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8 Feb 2018

Additional requirements for legalisation raise concerns

Additional requirements imposed by the authorities in charge of legalisation have raised concerns.

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1 Sep 2017

Fees rise as trademark operations resume in northern Iraq

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18 Jul 2017

Fees rise as trademark operations resume in northern Iraq; counterfeit problems persist

The Trademark Office in the northern Iraq region of Kurdistan has reopened its doors to trademark applications following a temporary suspension of operations. While costs have risen, the market should be on the radar of counsel as the market expands and counterfeiters look to capitalise.

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14 Dec 2016

Brands left in limbo after trademark office suspends application process in northern Iraq

Trademark filings in Kurdistan have been suspended until further notice due to “administrative and management issues” at the office, <i>World Trademark Review</i> understands. Those seeking to secure registrations that cover the entirety of Iraq – which has had two self-autonomous trademark offices since 2011 – will likely have to wait until early next year for operations to resume. The development could cause headaches for brand owners seeking to enforce rights in the region, including US president-elect Donald Trump, with a ‘Trump Fish’ restaurant recently opening in the Iraqi city of Duhok.

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15 Jun 2004

Iraq's Trademark Law amended

The Coalition Provisional Authority headed by Paul Bremer has issued
a document amending the Trademarks and Descriptions Law 21 of 1957 with effect
from April 26 2004. The law has been renamed Trademark and Geographical Indications
Law. The amendments include a broader definition of registrable signs and more
severe penalties for infringement.

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