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Jurisdictional Update Ethiopia and Kuwait - JAH CO.IP
Jurisdictional Update Ethiopia and Kuwait

ETHIOPIA

 

The Ethiopian Trademarks Office has issued new stipulations to enforce the Regulation of Renewal of 2006 Act No. 25 clause 4, which requires all renewals to be published with the Official Gazette and a local newspaper.

 

With immediate effect, the trademark office shall now record the effecting of a renewal registration and thereafter notify the same in the intellectual property gazette and a newspaper having nationwide circulation in Amharic. We wish to kindly clarify that the Amharic publications of the renewal is a must; however, requesting the same additionally in English is left to the discretion of the trademark owner.

 

KUWAIT

 

Please note The Kuwaiti Ministry of Trade and Industry approved Law no. 115 of 2016 on the regulations implementing patent Law no. 71 of 2013. The new Law was published on April 3, 2016 and has come into effect; the said law is the GCC Patent Law.

 

Accordingly, the Kuwaiti Patent Office has stopped accepting new patent applications and applicants are requested to seek patent protection by filing with the GCC regional patent office. Certificates of patents granted by the GCC Patent Office secure legal protection of the inventor’s rights in all member states of the GCC which comprises the State of Bahrain, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A patent granted by the regional patent office is valid for 20 years.

 

For more information regarding GCC PATENT please contact info@jahcoip.com