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Middle East IP Focus 2006

  • Gulf countries ready for international IP influx

    IP owners have for the past 10 years been able to file for patent protection in several countries in one simple step - with the Gulf Cooperation Council patent office. Stéphanie Bodoni spoke to Ebrahim A Al-Mannai, the GCC patent office's assistant general-director, who has been with the office since the beginning

  • Why Hollywood might soon move to Dollywood

    Dubai recently served as one of the main locations for the shooting of Syriana - the first Hollywood production shot in the UAE. In recent years, many more such developments pointing toward a further opening up of the region have taken place in the media and entertainment industries, says Mark Hill of The Rights Lawyers

  • Why franchising is an option to consider

    The Middle East is in a franchising frenzy, creating new opportunities for local and international companies. But franchisors expanding overseas need to first make important legal and commercial considerations and seek advice from franchise counsel to understand the workings of the region, explains Lara Haidar of The Rights Lawyers

  • Taking a new look at IP rights

    The revised IP law that Egypt introduced three years ago following its accession to the WTO signalled a will to rebuild international confidence in the country's ability to protect IP right owners. Khaled El Shalakany of Shalakany Law Office provides a detailed overview

  • The rocky road to registration

    The Coalition Provisional Authority last year amended Iraq's IP laws in line with international standards. In September the Trade Mark Office started to accept its first filings under Iraq's updated legal system. Tariq A Marouf and Jason K Majid of Al Tamimi & Company explain how the new trade mark registration system works

  • Changing times for IP infringers

    Kuwait has for the past two years featured on the priority watch list of the USTR's Special 301 list, as one of several countries failing to protect IP owners' rights. But this is all about to change, says Abdullah Khalid Al-Ayoub of Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

  • Don't go chasing your own tail

    Going after counterfeiters is a tricky task for brand owners anywhere in the world. The trick is to be strategic about the course of action one plans to take. The same principle counts also in the United Arab Emirates, where rights owners can choose from a range of options, says Lara Haidar of The Rights Lawyers

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