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Apr 15, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 5/13)
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Syrian TM office rejects IRs designating Israel


Even though Israel joined the Madrid Protocol in 2010, the Trademark Office of Syria is rejecting International Trademarks designating Israel alleging reasons of ‘public interest’.
As a matter of policy, Israel will not reject an international application merely because it co-designates countries with whom it does not have relations.

The Israeli Trademark Office suggests that in practical terms, while it is possible to file a national application separately, a more cost-effective way is not to designate Israel initially, but to add Israel only after the registration in Syria has been obtained.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar and JMB Davis Ben-David, Israel