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IP Developments within the last 12 months

Mon, 13/11/2017 - 15:33

The President of the European Patent Office and the Director-General of Tunisia's National Standardisation and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI) have announced that, with effect from 1st December 2017, European patents can be validated in Tunisia and thus regarded as national Tunisian rights, subject to Tunisian patent legislation. This validation agreement with Tunisia, which follows similar agreements with Morocco and the Republic of Moldova in 2015, will bring to 43 the total number...


Mon, 13/11/2017 - 11:39

A further official letter was issued by the Omani Patent Office on 1st November 2017, requesting that applicants pay the substantive examination fees in respect of all patent applications which were formally accepted during 2016. It is therefore now necessary to submit a request for substantive examination and pay the examination fees within two months from the date on which the above-mentioned official letter was issued, i.e. before 1st January 2018. Failure to do so will cause the...


Thu, 05/10/2017 - 11:34

The Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) has unexpectedly announced an increase in the official fees payable for all intellectual property matters, with effect from 1st October 2017.  Whilst these official fees will be reduced when the filing formalities are submitted online, presently only certain matters relating to trade mark and industrial design applications are operational via these online services.   For any further information or assistance, please do...


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