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Iraq:  Updated Trademark Registration System

The Iraqi Trademark Office suspended all pending applications with filing numbers ranging between 50,000 and 72,000, due to the huge backlog of work at the TMO.  Applicants must re-file their applications at the TMO, but will still benefit from prior rights.

This news follows the introduction of a new procedure at the TMO for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address, which entails the publication of notices in the Official Gazette.  An additional fee for publication is associated with this revised practice.

Source:  SABA IP