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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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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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BOTSWANA – Industrial Property Act comes into Effect

The new Industrial Property Act 2010 just came into effect onSeptember 1, 2012. Some of the mail elements of the Law are: PATENTS PCT applications are now possible since its accession to the Treaty in 2003. Utility Models are now … Continue reading

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ISRAEL – Multi-Class Applications are now Permitted

According to the new amendment to the Trademark Ordinance following TRIPPS, Multi-Class applications are now permitted and there is no need to file a separate application for each class. As for earlier applications for the same mark in each class … Continue reading

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MALAYSIA – Adoption of 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Malaysian Trademark Office has adopted the 10th Edition of Nice Classification as of January 1, 2012. Thus, applications file after December 31, 2011 will be classified according to the new 10th Edition. As for earlier application filed before January … Continue reading

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SUDAN – Trademark Requirements

Recently the Trademark Office has issued a circular to Owners & Trademark Agents to observe the following conditions: Power of Attorney must be stamped by Corporate Seal and Notarized by Notary Public  (No further legalization is required). The Notarized Power … Continue reading

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JAPAN – Similarity of Goods after the 10th Edition of Nice Classification

The Japanese Trademark Office recently adopted the 10th Edition of the Nice Classification and consequently has revised the domestic rule of judging the similarity of goods and Services. Some examples of the revision of judgment of similarity of goods, as … Continue reading

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MOROCCO – Enhancement of Trademark Law

A new Moroccan Law No. 31-05 was approved by the Parliament and published in the Official Gazette No. 5397 of February 20, 2006. The new law extends protection to patents for invention, layout-designs (topographies) of integrated circuits, industrial designs and … Continue reading

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