Jordan Joins the International Patent System

Jordan became the 152nd member of the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the central node of the international patent system, when Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Saja Majali, deposited on March 9, 2017 her country’s instrument of accession to the PCT with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

Jordan: Customs Recordal

Border measures are a key tool in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy and a critical element of a successful intellectual property enforcement system.

IRAN: Trademark Requirements Revised

Iran recently announced that a legalized extract from the commercial register is required for new trademark applications and oppositions and must be submitted within 60 days from filing date...

UAE: Improving the Patent Landscape

The United Arab Emirates recently signed a cooperation agreement with South Korea aimed towards improving the national patent landscape in the UAE.

Qatar Implemented Electronic Filing for Patent Applications

The Qatari Patent Office recently announced that it will begin receiving and processing local and international applications in electronic form.

MENA: Nice Classification 11th Edition

As we approach the end of the year’s first quarter, Lebanon and Tunisia join Algeria, Cyprus, and Jordan in adopting the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. The aforementioned jurisdictions are now ready to serve applications for goods and services in the updated classes. Other Trademark Offices in the Middle East and North Africa have still not announced the adoption of the 11th edition, however.

Jordan: A Reminder to All Organizations to Include Arabic on Their Signboards

According to the Law No. 35 of the year 2015 on protection of Arabic language all new organizations included in the law should add Arabic to their signboard or they will be fined...

New Copyright law in Kuwait

In November 2014, Kuwait was moved from the US Trade Representative (USTR)'s Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch list, on the basis that it was not adequately and effectively protecting intellectual property rights - in particular because of non-deterrent penalties, and non-compliance of Kuwait's copyright law with international standards. Kuwait is the only GCC country to appear on the U.S. watch lists.

Qatar Establishes a Patent Committee

In April 2016, the Qatari Cabinet approved the establishment of a Patent Grievances Committee. The Committee is charged with handling enforcement and litigation concerning patent registrations and compulsory licenses to exploit inventions. It is be headed by the Director of the Patent Office and composed of representatives from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and Qatar Chamber of Commerce.

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