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

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 decree issued?
A: No
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*Until 1 month following business as usual.

BAHRAIN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

EGYPT
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes (04-May-20)
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

GAZA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: No
Q: Can we file applications?
A: No
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes as there is no ability to submit documents now
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

GCC PTO
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes*
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes**
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes
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* online services
** Until first working day

IRAN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes (in official house of TMO working days)
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes*
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No
Related links:
* file requests with scanned copies of documents and 60 days are provided to send the originals. This can be extended for another 60-day period

IRAQ
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Partially (Working only on deadlines)
Q: Can we file applications?
A: No
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

JORDAN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes*
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes
Related links:
* We can settle the filing publication fees online>
However, all the deadline of the oppositions, reply to refusal, appeal etc.. Have been extended 40 days starting from the date that the TMO in Jordan resumed work (24-Apr-20)

KUWAIT
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: No
Q: Can we file applications?
A: No
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes*
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes
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* till 28-May-20

LEBANON
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Partially*
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 decree issued?
A: No
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*3 hours per day with 1 or 2 employees

LIBYA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

MOROCCO
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes
Related links:
*Online Services Only

OMAN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: No
Q: Can we file applications?
A: No
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes, TMO stopped calculating deadlines
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes, until further notice
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes

QATAR
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes Online
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes, for POAs only
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No
Related links:
*only annuities, replies to refusals and oppositions, oppositions, and renewals can be filed
Qatar no bank transfer to pay directly in TMO

SAUDI ARABIA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Ability to submit a simply signed PoA with a pledge in Saudi - Yes until 30 of May
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes till 30-May-20
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes

SUDAN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: No
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes

SYRIA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

TUNISIA
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: No
Q: Can we file applications?
A: No
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes – April 6, 2020
Q: Official decree issued?
A: Yes
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N.B : only oppositions will be sent via email to the TMO, that’s why we are allowed to file oppositions.
Decree No. 2020-28 of the President of the Republic of Tunisia dated 22 March 2020

UAE
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Ability to submit a simply signed PoA with a pledge
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No Official Statement
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No
Related links:
* TMO procedures and administrative hearings are all taking place remotely and smoothly

WEST BANK
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Electronically only
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: Yes as there is no ability to submit documents now
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: No
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: Yes*
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No
Related links:
*Yes, the POA submission is extended up to three months as of the end of the status of emergency declared due to COVID-19

YEMEN
Q: Is the IP office Operational?
A: Yes
Q: Can we file applications?
A: Yes
Q: Can we delay submission of documents?
A: No
Q: Can we file oppositions?
A: Yes
Q: Are deadlines postponed?
A: No
Q: Official decree issued?
A: No

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