Top IP Stories of 2013

30 Dec 2013

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) has rounded up the top Intellectual Property stories of 2013.

Published Patents Search Service: AGIP kicked off the year with wide geographic coverage of Published Patents Search Service. The comprehensive and distinguished search for published patents service now covers 14 Arab countries: Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, GCC, Yemen, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Morocco, Syria and Sudan.

New trademark law in China: China passed a new trademark law to crack down on infringements and ensure a fair market for trademark holders. The new law provides protection for famous trademarks, giving trademark owners the right to ban others from registering their trademarks or using similar ones. The new law will go into effect on May 1, 2014.

First Afghan patent application filed in India: As widely experienced IP agent, AGIP filed first Afghan patent application in India, and provided the full range of patent service including Prior Art Search, Drafting and Filing, from registration and prosecution to maintenance, licensing and counseling services related to patents.

New non-Latin gTLDs introduced on Internet: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) implemented a program for the introduction of new non-English gTLDs on the Internet. This milestone enables people to access and type in a website address for gTLDs in their native language, as this is the first time non-Latin characters are used in internationalized country-code (TLD).

E-filing of TM applications: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iran and Yemen have followed the same path of electronic filing of new trademark applications at the Trademark Offices.

New members of PCT: Saudi Arabia and Iran acceded to the WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
While the PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an "international" patent application. Such an application may be filed by anyone who is a national or resident of a Contracting State.

New IP Office in Afghanistan: Afghanistan adopted a new infrastructure to speed up the whole trademark registration process by establishing a new Trademark Office in the country. In this regard, AGIP has contributed to the establishment of the new office through donation and assistance.

New Arabic UDRP Center approved by ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) as a dispute resolution service provider for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in the Arab region. The Center will have particular significance for focusing on domain name-related disputes capable of being settled by arbitrators proficient in many languages.

Libya TM Office resumes work & issues first official gazette: Two years after its services were interrupted; the Libyan Trademark Office officially resumed its full operation by issuing its first Official Gazette, providing a comprehensive database of newly published trademarks.

ICANN launched TMCH, AGIP provided the service: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) established Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) as a global database of verified data on trademarks, open to any holder of eligible trademarks whether a private individual or company. In this regard, AGIP started offering this service through Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Domain Names (TAG-Domains), a subsidiary of AGIP and an ICANN Accredited Registrar.

TM Office in Erbil: The Trademark Office of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Al Iraq Region adopted the schedule of fees of the Trademark Directorate of Baghdad. As a result, there are now two Trademark Offices operational in Iraq; the TM Office of Baghdad and another one in Erbil.

AGIP is accredited registrar of .PW: AGIP has been approved as an official .PW (Professional Web) accredited registrar, to be the first Arab company to achieve this eminent status.

New trademark law in Ethiopia: The long-awaited regulations implementing the Trademark Law in Ethiopia were published, giving full force and effect to the Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation of 2006.





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