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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 08, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 13/11)
Saudi Arabia
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Validity of the PoA Amended


The Saudi Arabian Trademark Directorate has issued a new directive declaring that as of November 27, 2011, the validity of the Power of Attorney is ten Hegira years which is equivalent to nine year and eight months according to the Gregorian Calendar and is calculated as from the date of the stamp of the Saudi Arabian Embassy abroad on the power of attorney.

The validity of the trademark registration in Saudi Arabia is ten Hegira years (equivalent to approximately nine years and eight months according to the Gregorian calendar) as from the filing date. As the renewal fees of a trademark registration can be paid during the last 12 Hegira months of the current protection period it will be possible to use the same power of attorney used for filing the application if the renewal instructions are received at the beginning if the lat year protection period to avoid executing a fresh power of attorney for renewal and unnecessary disbursements.

Source: JAH & Co. IP , Doha, Qatar