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Mai 18, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 9/16)
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Formalities for Class 5 Applications Revised

The Trademark Office (TMO) in Baghdad recently introduced requirements on trademarks applications in class 5, even though there was no Ministerial Resolution issued in this regard.

Applicants are now required to provide the information listed below when filing applications covering pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations and sanitary preparations for medical purposes. This will apply on all new as well as pending applications that have not been examined yet.

1. International non-proprietary name
2. Name of manufacturer
3. Name of distributor
4. Product label

After submission of the above information, the TMO is expected to solicit the approval of the Ministry of Health before applications are placed for examination. The application will be rejected on formal grounds if the applicant fails to provide all of the relevant information. It is still unclear whether the information must be admitted at the time of filing or within a specified period of time from filing date.

Source: SABA & Co Intellectual Property, Lebanon