Category Archives: News and Updates

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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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