Please be advised that the Iranian Trademarks Registrar has revised the requirements for filing of a trademark application in which a copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract of a commercial register has to be now legalized up to Consulate of Iran abroad. Under the old practice, the Iranian Trademarks Registrar was not strict in requiring such legalization of the certificate of incorporation and it was a rarely requested requirement and a scanned copy used to be sufficient in this regards. However, now the Iranian Trademarks registrar has applied this requirement strictly and a copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract of commercial register has to be legalized up to the Iranian Consulate abroad for new trademark applications and oppositions and must be submitted within 60 days from filing date provided that a simply copy is presented at the time of filing, this deadline may be extended by a period of extra two months.
Please note that in October 2016 GCC Trademark Law was implemented in Saudi Arabia, stipulating publication charges for the recordal of change of name and address in the official Gazette; however, these publication fees were not applied immediately and thus JAH was charging only the exact Official fees for the recordal action excluding publication fees. Now, the Saudi Trademarks Office has implemented the publication of recordal of change of name and address and accordingly have applied the relative fees for the aforementioned actions which is equivalent to 500 SAR or 135 USD as of 01/01/2017 for new recordal cases only and it is not applied retroactively.
KURDISTAN ( Northern Iraq)
Referring to our earlier circular announcing the suspension of trademark operations in this jurisdiction we are pleased to inform that the independent trademark office operating in Northern Iraq( Kurdistan) from Erbil has confirmed that they will recommence their services as of January 12, 2017.
Please note that the Kuwait Trademarks Office has stipulated the payment of official publication fees for the recordal of change of name, address, assignment and actions in the official gazette with effect from January 1, 2017 and it will also be applied retroactively for all such actions applied since increase in official fees which came into effect on January 1, 2016.
Also, there has also been a verbal circular issued by the Trademark Office stating that it is mandatory to submit a simple copy of the certificate of incorporation or certificate of incorporation without notarization or legalization. Earlier there was only the need for the legalized power of attorney for filing of trademark applications.
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