ADDED Forms a Committee for Reviewing and Studying Patent Applications Submitted to Takamul

ADDED issued a resolution for the formation of a committee for reviewing and studying patents to be headed by HE. Khalid Mohamed Al Kaabi, Executive Director of Policy and Legislation Affairs. The Committee will study and review patent applications as per Tekamal's regulations and instructions and the laws applicable in the UAE.

GCC: Strengthening the Patent System

The General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China on May 28, 2017. The MOU is aimed at strengthening the patent system and increasing bilateral cooperation between the GCC and China in the field of intellectual property.

Kuwait: A Ray of Hope

The Kuwaiti Patent Office announced that, in collaboration with the Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office, they have completed the formality examination for all pending Kuwaiti patent applications. It is expected that the Kuwaiti Patent Office will communicate this news directly with the agent of records and advise on the next steps—that are still not clear for the time being.

Jordan: PCT Enters into Force

After years of preparation, workshops, and meetings, Jordan has finally taken the leap and acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty on March 9, 2017. Given that the Treaty has effectively entered into force today, on June 9, 2017, all international applications, filed on this date or after, will designate Jordan (JO) for national stage entry.

IP and the Public Interest Premieres at WTO TRIPS Council Next Week

It has become a tradition at the World Trade Organization committee on intellectual property to have an agenda item on intellectual property and innovation, and next week’s meeting is no exception. More noticeable on the agenda of the committee next week is an item on intellectual property and the public interest that addresses compulsory licensing.

Helwan University Inaugurating the First Scientific Library Specialized in Intellectual Property

Dr. Majid Najem, Acting President of Helwan University, inaugurates the first scientific library specialized in intellectual property in the Middle East at the National Institute of Intellectual Property at Helwan University.

“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

ast week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment that “GOOGLE” trademark registrations (Reg. Nos. 2884502, 2806075) are not subject to cancellation for genericness.

Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke

If you’re still looking for holiday gift for that special someone, the Second Circuit has your back. Fresh off the docket, the Second Circuit gave its blessing to My Other Bag’s line of parody canvas tote bags. For additional background...

Fictional Restaurant Wins Trademark Battle: The Krusty Krab

A couple years ago, a real-life, above-water company IJR Capital Investments filed an intent-to-use trademark application (Serial No. 86470477) for the mark THE KRUSTY KRAB for “restaurant services.” Viacom (the distributor of the show and parent company to Nickelodeon) objected through a cease-and-desist letter to IJR, asking it to withdraw its trademark application and change the name of its restaurant.

UK Joining Hague Agreement

Users of registered designs will be pleased to hear that the UK Minister for Intellectual Property, Jo Johnson, has recently stated that the UK will ratify and join the Hague Agreement for International Design registrations by 31 March 2018.

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