Country

Classification

Scope

Type

Time Frame

Results

Algeria

11th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

7 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Bahrain

10th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Egypt

10th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

4 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Gaza

8th Edition; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

4 to 6 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Iran

10th Edition; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks

Can be conducted for word marks only

15 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Iraq

7th Edition with local sub-classification

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

1 month

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Jordan

11th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 to 4 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Kuwait

10th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, & pork meat in class 29 may not be registered

Trademarks published in the Official Gazette

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

4 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Lebanon

10th Edition

Registered trademarks 

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Libya

8th Edition; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, & Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered

All trademark applications filed since the re-opening of the Trademark Office in November 2002

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

5 to 7 days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Morocco

10th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks only

1 working day

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Oman

10th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks, and reveals the registrar's opinion on the registrability of the trademark

Qatar

7th Edition; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, & pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

5 to 7 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Saudi Arabia

10th Edition; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, pork meat in class 29, & Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered 

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

5 to 7 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Sudan

9th Edition; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

10 to 15 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Syria

10th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

5 to 7 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Tunisia

11th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks only

10 to 15 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Turkey

9th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

United Arab Emirates

10th Edition; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks only

2 to 3 working days

Report discloses  identical trademarks

West Bank

8th Edition

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

4 to 6 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Yemen

8th edition Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32 & pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

Registered trademarks & pending applications

Can be conducted for word marks and devices

3 to 5 working days

Report discloses similar and identical trademarks

Country

Nice Edition

Multiple / Single Class Application

POA

Priority

Opposition Period

Protection Term

Renewal Grace Period

Algeria

11th

Multiple

Simply signed

Yes

-

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Bahrain

10th

Single

Legalized

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Egypt

10th

Single

Legalized

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Gaza

8th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Single

Simply signed

No

3 months from publication date

7 years from filing date, renewable for periods of 14 years each

1 month 

Iran

10th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Multiple

Legalized

Yes

30 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Iraq

7th with local sub-classification

Multiple

Legalized

Yes

90 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Jordan

11th

Single

Legalized

Yes

3 months from publication date

10 years from filing date or from priority date if priority is claimed, renewable for like periods

1 year

Kuwait

10th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, & pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Lebanon

11th

Multiple

Legalized

Yes

Oppositions can only be filed before Court.

15 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

3 months

Libya

8th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

3 months from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

3 months

Morocco

10th

Multiple

Simply signed

Yes

2 months from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Oman

10th

Single

Apostille Certification or up to the Omani Consulate

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Qatar

7th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

4 months from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Saudi Arabia

10th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, pork meat in class 29, and Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 Hijri years (approximately 9 years and 8 months) from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 lunar months

Sudan

9th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

8 months from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Syria

10th

Single

Legalized

Yes

90 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

Tunisia

11th

Multiple

Simply signed

Yes

60 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

-

Turkey

9th

Multiple

Simply signed

Yes

3 months from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

6 months

United Arab Emirates

10th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

Single

Legalized

Yes

30 days from last publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

3 months

West Bank

8th

Single

Legalized

-

3 months from publication date

7 years from filing date, renewable for periods of 14 years each

1 month 

Yemen

8th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 & pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

Single

Notarized and Legalized

Yes

90 days from publication date

10 years from filing date, renewable for like periods

12 months

Country

Priority

Novelty

Opposition Period

Examination

Protection Term

Compulsory License

Algeria

Yes

Absolute

No provisions

As to form only

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date

Bahrain

Yes

Relative

Within 60 days from publication date

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Egypt

Yes

Absolute

Within 60 days from publication date

As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Gaza

No

Absolute

Within 2 months from publication date

As to form and patentability

16 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Iran

Yes

Absolute

At any time after grant of the patent

No examination

20 years from filing date

Within 5 years from the date of grant

Iraq

Yes

Absolute

At any time after grant of the patent

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date; Patents granted for inventions relating to drugs, and pharmaceutical compounds shall be valid for a period of 10 years, renewable for two periods of 5 years each

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Jordan

Yes

Relative

Within 3 months from publication date

As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date, whichever period lapses later

Kuwait

Yes

Local

No provisions

No examination

20 years from filing date

Not granted

Lebanon

Yes

Absolute

Oppositions to any granted patent may be filed before the Court

As to form only

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Libya

Yes

Local

Within 2 months from publication date

As to form only

15 years from filing date renewable for a further period of 5 years; Patents connected with food-stuffs or drugs or pharmaceutical compositions shall be valid for a period of 10 years

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Morocco

Yes

Absolute

No provisions

As to form and to patentability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date

Oman

Yes

Absolute

Within 120 days from publication date

As to form and novelty

20 years from date of grant

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Qatar

Yes

Absolute

Within 2 months from grant date

As to form

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from date of grant

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Relative

Within 90 days from publication date

As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability

20 calendar years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date

Sudan

Yes

Absolute

No provisions

As to form only

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date

Syria

Yes

Absolute

Within 6 months from the publication date

As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability

15 years from filing date for patent granted according to the old law

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date, whichever period lapses later

