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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jun 16, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 9/15)
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Legal Extension to Kurdistan Abolished

The Iraqi Trademarks Registrar has issued new directives abolishing the legal extension of registered Iraqi trademarks to Kurdistan.

Prior to this decision, it was possible to extend registered Iraqi trademarks to Kurdistan: If a trademark was already registered or accepted for registration in Iraq and the owner of the mark wished to extend its protection to Kurdistan, an official letter needed to be issued by the Iraqi Trademarks Registrar in Baghdad to the Registrar of Trademarks in Kurdistan furnishing him with the complete details of the concerned trademark and a report on its latest status in order to protect the mark and accredit its registration under Kurdistan jurisdiction.

Such practice is abolished now: When protection in Kurdistan is needed the application for registration should be filed directly with the Kurdistan trademarks office.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar