JAH takes great pleasure in keeping its readers apprised with regards to the recent updates in our jurisdictions:
The Qatari Patent Office has recently started receiving and processing local and international applications for patents and copyrights in electronic form by dedicating an online Portal https://services.mec.gov.qa. Trademarks applications are expected to follow suit soon.
As one of the most advanced jurisdictions in this region, Qatar IP Department is pouring strenuous efforts into updating its system and procedures. Furthermore, Qatar approved the Industrial Designs Draft Law along with its Implementing Regulations on March 15, 2017 which is expected to bring changes to the existing system for design protection in the country which involves publishing of cautionary notices.
It should be noted that as there is no statutory design protection in force in Qatar, the only available means for protecting designs is through publishing cautionary notices in Arabic and English in local newspapers. Cautionary notices define the owner’s interest in industrial property, announce the ownership thereto and alert the public against any possible infringement. Such publication of notices could be of considerable assistance in case of litigation. There is no standing regulation as to when a cautionary notice should be republished. A cautionary notice is not as effective as a registration and is not deposited with any government department. Consequently, republication of cautionary notices at reasonable intervals acts as a reminder to the public and helps ward off eventual infringers.
We are pleased to announce that Jordan has become the 152nd member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the most recent Arab state to accede to the PCT. The Treaty is expected to enter into force on June 9, 2017 and in the meantime an awareness campaign and training is being undertaken by the Jordanian Patent Office.
Please note that the Trademark Office in Libya is currently issuing the Registration Certificates of the trademarks holding the filing numbers from 6000 to 6500. Given the current circumstances in Libya and the backlog of applications at the Trademark Office, the issuance of the registration certificates is expected to face delays. However, we are pleased to announce that applicants who are interested in obtaining any official certificate proving that their trademarks have been registered with the Libyan Trademarks Office can obtain an official testimony confirming the registration of any trademark whose term of opposition has passed without third party action. For more information on the matter, please feel free to contact us.