Tunisia

Yes

Relative

Within 2 months from publication date

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date

Turkey

Yes

Relative

Within 6 months from publication date of the search report

As to form, novelty, inventiveness, and industrial applicability

20 years for independent patents and 10 years for utility patents

Within 3 years following the publication date of the patent

United Arab Emirates

Yes

Absolute

Within 60 days from publication date

As to form, novelty, inventiveness and industrial applicability

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years after grant

West Bank

No

Absolute

Within 2 months from publication date

As to form and patentability

16 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Yemen

Yes

Relative

Within 90 days from publication date

As to form and novelty

20 years from filing date

Within 3 years from the date of grant

Jurisdiction

Status

Entry into force

Algeria

In Force

March 08, 2000

Bahrain

In Force

March 18, 2007

Egypt

In Force

September 06, 2003

Iran

In Force

October 4, 2013

Libya

In Force

September 15, 2005

Morocco

In Force

October 08, 1999

Oman

In Force

October 26, 2001

Qatar

In Force

May 03, 2011

Saudi Arabia

In Force

August 03, 2013

Sudan

In Force

April 16,1984

Syria

In Force

June 26, 2003

Tunisia

In Force

December 10, 2001

United Arab Emirates

In Force

March 10, 1999

Country

Duration

Examination

Applications with Multiple Figures

Renewal

Algeria

1 year from filing date

As to form only

Possible

For one term of 9 years

Bahrain

10 years from filing date

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

Possible

For one term of 5 years

Egypt

10 years from filing date

As to form and novelty

Possible up to 50 figures

For one term of 5 years with a 3 - month grace period

Gaza

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Not possible

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Iran

5 years from filing date

As to form and novelty

Not possible

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Iraq

10 years from filing date

As to form, novelty and industrial applicability

Possible

Not possible

Jordan

15 years from filing date, and if priority is claimed, 15 years from priority date

As to form and novelty

Possible

Not possible

Kuwait

10 years from filing date

As to form, local novelty, and industrial applicability

Possible up to 50 figures

For one term of 5 years

Lebanon

25 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible up to 99 figures

For one additional term of 25 years

Libya

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible up to 50 figures

For two consecutive terms of 5 years

Morocco

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible up to 100 designs/models of the same nature

For four consecutive terms of 5 years

Oman

5 years from filing date

As to novelty

Possible

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Qatar

The Trademarks, Commercial Indications, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs & Models Law no 9 of 2002 came into force on September 2002, however, the authorities have not yet established the necessary office for receiving design applications nor have the implementing regulations been drafted yet

Saudi Arabia

10 years from filing date

As to form and novelty

Not possible

Not possible

Sudan

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible up to 50 figures

For two consecutive terms of 5 years

Syria

5 years from filing date

As to form and novelty

Possible up to 5 figures

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Tunisia

5, 10 or 15 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible

For two consecutive periods of 5 years, where the initial duration was 5 years and for a further period of 5 years where the initial duration was 10 years

Turkey

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Possible

For four consecutive terms of 5 years each

United Arab Emirates

10 years from filing date

As to form, novelty, inventiveness and industrial applicability

Not possible

Not possible

West Bank

5 years from filing date

As to form only

Not possible

For two consecutive terms of 5 years each

Yemen

10 years from filing date

As to form and content

Not possible

Not Possible

Country

Filing Requirements

Recordal Period

Algeria

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Algerian Consulate

• Copy of registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• Letter of commitment in French signed under the company’s seal or letterhead and duly legalized before the Algerian Consulate

• Photos and other information about the original and counterfeit products

Recordal is valid for 12 months, renewable for like periods

Jordan

1. Recordal with General Customs Department

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Jordanian consulate

• Copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• A petition duly executed on behalf of the rights holder

• Brochures or images showing how the genuine trademark is being used

2. Recordal with Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Jordanian Consulate

• Copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• Application form

• Brochures or images showing how the genuine trademark is being used

1. Recordal is valid for the trademark’s protection term, renewable for like periods

2. Recordal is valid for one year, renewable for like periods

Morocco

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Moroccan Consulate

• Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• A petition duly executed on behalf of the rights holder

• An undertaking, legalized, together with a notarized copy of the company’s General Assembly showing the name and position of the signatory

• Actual samples of goods bearing the trademark involved or a leaflet / brochure allowing easy identification of the genuine products in comparison with the counterfeit products (optional)

• Any relevant information on the origin of the counterfeit goods if available (optional)

• A specification of the exact goods for which the mark is actually used, in order for Customs to assign the adequate Harmonized System coding

