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Mai 08, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 9/18)
Iraq
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Transliteration Requirement for Latin Script Marks Resc...


The Iraqi Trademarks Office announced that trademark applications may now be filed in Latin script without having to submit the Arabic transliteration of the mark.

This update rescinds the previous registration requirement whereby the addition of Arabic transliteration; i.e. the way the Latin word(s) is spelled out to a Latin mark was a requirement, which provides for the protection of the transliteration of a registered mark without having to file a separate application for same.

However, it is advisable to register the transliteration of the mark in Arabic as a separate registration to avoid any problems that might arise when it comes to enforcing trademark rights against third parties using or attempting to register confusingly similar Arabic transliterations.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar