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Jul 04, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 11/14)
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Revision of TM Files Ongoing

A significant amount of trademark files were destroyed during the course of the Iraq War in 2003. Since then, the Iraqi Trademark Office has organized the revision of these files into separate batches in order account for all the records. The registrar currently examines applications with filing numbers ranging between 54,000 and 56,000. The Iraqi TMO has already completed the revision of the files ranging from 1 to 53999.

There are, however, some delays in processing the applications. Some trademarks are still pending due to heavy backlog and slow routine at the Iraqi TMO. In the event of missing documents, owners will be requested to submit all required documents. Incomplete trademark registrations will be considered abandoned and will not be processed.

Source: Saba & Co. IP – Head Office, Lebanon