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Libya
February 2021
العلامات التجارية في ليبيا – إلغاء فترة السماح للتجديدات المتأخرة

The new Libyan Minister of Economy has issued decision No. 184 relating to trademarks. The decision issued was to cancel the former Minister of Economy’s decision No. 201 of 2018 which provided brand owners with an additional grace period to renew trademarks beyond the legal grace period due to

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International
April 2021
اليوم العالمي للملكية الفكرية، الشركات الصغيرة والمتوسطة والملكية الفكرية: نقل أفكارك إلى السوق

WIPO has announced the topic of the next World Intellectual Property Day celebrated each year on the 26th of April, to promote and spread the role of Intellectual Property that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

For the year 2021, the topic

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
January 2021

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - In its 41st meeting on 5 January 2021, the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has approved the amended GCC Patent Law (Regulation). The significant change is that the GCC Patent Office (GCCPO) will cease the unified patent filing system for the GCC’s six

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Saudi Arabia
November 2020
المنتدى العالمي لتحديات الملكية الفكرية بالمملكة العربية السعودية

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Lets Move Ahead With IP-Watch 2.0: We Need Your Input!

What’s new in the international policymaking on intellectual property, innovation and information? What’s at stake at this year’s @WIPO Assemblies? This is first year since 2004 that @IP-Watch has not been at the #WIPOGA to bring you the latest news on critical policy deliberations and outcomes, new initiatives and emerging issues. The good news is […]

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Oman
September 2020

With effect 17th September 2020, the Trademark office in Oman has revised the total official charges for filing a trade mark in one class and has requested full official fees be settled at the time of filing in a single payment. This amount is for all the charges up to the issuing of the final

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Health Policy Watch – Continuing The IP-Watch Tradition Of Vibrant Health Reporting

Following today’s announcement of a one-year pause on IP-Watch reporting, we invite all IP-Watch readers to sign up here for free daily, weekly or monthly news bulletins from our sister publication, Health Policy Watch, which will include health-related IP reporting as part of its portfolio. You can follow Health Policy Watch (www.healthpolicy-watch.org) on Twitter @HealthPolicyW.

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Transition At IP-Watch: A New Path Forward

Dear Readers, After 15 years of original, independent, thoughtful, and timely reporting on global policymaking from the inside, Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch) is announcing today a pause on reporting services as it embarks on a transition phase to devise new strategies for future work.

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Inside Views: Everything Is Obvious

Ryan Abbott writes: For more than sixty years, “obviousness” has set the bar for patentability.  Under this standard, if a hypothetical “person having ordinary skill in the art” would find an invention obvious in light of existing relevant information, then the invention cannot be patented.  This skilled person is defined as a non-innovative worker with a limited knowledge-base.  The more creative and informed the skilled person, the more likely an invention will be considered obvious.  The standard has evolved since its introduction, and it is now on the verge of an evolutionary leap: Inventive machines are increasingly being used in research, and once the use of such machines becomes standard, the person skilled in the art should be a person using an inventive machine, or just an inventive machine.  Unlike the skilled person, the inventive machine is capable of innovation and considering the entire universe of prior art.  As inventive machines continue to improve, this will increasingly raise the bar to patentability, eventually rendering innovative activities obvious.  The end of obviousness means the end of patents, at least as they are now.

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