The Ministry of Economy at the United Arab Emirates announced that it will launch an online patent and design filing service offered by the PTO. The new web service will allow UAE local agents to file patents and designs applications online. Presently, all agents in the jurisdiction have been requested to register themselves for this service; however, the official notification regarding the commencement of this practice is yet to be issued.
We wish to kindly draw your attention to the latest PCT update that Djibouti has deposited its instrument of accession on the 23 June, 2016. Djibouti is the 150th Member State to join the PCT and the Treaty will enter into force for Djibouti on 23 September, 2016 and may be designated in PCT International applications from the said date. However, the law in Djibouti has not yet been amended to recognize the PCT, thus it is expected that there will be considerable delay before the country may do so.