JAH would like to advise its clients and associates that the Omani Intellectual Property Directorate, has issued new Circular stipulating that renewals for trademarks that are not originally registered by same agent should be filed with a pledge by the new agent declaring that the role will be restricted for renewal without undertaking any other action unless a change of agent name and address is recorded against the concerned trademark. It is clarified that those applications which do not have the change of agent of service recorded against them will not be accepted for renewal action without the above mentioned undertaking; otherwise the recordal of change of name and address of the agent will be obligatory.
As of 6 June 2016 new notice has been issued in the jurisdiction of Yemen stipulating that the use of class heading in trademark applications will no longer be an accepted practice.
This decision of the General Head of Intellectual Property Directorate has been issued in accordance with the Ministerial decision No. 239 of 2011, relating to the adoption of International Classification of Goods and Services.
It is impressed that trademark applications with class heading will be refused, and the applicant should specify the goods/ services for which registration is sought. Furthermore, use of the phrase “all goods and services” under a respective class will not be acceptable.
The said stipulation is only applicable to new applications filed after June 06, 2016 and not for the applications already filed or pending.