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01-11-2017 (Newsletter Issue 1/17)
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Kurdistan Trademark Office to Resume Normal Function

It is expected that the Kurdistan Trademarks Office is to resume normal function on January 12. 2017 with clear resolution on the implementation of new fees.

Iraq is divided into two trademark jurisdictions; Baghdad and Erbil where filings should be undertaken separately in order to secure trademark protection for the whole country; duly noting that the registries operate independently of each other and filing a trademark application in one jurisdiction does not automatically grant protection in the other. Erbil is the de-facto capital of the self-autonomous region of Northern Iraq- Kurdistan. This region represents immense interest to trademark owners around the world both in terms of covering the whole of Iraq and also for the tremendous potential it offers to brands.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar