In our latest round-up, we look at Dubai cracking down on social media accounts selling counterfeits, Pakistan drastically increasing its IP fees, an Indian court dismissing passing-off suits from Crocs, and much more.
In this week’s data report, we examine the state of the trademark market in the Middle East, taking an in-depth look at filing trends in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.
The Sultan of Oman has recently issued and ratified three important IP-related treaties and laws – the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law, the protocol amending the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement and the amendment to the Marrakech Agreement.
An IP attorney in Oman has voiced his concern that the IP rights enforcement landscape in Oman has been misrepresented in a submission sent to the US government by the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance. In the report, it is claimed that “the Oman government has completely stopped enforcement for all IPR violations since April 2013” - an assertion that is disputed by the commentator.
The Omani domain name registry, run by the Omani Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, has announced that it had signed an agreement with ARI Registry Services to establish a domain name registration system for the ccTLDs for Oman, namely ‘.om’ and ‘.عمان’. The purpose of the new system is to provide added stability and growth on the internet within Oman and the greater Gulf region.