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 international practices. The laws provide for the basic filing and priority rights, allowed subject matter, clear definitions of the patent ownersâ rights and, most importantly, the legal recourse for asserting and enforcing these rights.
As is the case whenever there is an attempt to discuss IP matters for the MENA region, it is not possible to describe the various articles and provisions in every country without boring the reader. There are certain statements that can be made generally; however, in this article, the focus will be on one or two countries based on their market size and also based on country experience in such matters.
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