Articles

The two key legal documents every UAE startup needs to protect its intellectual property

When starting a new business, founders are usually busy working on a million things at once, and dealing with legal documents is not the most exciting item on the to-do list.

United States: “Hemp” mark refused for failure to address grounds of refusal on appeal

In its 22nd precedential decision of 2016, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the refusal to register HEMP HOME HEALTH. In re Heather Harley and Carolyn Jones, Serial No. 86409857 (TTAB Aug. 24, 2016) (precedential).

United States: MT. RAINIER Logo blocked by MOUNT RAINIER for coffee

In its 24th precedential decision of 2016, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board) affirmed the refusal to register the MT. RAINIER Logo based on likelihood of confusion, but reversed the refusal to register on geographically misdescriptive grounds.

What’s new in 2017? The 11th Edition of the Nice Classification system

Beginning on 1 January 2017, the 11th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks, known simply as the Nice Classification, entered into force.

Trade mark protection for hashtags – #toregisterornottoregister

Hashtags were first used as a social media symbol by Twitter as a way for users to curate and navigate content related to a specific subject matter.

Trademark rights and shari’a law: Five things that western brand owners need to know when doing business in Saudi Arabia

A common refrain in today’s press is that Saudi Arabia’s economy is in crisis.

Nice Classification – Practical nuances in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia uses the Nice Classification system for classifying goods and services for the registration of trade marks.

Impact of GCC Trade Mark Law on the IACC recommendations for the Special 301 report

The Special 301 Report is a report released annually by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (the “USTR”) which sets out a review of intellectual property protection globally and identifies countries…

GOEIC – Navigating importation regulations in Egypt

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Egypt put into effect new regulations in an attempt to control the importation of counterfeits into Egypt.

Patent Regulations in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has recently amended provisions of its patent regulations, effective as of 19 December 2015.

Letters of Consent in Saudi Arabia – An effective means of overcoming citations?

A review of the effectiveness and associated risks of presenting letters of consent from the owner of a cited mark as a means of overcoming trade mark registration refusals in Saudi Arabia.

INNs in the GCC

The approach taken to International Non-Proprietary Names for Pharmaceutical Substances (INNs) in relation to trade mark registration within the GCC region.

Opposition Procedure for IRs in Iran

A look at the opposition procedure in Iran, with a focus on international registrations (IRs). A guide to some of the potential issues brand owners can face in protecting their rights within Iran; and some practical solutions.

WTR Chapters

UAE – Trademark Litigation 2017 (A global guide)

With the exception of the Dubai International Financial Centre free zone in Dubai, the legal framework in the United Arab Emirates is very much a civil law system, which affects the way in which trademark owners seek to enforce their rights…

Egypt – Trademark Litigation 2017 (A global guide)

Careful consideration should be given to the nature of the dispute before embarking on litigation for trademark cases. Perhaps because of the uncertainty, costs and timeframes involved in pursuing litigation for trademark disputes..

Saudi Arabia – Trademark Litigation 2017 (A global guide)

The Saudi legal system is based on Sharia (Islamic law), an uncodified set of rules and principles derived primarily from the Quran and from the practices and sayings (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad…

Books

Book – Intellectual Property Law and Practice of the United Arab Emirates

A comprehensive work on the intellectual property law of the UAE.