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JAH Jurisdictional Update UAE, Yemen and latest Covid 19 TMO Closures - JAH CO.IP
JAH Jurisdictional Update UAE, Yemen and latest Covid 19 TMO Closures

We wish to kindly keep you abreast of the happenings in the various jurisdictions under our purview:

 

UAE Reduce Official Fees

 

As per the Cabinet Ministerial Decision 20/2020 with respect to the services offered by Ministry of Economy issued on 31st March which takes effect from today 5th April 2020 the UAE has announced a range of discounts on existing fees for services.

This decision is intended to support companies both local and foreign affected by the dramatic impact of the global pandemic Covid 19 on the economy.

 

The detailed reduced charges can be accessed here as issued by the Cabinet; a few notable highlights being:

 

Search fees have been reduced from 500 AED (137 USD) to 350 AED (95 USD)

Trademark Filing fees have been reduced from 1000 AED (273 USD) to 750 AED (204 USD)

Trademark Publication fees have been reduced from 1000 AED (273 USD) to 750 AED (204 USD)

Trademark Registration stage have been reduced from 6700 AED (1824 USD) to 5000 AED (1361 USD)

Trademark Renewal fees stage have been reduced from 8700 AED (2370 USD) to 6500 AED (1771 USD)

Opposition fees reduced from 10,000 AED (2730 USD) to 7500 AED (2040 USD)

Appeal against TMO opposition decision from 10,000 AED (2730 USD) to 7500 AED (2040 USD)

 

Our accounts department is currently updating JAH charges and will be available upon request.

 

YEMEN: Mandatory Trademark registrations for products of medical use

 

The general Directorate of Intellectual Property issued an announcement ordering pharmaceutical and medical appliances to obtain a legal protection of their rights in their trademarks through registration in order to stop bad faith registration of such marks and possible infringements by third parties this is because they have experienced many opposition and dispute commercial cases over imitation and infringement of such trademarks.

 

As per the erstwhile practice there was no need for manufacturers or exporters of such products to trademark their goods and only had to register their products at Supreme Authority of Medicines and Medical Appliances.

 

MENA jurisdiction measures against the global pandemic (updated 5/4/2020)

 

ALGERIA: Limited working hours from March 22, 2020 until April 10, 2020. A grace period of one month will be granted once business is back to usual.

 

BAHRAIN: The TMO is functioning normally. No extension of deadlines announced as all necessary documents are submitted online.

 

DJIBOUTI: All operations suspended until further notice and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the TMO reopens for business.

 

ETHIOPIA: All operations suspended until further notice. All deadlines falling during the shutdown have been extended to 20th April 2020

 

EGYPT: All operations suspended until April 10, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

GAZA: All operations suspended until further notice and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the TMO reopens for business.

 

IRAQ: All operations suspended until April 11, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

IRAN: The TMO working hours reduced with most staff working remotely. No extension of deadlines announced yet.

 

JORDAN: All operations suspended until April 14, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

KURDISTAN (North Iraq): All operations suspended until April 10, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

KUWAIT: All operations suspended until April 12, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

LEBANON: All operations suspended until April 14, 2020; the TMO is however planning to operate partially in rotation with limited staff from 6/4/2020.

 

LIBYA: The TMO Is operating partially with reduced number of hours

 

MOROCCO: The TMO is functional for all online services with recordals being suspended for the time being until further notice.

 

OMAN: All operations suspended until further notice and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the TMO reopens for business.

 

PAKISTAN: All operations suspended until April 14, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

QATAR: The PTO is functioning with reduced number of hours with only 20% of staff working at office and rest working remotely; they are only accepting physical requests for renewals and oppositions. All actions to be undertaken online continue without hindrance whilst recordal actions are suspended until further notice.

 

On 5th of April it has been decided through an official communique by Head of Intellectectual Property Directorate to suspend all legal deadlines and penalties stipulated by Qatar IP Laws respecting the force majeure resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic along with the inability of applicants/registrants from fulfilling the obligation stipulated by the law to meet the legal deadlines during this period. The period has been broadly mentioned as from the time authorities in Qatar announced the virus outbreak is set to only conclude when the force majeure concludes.

 

The above is not applicable to annuities, examination and grant fees for patents which are paid online.

 

SAUDI ARABIA: The TMO is functioning normally as most of the functions are be undertaken online with submission of requisite documents online. Extension if any will be announced the TMO resumes their regular operations.

 

SUDAN: All operations suspended until April 19, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.

 

SYRIA: All operations suspended until further notice and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the TMO reopens for business.

 

TUNISIA: All operations suspended until April 20, 2020; however, urgent matters can be filed (priority applications)

 

TURKEY: The TMO is operational and accepting only online flings. All deadlines as of 13 March to 30 April 2020 will be calculated as 1 May 2020 based on the remaining days of current deadlines between above dates.

 

UAE: The TMO is functioning normally as most of the functions are be undertaken online and necessary documents are submitted by email/upload. No extension of deadlines announced yet.

 

WEST BANK: All operations are suspended until the end of April and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the TMO reopens for business.

 

YEMEN: The TMO is functioning normally; no extension of deadlines announced yet.

 

GCC PATENT OFFICE: The patent office is closed but all operations are carried out online and no extension of deadlines are made.