• Saudi Arabia Submission of Locarno and Vienna Agreements Sep 08, 2020

    Permanent representative to the united nations in Geneva ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Alwasil submitted the instruments of locarno agreement establishing an international classification for industrial designs and the vienna agreement establishing an international classification of the figurative elements of marks.

  • Lebanese IP Office Current Operations Sep 02, 2020

    The IP governmental office in the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade has announced continuation of their operations on the 25th.August.2020 that were halted after the catastrophic blast in Beirut.

    The Lebanese IP Office is partially operational, accepting patent and design applications, new trademark applications with a priority claim, renewals and annuities, and all recordal applications. However, new trademark applications that do not hold a priority claim are being submitted online only, examination will start upon further notification from the office.

    Moreover, all deadlines (Renewals, annuities, priorities, documents submission) are now extended officially until the end of this year (31st.December.2020) in accordance with Law No. 185 that has been signed and approved by the cabinet. Deadlines were originally extended as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Lebanon, and now extended further due to the economic situation in Lebanon with Covid-19 and the explosion that has left the capital of Lebanon with a lot of destruction.

    SMAS-IP office in Lebanon remains fully operational, for any further information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Halfway Through to Full Implementation of Data Protection Law No. 151 for 2020 in Egypt Aug 31, 2020

    The Data Protection Law in Egypt has been approved and published in the official gazette on the 15th of July under Resolution No. 151 for the year 2020 to be implemented within three (3) months from the aforementioned date, which leaves us now halfway through to full implementation.

    This law is complementary to the Egyptian government’s efforts to transform and preserve the way digital interactions take place on daily basis. In addition, it aims to protect the privacy and integrity of personal data held on individuals by various businesses and organizations.

    Furthermore, under this law, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will issue the Data Protection Law’s Executive regulations within six months from the date of active implementation of the Data Protection Law itself.

    In accordance with the law, A Data Protection Center has been established to be the regulatory body targeting to maintain compliance with the said law. The Egyptian Prime Minister has also approved the hiring of a chief executive officer to be responsible for setting the needed data protection policies, strategies and procedures.

    In a nutshell, the newly issued Data Protection Law primarily addresses the rights for use of sensitive personal data, cross-border electronic transfers, monetary penalties and criminal sanctions for violations of the Data Protection Law taking into consideration compliance with the international General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

    The companies’ obligations sat under the law requires companies to implement them within three (3) months from the law’s date of publication, or companies might risk a fine no less than one hundred thousand Egyptian Pound (100,000 EGP) and/or imprisonment for a minimum of six (6) months.

     

     

     

  • SMAS-IP Participates in Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group conference-PTMG in Berlin,Germany ! Aug 22, 2019

    Meet us at the PTMG conference in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Shadya Awad and Mr. Nazeer AL Kharouf will be happy to see you from 2nd to 5th October 2019 !

     

    To schedule a meeting contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

  • SMAS-IP Participates in AIPPI World Congress in London Aug 22, 2019

    We are very pleased to announce that our team will be attending the AIPPI World Congress 2019 in London, from 15-18th September. Come and meet us !

     

    To schedule a meeting contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

     

     

  • We are the best in Jordan! Congrats to us ! Aug 19, 2019

    We are pleased to announce that SMAS-IP is the Best IP firm in Jordan.

     

  • .تونس تطلق مواصفة جديدة خاصة بنظام التصرف في التجديد والملكية الفكرية Aug 05, 2019

    أطلق المعهد الوطني للمواصفات والملكية الصناعية،  يوم الاربعاء، 31 جويلية مواصفة تونسية جديدة تتعلق بنظام التصرف في التجديد والملكية الفكرية (م ت 110.500) تساهم في تحسين تنافسية المؤسسات الوطنية.

  • CHANGES INSIDE OUR JURIDICTIONS - YEMEN Jul 22, 2019

    The ministry of Trade & Industry released a note on the 8th of July 2019, stating that the trademarks publishing fees will be subject to an increase that will be effective starting from the 8th of August 2019. 

