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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 19, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 17/12)
Saudi Arabia
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Publication in Official Gazette No Longer Requested

The publication in the Official Gazette (Um Al Qura) is no longer requested in Saudi Arabia.
By pursuant of the Ministerial Decree No. 1147 dated 16 October 2012 the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) provides for publication of different request and applications concerning trademark in the Ministry of Commerce website instead of the Official Gazette "Umm Al Qura".

The Decree amended several Articles in the Implementing Regulations of Trademark Law including the provisions organize publication of accepted applications, renewal applications; assignment applications; license applications, cancellation requests of mortgage and license and Administrative and Court cancellation decisions of trademark registrations.

The decision allows publication of the above requests in the website of ministry of commerce and industry (MOCI) or any other place determined by MOCI.

The decision became effective upon on its publication in the Official Gazette.

Source: SMAS IP, Saudi Arabia