Recordal is valid for 12 months, renewable for like periods

Saudi Arabia

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Saudi Consulate

• Copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

Recordal is valid for one year, renewable for like periods

Sudan

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the Sudanese Consulate

• Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded• Certificate of Incorporation, legalized up to the Sudanese Consulate• Copy of the Import Certificate. Same is usually issued to the local agent/distributer by the Ministry of Economy and Trade

• Application form

• An electronic presentation of the original product to aid Customs officials in detecting counterfeits and differentiating them from the genuine products

Recordal is valid for one year, renewable for like periods

Turkey

• Power of attorney, notarized with an Apostille certification

• Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• Application form

• An electronic presentation of the original product to aid Customs officials in detecting counterfeits and differentiating them from the genuine products

Recordal is valid for one year, renewable for like periods

Tunisia

• Power of attorney, simply signed

• Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• Application Form

• Photos and other information about the original and counterfeit products

Recordal is valid for one year, renewable for like periods

UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah)

• Power of attorney, legalized up to the UAE Consulate

• Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded

• Application form

• An electronic presentation of the original product to aid Customs officials in detecting counterfeits and differentiating them from the genuine products

Recordal is valid for the trademark’s protection term, renewable for like periods

Country

Top-Level Domain

Registration Requirement

Protection Term

Local Presence

Egypt

.misr

Name and particulars of the applicant

Name and title of the authorized signatory

Power of attorney, notarized in case the applicant is of Egyptian Nationality; while for the others, the POA should be legalized up the Egyptian Consulate

Copy of corresponding certificate of registration

1-5 years depending on the registrar

Required

Jordan

.al-ordun

Power of attorney, legalized

A copy of the certificate of registration of trademark

Copy of certificate of incorporation of the domain name owner

The primary name server and secondary name server and their IP addresses

2 years, then renewable every year

Not Required

Qatar

.qatar

• The registrant contacts, admin contacts, tech contacts and the DNS/IP details

• Copy of the corresponding certificate of registration inside/outside Qatar

Renewed annually

Not Required

Saudi Arabia

.alsauodia

• Power of attorney, simply signed

• A letter addressed to Saudi Network Information Center, completed on applicant's letterhead, simply signed, with company seal

• Copy of the corresponding certificate of registration or copy of the corresponding certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register

Unlimited

Required

Tunisia

.tunis

• Power of attorney, simply signed by the applicant

• A Tunisian application OR a Tunisian registration but in ARABIC language

1 year, then renewable every year

Not Required

United Arab Emirates

.emarat

• Letter of Authorization or power of attorney

• Copy of the corresponding certificate of registration

1-5 years

Not Required

GOODS

Class

Class Heading

 1

Chemicals used in industry, science and photography, as well as in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; unprocessed artificial resins, unprocessed plastics; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; tempering and soldering preparations; chemical substances for preserving foodstuffs; tanning substances; adhesives used in industry.

2

Paints, varnishes, lacquers; preservatives against rust and against deterioration of wood; colorants; mordents; raw natural resins; metals in foil and powder form for painters, decorators, printers and artists.

3

Bleaching preparations and other substances for laundry use; cleaning, polishing, scouring and abrasive preparations; soaps; perfumery, essential oils, cosmetics, hair lotions; dentifrices.

4

Industrial oils and greases; lubricants; dust absorbing, wetting and binding compositions; fuels (including motor spirit) and illuminants; candles and wicks for lighting.

5

Pharmaceutical and veterinary preparations; sanitary preparations for medical purposes; dietetic food and substances adapted for medical or veterinary use, food for babies; dietary supplements for humans and animals; plasters, materials for dressings; material for stopping teeth, dental wax; disinfectants; preparations for destroying vermin; fungicides, herbicides.

6

Common metals and their alloys; metal building materials; transportable buildings of metal; materials of metal for railway tracks; non-electric cables and wires of common metal; ironmongery, small items of metal hardware; pipes and tubes of metal; safes; goods of common metal not included in other classes; ores.

7

Machines and machine tools; motors and engines (except for land vehicles); machine coupling and transmission components (except for land vehicles); agricultural implements other than hand-operated; incubators for eggs; automatic vending machines.

8

Hand tools and implements (hand-operated); cutlery; side arms; razors.

9

Scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, Measuring, signaling, checking (supervision), life-saving and teaching apparatus and instruments; apparatus and instruments for conducting, switching, transforming, accumulating, regulating or controlling electricity; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; magnetic data carriers, recording discs; compact discs, DVDs and other digital recording media; mechanisms for coin-operated apparatus; cash registers, calculating machines, data processing equipment, computers; computer software; fire-extinguishing apparatus.

10

Surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments, artificial limbs, eyes and teeth; orthopedic articles; suture materials.

11

Apparatus for lighting, heating, steam generating, cooking, refrigerating, drying, ventilating, water supply and sanitary purposes.

