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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Apr 11, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 7/18)
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Changes to Trademark Registration Procedures

In pursuant to Ministerial resolution No. 20 dated March 18, 2018, in regard to setting up deadlines (time frames) for the prosecution of trademarks it has been decided that:

Yemen issued a Ministerial Decree No. 20 dated March 18, 2018, regarding changes to the registration procedures of trademarks. The following new regulations apply:

1. Trademark applications suspended for 12 consecutive months from filing date by the applicant or his agent due to non-payment of publication fees or failure in completing filing formalities or any other reason caused by the applicant shall be considered abandoned and as never existed.
2. Accepted trademarks with conditions or rejected trademarks by the Registrar or Appeals Committee which the applicant or his agent fails to complete registration process within 12 consecutive months from the date of decision shall be considered abandoned and as never existed.
3. The applicant’s or his agent’s failure to complete publication formalities of an accepted trademark in sixty days from notification of the acceptance will result in the abandonment of trademark which will be considered abandoned and as never existed.
4. The applicant of a trademark application will be given ninety days from expiry of opposition term to receive the opposition plea in order to file a response to same; otherwise the trademark application will be considered abandoned and as never existed.

This decision is applied to all pending applications filed before or after the date of this decision which has come into effect on March 18, 2018.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar