Middle East and North Africa region

We are Clyde & Co ... in Saudi Arabia!

We are delighted to announce that, with effect from 1 March 2015, our office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is operating as a fully integrated Clyde & Co office. Since 2009, we have been providing advice and assistance in the Kingdom through Abdulaziz A. Al-Bosaily Law Office in association with Clyde & Co.

The newly-formed Clyde & Co structure is a key step in the development of our Middle East regional offering as part of our long-term commitment to the region. To celebrate this development, this edition of our newsletter is a 'Saudi-special', with our article entitled IP: The Key to the Kingdom.

If you have questions relating to intellectual property issues in Saudi Arabia, then please speak with your usual contact in our regional IP team or contact ip@clydeco.com.

In other news this month, Clyde & Co has again been ranked as the top IP firm in the UAE in Managing Intellectual Property's World IP Survey. For the seventh year in a row (yes, that's every year from 2009 to 2015), we are the only firm in the UAE to have been ranked as top tier in each category covered by the survey – (i) patent prosecution, (ii) patent contentious, (iii) trade mark prosecution and (iv) trade mark / copyright contentious.

In this month's issue, we also cover:

IP: The key to the Kingdom

This month we report on considerations for intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia

Click here for a link to the full article or click on the titles below to view the individual topics covered in the article.

Introduction: Sharia and intellectual property

Trade mark protection in Saudi Arabia

Enforcing intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia

Protecting patentable technology in Saudi Arabia

Copyright in Saudi Arabia

Market updates and insight from around the region

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For further information, please speak to your usual contact in the Clyde & Co IP team, or email us at ip@clydeco.com.

UAE Trade Mark Gazette

The latest edition of the UAE Trade Mark Gazette was published on 3 March 2015. This month's opposition deadline is 1 April 2015.

Click here for a link to the UAE Trade Mark Gazette and further information.

If you identify any marks that are of potential concern, or if you have any queries, then speak to your usual contact in the Clyde & Co IP team, or email us at ip@clydeco.com.

The timeframe for arranging the legalisation of a Power of Attorney (which will need to be filed at the same time as any opposition) is generally around three weeks. With this in mind, please contact us as soon as possible if you identify any marks which you may wish to oppose.

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