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Saudi Arabia
May 2020

Contributor: Rimi Kbar, Alyafi IP Group, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
INTA Bulletins—Middle East and Africa Subcommittee

Verifier: Mohammad Al Faouri, Meshal Al Akeel Law Firm (member of CWB Group), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Following the decision of the Council of Ministers to approve

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Doha - Qatar
May 2020

Eid al-Fitr Holidays for Ministries, other Government entities and Public Institutions starts on Tuesday, Ramadan 26, 1441 Hijri / May 19 and ends on Thursday, May 28, according to an Amiri Diwan announcement. Employees will resume their work on Sunday, May 31.
As for Qatar Central Bank (

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Saudi Arabia
May 2020

Saudi Arabia will triple value added tax and suspend the cost of living allowance for state workers starting 1-Jul-20.

The change in VAT is to counter the impact of the low oil prices due to the COVID pandemic. According to the Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, “The cost of living

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Arabic Countries
May 2020

ALGERIA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: 2-3 Hours per day
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: NA
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes*
Q: Official

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Arabic Countries
April 2020

ALGERIA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: 2-3 Hours per day
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: NA
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes*
Q: Official

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Arabic Countries
April 2020

UPDATES ON LOCAL IP OFFICES WORKING HOURS AND PROCEDURES DUE TO COVID 19

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Kuwait
March 2020

Public-Private Sectors will be closed for a period of two weeks from 12 to 26 March, 2020 and work will resume on March 29 within the framework of confronting the coronavirus spread. According to an official statement from Kuwaiti Government Spokesman Tarik Al-Muzaram

We remain at your

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Gaza - Palestine
March 2020

The trademark office issued a notice that a certified copy of the commercial register (license) of both parties (the opponent and applicant) should be submitted along with an opposition of cancellation action.
This new requirement has not been as of 3-Mar-20, we will keep you apprised of

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Kuwait
December 2019

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Kuwait announced an update in collecting the fees for all patent related matters. As per Ministerial Decree and in line with other GCC countries, annuities will be collected between January and March of the year the annuity is due on. Failure to settle

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United Arab of Emirates
October 2019

ABU-DHABI – The government of the United Arab Emirates has issued a notification announcing that a mark accepted after a final decision is issued relating to an opposition or rejection against the said mark, must should be registered within 30 days after the expiry of the time limit for filing

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