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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 10, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 9/14)
United Arab Emirates
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Trademark Examination Procedures Changed

The Trademark Office in the United Arab Emirates recently issued circular n. 3/2014 related to tademark eamination prcedures.

The Trademark Office will cease issuing preliminary examination reports and the examination decisions will only be limited to acceptance, rejection or conditional acceptance. In the past, the UAE Trademarks Office used to issue preliminary examination reports requesting the applicant or his agent to comply with the certain conditions so as to make the application in a proper order and make it ready for final examination which will be stopped as of 1 June 2014.

No grace period will be granted for responding to examination report, whereas it was the practice to give the applicant 10 days to respond to such examination reports.

Trademark applications will be rejected, if their list of goods and services do not comply with Nice classification.

The said amendments entered into force on June 1, 2014.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar