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Vol. XX – Issue 1, Jan. 2016-Articles

Review of
Legal News of the Gulf

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Prologue for this Special Issue on the Trademark Laws of
UAE, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Guiding Principles
The purpose of this Special Issue of “lex arabiae” is to highlight to our esteemed readers, most of who are trading with or have business in the Middle East, important legal issues to protect their rights in the ME-Region effectively.

Pre-Registration Contracts in the UAE

Guiding Principles
Contracts which were concluded by either the shareholders or other third persons on behalf of the company before its registration was completed, will remain legally effective for the company once it is registered. No further transfer of rights to the company is required if the contracts were necessary for the foundation of the company. Any kind of legal action closely connected to the intended activities of the company shall be deemed to be necessary in this sense. Rights and obligations arising from any such contracts, which are not necessary for the foundation of the company, must be transferred to the company. The transfer can be carried out by implied actions.

Trademark Protection at Dubai Customs

Guiding Principles
Taking action against trademark infringements through Dubai Customs is an additional option for trademark owners to fight violations of their intellectual property rights. The additional registration  procedure at Dubai Customs should be taken into consideration as it is evident that most of the infringing goods are not produced within the UAE, but are imported. Dubai Customs may stop infringing products before entering the country.

Substantial Rise for IPRs Registration Fees in the United Arab Emirates

Guiding Principles
The Ministry of Economy in the United Arab Emirates has recently published a list of official fee increases for patent, trademark, design and copyright matters. The increases were made by Ministerial Decision No. 9 of 2015, which appeared in the Official Gazette dated 31 March 2015. The increases come into effect 60 days after publication – namely, on 29 May 2015.

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Guiding Principle
Intellectual property rights (IPRs) is a legal concept, which determines the manner of protection and the use of human intellectual creation. Protection of intellectual property and compilation of legal regulations in this regard have a long history in Iran. Moreover, new efforts for promotion of technological innovations in Iran during the recent years, have forced the Iranian officials and policy makers to pay more attention to the IPRs system.

Trademark Protection in the Kurdish Region of Iraq

Guiding Principle
The Trademark Office of the Kurdish Region of Iraq adopted the currently applicable schedule of fees of the Trademark Office of Baghdad by virtue of Ministerial Resolution No. 3306 dated on April 1, 2013. This decision became effective as of June 1, 2013.

At a Glance – Trademark Registration in Saudi Arabia

Guiding Principle
Trademarks in Saudi Arabia may be registered by Saudi citizens or entities; Saudi and foreign residents licensed to reside and practice commercial or handicraft business in Saudi Arabia; citizens of countries treating the Kingdom by reciprocity or citizens or residents of countries which are member of the relevant multilateral international conventions.

At a Glance – Trademark Registration in Egypt

Guiding Principle
As a result of the concerned international conventions and treaties, terms and procedures for registering trademarks are quite similar around the world. Egypt is no exception; the country is a member of all the respective agreements and its intellectual protection law does recognize the international rules.

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