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Iraq: A Trademark Clearance Search is Now Required Prior to Submitting a Trademark Application

The Iraq trademark office now requires that a trademark clearance search be completed prior to submitting a trademark application.  It is expected that this new requirement will reduce the backlog of work the TMO is experiencing. If the proposed trademark is found to be available following the clearance search, the application will then follow the standard registration procedure. This revised practice will not apply to Paris convention applications in order to safeguard the priority period.

All documents related to the assignment of the mark, must be submitted at original time of filing- not at a later stage.  New applications may be filed without a Power of Attorney, but the POA must be filed within six months of filing date.

An Arabic transliteration is no longer required to be included in the logo of those trademarks which are not in the Arabian language.