    For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • CHANGES INSIDE OUR JURIDICTIONS - TURKEY Jul 22, 2019

    With the last changes on the Implementing Regulations of Turkish Industrial Property Law which has been entered into force on the 8th of July 2019, the obligation of submission of the notarized signature declaration (for natural entities) and notarized circular of signature (for legal entities) for certain important transactions has been abolished. The related transactions are listed in the table below:

     

    For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • CHANGES INSIDE OUR JURIDICTIONS - EGYPT Jul 22, 2019

    The government agreed on the changes affecting the patent procedures that aim to ease the latter. In other news, the Trademark and Industrial Designs Office released a note that all the IP services are henceforth subject to a 14% Value Added Tax (VAT), applied on the official fees, as prescribed by Law 67/2016. 

    For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • CHANGES INSIDE OUR JURIDICTIONS - TUNISIA Jul 22, 2019

    The Ministry of Industry and SMEs annouced an increase in all the fees for trademarks, patents, and designs procedures. The increase is of 100% for trademarks, 30% for patents, and 20% for designs. 

    For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • SMAS-IP Participates in INTA 2019 in Boston May 22, 2019

     

    SMAS-IP has attended successfully  the 141st INTA Annual Meeting  in Boston (Massachusetts) from May 18th to May 22nd, 2019.

  • SMAS IP in Cooperation with the Arab League Celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day Apr 23, 2019

     Cairo 23rd of April 2019 - SMAS IP sponsored a ceremony to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day, in cooperation with the Arab League.

  • SMAS-IP Announces New Office in Turkey Apr 18, 2019

    SMAS-IP is happy to announce the opening of its office in Turkey.

     Our 20th Branch started operating on Monday,April 8, 2019. A brand new Office in Istanbul, and a group of highly-motivated collaborators,are waiting for your insutructions.

    Contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

     

  • Meet us at INTA Annual Meeting 2019 in Boston Apr 05, 2019

    Join us in Boston for the INTA's 141st annual conference. 

  • UAE unifies Customes IP fees Apr 05, 2019

     A ministerial decision N° 17/2019 was issued aiming to unify the customs fees for intellectual property matters all over the UAE. 

  • Meet with SMAS IP at INTA Annual Meeting 2019 in Boston Apr 03, 2019

    Join us in Boston for the INTA's 141st annual conference. 

  • Egyptian patent office and WIPO congratulate SMAS-IP on their successful MIA under PCT meeting. Mar 26, 2019

    Egyptian Patent office and WIPO congratulate SMAS-IP on their successful contribution and organisation of 26th session of the Meeting of International Authorities (MIA) Under the PCT in  Cairo.

  • Happy Women's Day ! Mar 08, 2019

     

     

    SMAS-IP wishes you a Happy Women's Day.

  • New Patent Law in Myanmar Feb 22, 2019

    The new Trademark Law of, 2019 (“TML”) was passed by the Union Parliament of Myanmar (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) on 24th January 2019. Then TML comes into force, Myanmar will introduce a new regime of trademark system of Myanmar and IP Court will be established under the supervision of Supreme Court of Union of Myanmar.

  • Kuwaiti New Regulation Alert ! Feb 21, 2019

    As of January 20, 2019, Kuwait’s Trademark Office applied changes to the registration and the e-filing platform. 

  • Accession of Jordan to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Jun 09, 2017

    The Accession Procedures of Jordan to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with the Secretary General of WIPO have been completed.

  • European Patents in Tunisia Jan 01, 2018

    European Patents in Tunisia: Validation Agreement between EPO and Tunisia to enter into force on 1 December 2017.

  • Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to Apply VAT Oct 29, 2017

    Please be advised that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will implement VAT at the rate of 5% on 1 January 2018.

  • New Judicial Announcement in Saudi Arabia Nov 01, 2017

    We would like to inform you that pursuant to the new Judicial announcement in Saudi Arabia,

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