November 14, 2017

Iraq:  New Stipulations Come Into Force in November 1, 2017

On October 30, 2017, the Iraqi Trademark Office issued new directives which have brought into force the stipulations of article No. 15 of Iraqi Trademark Law No. 26 of 1957 pertaining to the publication of renewals, recordals of change of name & address, merger, assignment, etc. in the Official Gazette. According to the notified decision, an official fee of IQD 200000 (equivalent to USD $169.49) will be incurred for the above-mentioned actions and will be applied to newly filed applications  and retroactively for pending applications which have not yet been issued with their certificates.  The new fees entered into force as of November 1, 2017. Source:
November 14, 2017

France:  Filing of Trademark/Design Applications Electronically Only

The French National Trademark Office (INPI) recently posted information on its website ( that effective October 6, 2017 the filing of a trademark and design can only be done electronically through the website. Additionally, as of November 2, 2017, procedural exchanges, withdrawal declarations and requests for correction of material errors can only be filed on line. Source:
November 7, 2017

Saudi Arabia:   Value Added Tax to Become Effective as of January 1, 2018

  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are expected to implement the Valued Added Tax (VAT) effective January 1, 2018. The VAT will apply to goods and services at the standard rate of five percent, with some limited exceptions on basic food items, healthcare and education. Source:  Saba IP
November 2, 2017

Egypt: Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017

The Trademark Office in Egypt announced that the official fees for trademark matters have considerably increased across the board in comparison with their previous level.  The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017 and will cover new as well as pending applications. Source:  SABA IP
November 2, 2017

Syria: Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017

  Syria:  Increase in Official Fees Effective October 15, 2017 Pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 2133 of 2017, the official fees for publication of trademarks and designs have increased in Syria.  The new rates became effective as of October 15, 2017. Source:  SABA IP
October 25, 2017

Brazil: Software Act Specifically Designed for the Protection of Software

“Software in Brazil is protected by copyright as they are considered a literary work. This protection covers the literal aspects of the software, which is to say, its source or object code. It is important to mention that the Brazilian copyright law does not protect technical and functional aspects of a code, although there are no restrictions on protecting it by means of other industrial property registrations. In Brazil, Software Registration is optional since the intellectual right emerges from the work itself. Unlike other countries that use only copyright law to protect software, in Brazil there is a specific act on the protection of software, known as the Software Act. Regarding unspecified aspects in the Software Act, what is established by Copyright Law must be observed. The term for Software protection in Brazil is 50 years as from January 1st of the subsequent year of the creation or publication of the program. Software can be kept in secret and only be disclosed by court order or by request of the owner of such right.”   Source:
October 12, 2017

Egypt: Increase in Official Fees for Trademarks Effective October 15, 2017

The Egyptian Trademark Office has announced that effective October 15, 2017, the Official Fees for trademarks will be increased.   Source:  ELDIB & Co.
October 12, 2017

Europe: EPO and EAPO Start Fast-Track Patent Examination

Inventors and businesses applying for patent protection at the EPO and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) will now be able to benefit from fast-track patent examination at both offices, following the entry into force of the joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The PPH also permits each participating patent office to share and re-use existing work results.   Source:
October 12, 2017

Tunisia: Validation Agreement between EPO and Tunisia to Enter Into Force on December 1, 2017

The President of the European Patent Office, and the Director-General of Tunisia’s National Standardization and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI), Amel Ben Farhat, announced today that starting December 1, 2017 European Patents can be validated in Tunisia and thus regarded as national Tunisian ones. The validation agreement with Tunisia, the third to enter into force following similar agreements with Morocco and the Republic of Moldova, will bring to 43 the number of countries where an invention can be protected through the single European examination and grant procedure. Source:
October 11, 2017

EPO:  New Guidelines Published for Examination of Claim Amendments

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published new guidelines for examination of claim amendments which will enter into force on November 1, 2017.  The Guidelines cover, among other things: formalities examination, search, procedural aspects of substantive examination, patentability, corrections and amendments. For more information: