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Trademarks

General Information
  • Classification - 11th edition — multiclass filing
  • Search - Possible for word and device marks
  • Examination - Formality and substantive
  • Opposition period - 60 days from publication date
  • Extension of time - Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions
  • Term of protection - 10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods
  • Use - Mark vulnerable to cancellation action by interested parties if there is no bona fide use of the mark for a period of 5 consecutive years from registration date

Filing Requirements
  • Signed and stamped Power of Attorney.
  • List of the goods and/or the services (classes) covered by the application in French.
  • In case of claiming priority certified copy of the priority document is required

Renewal
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed.
  • The number, date and the list of the goods of the trademark registration and the owner and his/her address

Assignment
  • Power of Attorney by the assignee simply signed and stamped.
  • Deed of Assignment executed by the assignor and assignee together with its French or Arabic translation.

Merger
  • Power of Attorney simply signed and stamped.
  • Certificate of merger with its French or Arabic translation.

License
  • Power of Attorney by the licensee, simply signed and stamped.
  • License agreement executed and sealed by both parties together with its French or Arabic translation.

Change of Name or Address
  • Recordal of Change of Name -
  • Signed and stamped Power of Attorney.
  • Certificate proving the change of name or an extract from the Commercial Register translated into French or Arabic.
  • Recordal of Change of Address -
  • Power of Attorney showing the new address, simply signed and stamped.

Patents

General Information
  • Search - May be done by title and patentee name
  • Examination - Formality only
  • Publication - Patents are published in the Industrial Property Bulletin upon acceptance
  • Opposition period - 2 months from publication date
  • Annuities - Paid annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and can be paid before grant. A grace period of 6 months is allowed for late payment of annuities with an extra charge
  • Term of protection - 20 years from the international filing date
  • Exploitation - It is mandatory to exploit the patent after grant within a period of 4 years

Filing Requirements
  • Two copies of the specification in English, French or Arabic.
  • Two sets of the formal drawings.
  • A certified copy of the basic application is required when filing a convention application. The priority document should be submitted within 90 days as of the date of application.
  • For PCT applications; the IPRP together with the publication sheet should be submitted.

Assignment
  • A simply signed and stamped Power of Attorney by the assignee.
  • Deed of assignment executed by the assignor and assignee, together with its French or Arabic translation.

Merger
  • Power of attorney simply signed.
  • Merger agreement document signed by both parties, with French translation.

License
  • Power of Attorney by the licensee simply signed and stamped.
  • License agreement executed and sealed by both parties together with its French or Arabic translation.

Change of Name or Address
  • Recordal of Change of Name -
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed and stamped.
  • Certificate proving the change of name or an extract from the Commercial Register translated into French or Arabic.
  • Recordal of Change of Address -
  • Power of Attorney showing the new address simply signed and stamped.

Industrial designs

General Information
  • Term of protection - Options include 5, 10 or 15 years from filing date
  • Examination - Formality only
  • Application with multiple figures - Acceptable up to 50 views
  • Renewal - Allowed for two consecutive periods of 5 years each for the 5 years protection term option, and for a further period of 5 years for the 10 years protection term option

Filing Requirements
  • Power of attorney simply signed.
  • Certified copy of the priority document if claimed, with French translation.
  • Four sets of the design.
  • Four copies of the summary description of the design, in French or Arabic language.

Assignment
  • Power of attorney signed by the assignee.
  • Deed of assignment document signed by the assignor and assignee, with French translation

Merger
  • Power of attorney simply signed.
  • Merger agreement document signed by both parties, with French translation.

License
  • Power of attorney signed by the licensee.
  • License agreement document signed by both parties, with French translation.

Change of Name or Address
  • Power of attorney reflecting the new name or address simply signed.
  • Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or the extract from the commercial register reflecting the change, with French translation.



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