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Okt 25, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 12/11)
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New Industrial Designs Implementing Regulations

The implementing regulations related to Industrial Designs Law No. 28 of 2010 in Yemen have been issued under Ministerial Decision No. 212 of 2011 of October 3, 2011. The main amendments of this Law are as follows:

- Disclosure of the invention without the knowledge or consent of the inventor shall not be taken into consideration as relative novelty bar if it occurred within the 6-month period preceding the filing date or priority date of the patent application.
- Design applications are published in the Official Gazette upon acceptance. Oppositions may be filed within 90 days from publication date.
- The protection term is extended to 10 years from filing date, instead of 15 years as per the provisions of the previous law. Renewal is no longer possible. No provision for the payment of annuities.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Doha, Qatar