The Syrian Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection recently issued the Ministerial Decision No. 1171 of 2016 regarding the increase in official fees of trademarks and designs. The decision was published in the Official Gazette, and entered into force on May 22, 2016. Pursuant to this decision, the fee increase will be applied to the following: search, publication and administrative fees for application forms related to new applications for designs and trademarks, and include all the recordals (e.g., assignment, changes, etc.), as well as those retroactively to those applications, for which relevant first or second publication fees have not yet been paid.