was registered for.

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IRAQ – Trademark Searches Obligatory before Filing Trademarks

As of March 3, 2016, the Iraqi Trademark Office has issued new directives aiming to streamline and expedite the registration process. Below are the new directives:

  • Obligatory search before trademark registration has now been adopted with each class of goods or services to be searched separately with official request. The authorities confirmed that the time frame to conduct the official search will be 10 working days.
    • Depending upon the official search report, the trademark can be progressed to registration or a negative report can be challenged at the court of law.
    • The TMO has discontinued the practice of insisting on Arabic Transliteration to be included in the logo of the marks which are in non-Arabic languages.
    • The Registrar will continue accepting the new applications without the POA while the same can be filed belatedly within NON-EXTENDABLE SIX months from the filing date at no extra fees.
    • For recordal of assignment, change of name/address, mergers and license; all requisite documents are to be submitted in the original at the time of filing. According to the current practice the original documents could be filed at a later stage after filing.
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SAUDI ARABIA – Increase in Trademark Renewal Publication Fees

As of March 27, 2016, the Saudi Trademark Office has increased the publication fees for Trademark renewals by 10 folds from 300 SAR to 3000 SAR (US$ 800). The TM Office also indicated that they will no longer require the original registration certificate for endorsement of renewals on their backs, as it was the process before, however no final decision has been made in this regard.

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U.A.E. – Increase of IP Official Fees by 100% Starting May 29, 2015

The Cabinet Ministers of UAE announced the increased of official fees for a wide range of services provided by the Ministry of Economy including all IP related official fees by 100%.

The said increase will take effect starting May 29, 2015 and will apply retroactively to any and all pending applications. Thus, owners of pending applications must pay the difference in official publication & registration fees.

 

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QATAR – PCT National Phase Fees Must include Annuity Fees as of the Int’l Filing Date

The Intellectual Property Office in Qatar issued notification stating that Annuity fees must be paid along with the filing fees for all new Patent Applications filed under the PCT. Annuities will be calculated as of the International filing date and not the actual filing date in Qatar. Thus, if the International filing date precedes the national filing date by a year or two, the 2nd and 3rd annuities must be paid along with the national filing fees in Qatar.

 

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VENEZUELA – New Increased Fees for all IP Matters

The Venezuelan PTO just published the new increased fees for all IP matters in Venezuela. The new increased fees are very dramatic and disproportionate prompting the local association of Industrial Property Agents to file an appeal with the Supreme Court hoping to block the increase in official Fees.

As of May 28, 2015, foreign applicants/owners will have to pay such fees in US Dollars directly to the PTO’s account.

Below are few examples of the new increased fees:

-Trademark Grant & certificate Issuance fees US$ 1,547.00

-Trademark Renewal fees US$ 2,380.00

-Assignment / Merger per each application US$ 2,380.00

-Patent Application fees           US$ 2,380.00

-Patent – 2nd Annuity fees US$ 4,761.00

-Patents – 3rd Annuity fees US$ 7,142.00

-Patent – 4th Annuity fees US$ 9,532.00

-Patent – 5th Annuity fees US$ 11,904.00

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ARMENIA – US-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA)

The US-Armenia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) was established on May 7, 2015 to discuss bilateral trade & investment between the two countries. It is expected that TIFA will enhance opportunities for a serious trade between U.S.A. and Armenia, thereby boosting the export industry and will lead to establishing more favorable laws for bilateral trade.

Thus, it is recommended for brand owners to register & protect their marks in Armenia in anticipation of the increase in trade. It is worth noting that there is a huge appetite for luxury goods and famous brands in Armenia.

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BURUNDI – New Trademark Rules

Although the implementing regulations, for the newly enacted Industrial Property Law ofJuly 28, 2009 are missing, the Trademark Registry has indicated that all marks registered on or afterJuly 28, 2009 will be subject to the provisions of the new Law, meaning:

  • Registration term will be 10 years from filing date.
  • Renewal date will also be 10 years with a grace period of 6 months with surcharge.
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PHILIPPINES – Accession to Madrid Protocol

The Madrid Protocol came into force in thePhilippinesas ofJuly 25, 2012and some of the highlights are:

  • The time limit to notify a refusal is 18 months.
  • Trademark owners who desire to designate the Philippines have to pay an individual fee to extend protection.
  • Applications will be examined chronologically and no preference will be given to    international applications.
  • Applications will be subject to the requirement of a Declaration of Actual use, which
  •   carries additional fees to be paid to the IPOPHL through a resident Agent.
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ARMENIA – Power of Attorney Requirements

The Armenian Trademarks Office has waived the requirements for Notarized power of attorneys and thus, simply signed power of attorneys are now acceptable.

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