Decision of The Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC):

The GCC Patent Office stopped Accepting Patent Applications according to the GCC Patent Law. The GCC Patent Office will issue a clarification statement in this regard within the next few days. Also, the amended Law and Regulation will be published within 4 weeks.

In the meantime, we advise our clients, from the beginning of 5 January 2021, to file the (PCT) and (Paris Convention) Applications separately in each national Patent Office according to the client’s Desire until we get an Official Clarification regarding that matter.

Decision of The Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC):

The GCC Patent Office stopped Accepting Patent Applications according to the GCC Patent Law. The GCC Patent Office will issue a clarification statement in this regard within the next few days. Also, the amended Law and Regulation will be published within 4 weeks.

In the meantime, we advise our clients, from the beginning of 5 January 2021, to file the (PCT) and (Paris Convention) Applications separately in each national Patent Office according to the client’s Desire until we get an Official Clarification regarding that matter.

Electronic Activation of Charges of Industrial Applications (Bahrain)

Electronic Activation of Charges of Industrial Applications Submission through Electronic Industrial Properties Services on Internet. Dear sirs/ Agents of Industrial Properties Registration and Their Position Status, After Greetings,,, We would like to attention you that starting from 5 April 2020 the electronic service related to the industrial designs applications will be activated. Note: 1- Receipt of any charges and industrial designs applications will be stopped by hand or through email starting from 5 April 2020. 2- All notices related to charges and industrial designs applications will be sent by email, so kindly attention till you don't miss the legal periods. Hope all success for all Patent Office Foreign Commerce Relations Department.

Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom and the People's Republic of China (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia: Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom and the People's Republic of China.. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has issued a Royal Decree No. M / 54 regarding the approval of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom and China in the field of intellectual property. The regulations and systems of the Memorandum of Agreement for cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property in the Kingdom and the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China included 9 articles to enhance cooperation between the two countries in this field.

In the 7th of July 2019, the Official Fees for Trademarks Registration and Renewal decreased in UAE by AED 3,300 for each procedure.

In the 4th of July 2019, the Official Fees for Trademarks and Industrial Designs increased in Egypt by 14% of the basic fees.

Saudi Arabia

Subject to presenting a valid excuse, the Saudi patent office (SPO) has approved an extension of time for claiming priority in entering the national phase for the PCT applications. The Applications will be afforded the opportunity to file their late applications claiming their earliest priority. It's worth mentioning that the applicant must mention the reasons that made him unable to file his application within the thirty (30) month deadline.

Kuwait

As of 27th of February 2018, the Kuwaiti patent office has started accepting PCT examination.