Saudi Arabia - Limitation of Validity of POA

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Published in SAUDI ARABIA Read 12573 times

The Saudi Arabian Trademark Office will no longer recognize Powers of Attorney the age of which has exceeded 10 years. According to a new regulation by the Office, the validity of a Power of Attorney held by a trademark attorney for a trademark owner will be limited to 10 Hijri Years only. The Hijiri Year is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian Year. This will mean that trademark owners whose Powers of Attorney to their Saudi Arabian trademark agents have passed 10 years of validity should issue new Powers of Attorney in favor of their agents. The new regulation has come into force as of November 27, 2011.

Yemen - Official Fees Increased and Sub-Classification Abolished

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Published in YEMEN Read 12410 times

Official Fees for trademark transactions have been increased with effect from October 01, 2011. The fees of procedures are affected by the new increase by almost 150%. However, our professional fees for Yemen remain unchanged. A similar increase was issued in respect of industrial designs matters.

Oman - Individuals Still Denied Trademark Registration

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Published in OMAN Read 15647 times

Although the Federal Trademark Law of Oman has come into force since 2008, the Omani Trademark Office still refuses to grant trademark registrations to individuals (natural persons).

Oman - Legalization of POA and Certificate of Incorporation Abolished

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 Published in OMAN Read 12978 times

Sultanate of Oman has joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents as of January 30, 2012. The convention has come into force in Oman as of January 30, 2012. Consequent to this accession to the said convention, international clients of member states are no longer required to have the supporting documents, i.e. Power of Attorney and Certificate of Incorporation, legalized up to the Omani Consulate in the point of origin. Instead such documents may only be sealed with an Apostil seal. The Omani Trademark Office will accept such document after verifying the authenticity of the seal and signature of the member state concerned.

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