Afghanistan : Accession to Madrid Protocol

Afghanistan became the 101st member to join the Madrid Protocol on March 26, 2018. The Protocol is expected to enter into force on June 26, 2018.

UAE:Search Goes Online

Given the recent trend in going paperless in the region, the Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates announced that official searches will be conducted online as of April 21, 2019.

Bahrain: E-Filing of Patents

The Patent Office in Bahrain recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form.

Saudi Arabia: Partnering Up with the EPO

King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology, where the Saudi Patent Office resides, signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Patent Office.

Kuwait: Country Updates

Maps of the Middle East illustrate Kuwait as a small country in the region. But what the country lacks in geographic size, it makes up in economic impact.

Syria: Fifth Circuit to Handle IP Matters

The Fifth Civil Court of First Instance (Fifth Circuit) in Syria recently announced that it will be handling all intellectual property related matters in lieu of the First Circuit, which typically

Iraq: Say it in Latin

The Trademark Office in Iraq announced that trademark applications may be filed in Latin script without having to submit the Arabic transliteration of the mark.

MENA: Sowing the Seeds for the Protection of Plant Varieties

Plant variety laws, among other norms of positive legal systems such as trademark and patent laws, were introduced in the past in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa region, either b

Brother Thelonious Monks Likeness Protectable Decades After Death

Earlier this month, a California federal judge kept alive a suit brought by the estate of famous jazz musician Thelonious Monk against North Coast Brewing Co.

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