12

Vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water.

13

Firearms; ammunition and projectiles; explosives; fireworks.

14

Precious metals and their alloys and goods in precious metals or coated therewith, not included in other classes; jewellery, precious stones; horological and chronometric instruments.

15

Musical instruments.

16

Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; artists’ materials; paint brushes; typewriters and office requisites (except furniture); instructional and teaching material (except apparatus); plastic materials for packaging (not included in other classes); printers’ type; printing blocks.

17

Rubber, gutta-percha, gum, asbestos, mica and goods made from these materials and not included in other classes; plastics in extruded form for use in manufacture; packing, stopping and insulating materials; flexible pipes, not of metal.

18

Leather and imitations of leather, and goods made of these materials and not included in other classes; animal skins, hides; trunks and travelling bags; umbrellas and parasols; walking sticks; whips, harness and saddlery.

19

Building materials (non-metallic); non-metallic rigid pipes for building; asphalt, pitch and bitumen; non-metallic transportable buildings; monuments, not of metal.

20

Furniture, mirrors, picture frames; goods (not included in other classes) of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber, mother-of pearl, meerschaum and substitutes for all these materials, or of plastics.

21

Household or kitchen utensils and containers; combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; steel wool; unworked or semi-worked glass (except glass used in building); glassware, porcelain and earthenware not included in other classes.

22

Ropes, string, nets, tents, awnings, tarpaulins, sails, sacks and bags (not included in other classes); padding and stuffing materials (except of rubber or plastics); raw fibrous textile materials.

23

Yarns and threads, for textile use.

24

Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed covers; table covers.

25

Clothing, footwear, headgear.

26

Lace and embroidery, ribbons and braid; buttons, hooks and eyes, pins and needles; artificial flowers.

27

Carpets, rugs, mats and matting, linoleum and other materials for covering existing floors; wall hangings (non-textile).

28

Games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles not included in other classes; decorations for Christmas trees.

29

Meat, fish, poultry and game; meat extracts; preserved, frozen, dried and cooked fruits and vegetables; jellies, jams, compotes; eggs; milk and milk products; edible oils and fats.

30

Coffee, tea, cocoa and artificial coffee; rice; tapioca and sago; flour and preparations made from cereals; bread, pastry and confectionery; ices; sugar, honey, treacle; yeast, baking-powder; salt; mustard; vinegar, sauces (condiments); spices; ice.

31

Grains and agricultural, horticultural and forestry products not included in other classes; live animals; fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds; natural plants and flowers; foodstuffs for animals; malt.

32

Beers; mineral and aerated waters and other non-alcoholic beverages; fruit beverages and fruit juices; syrups and other preparations for making beverages.

33

Alcoholic beverages (except beers).

34

Tobacco; smokers' articles; matches.

 SERVICES

Class

Class Heading

35

Advertising; business management; business administration; office functions.

36

Insurance; financial affairs; monetary affairs; real estate affairs.

37

Building construction; repair; installation services.

38

Telecommunications.

39

Transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement.

40

Treatment of materials.

41

Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities.

42

Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

43

Services for providing food and drink; temporary accommodation.

44

Medical services; veterinary services; hygienic and beauty care for human beings or animals; agriculture, horticulture and forestry services.

45

Legal services; security services for the protection of property and individuals; personal and social services rendered by others to meet the needs of individuals.

Country

Nice Edition Adopted

Member of the Nice Agreement?

Is it possible to claim class headings?

Algeria

11th

Yes (entry into force: July 5, 1972)

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Bahrain

10th

Yes (entry into force: December 15, 2005)

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Egypt

10th

Yes (entry into force: June 18, 2005)

Yes

Gaza

8th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Iran

10th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

Yes

Iraq

7th with local sub-classification

No

Yes (an applicant can only claim sub-class headings)

Jordan

11th

Yes (entry into force: November 14, 2008)

No

Kuwait

8th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, & pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

No

Yes

Lebanon

11th

Yes (entry into force: April 18, 1961)

Yes

Libya

8th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, as well as Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered

No

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Morocco

10th

Yes (entry into force: October 1, 1966)

Yes

Oman

10th

No

No

Qatar

7th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

Yes for all classes except for classes 1, 4 to 7, 10 to 14, 16 to 22, 29, and 31

Saudi Arabia

10th; Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, pork meat in class 29, & Christmas trees and related products in class 28 cannot be registered

No

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Sudan

9th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

No

Syria

10th

Yes (entry into force: March 28, 2005)

Yes

Tunisia

11th

Yes (entry into force: May 29, 1967)

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Turkey

9th

Yes (entry into force: January 1, 1996)

Yes

United Arab Emirates

10th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

Yes

West Bank

8th

No

Yes, provided that the headings are specified. Using the phrase "all goods/services in the class" is not acceptable.

Yemen

8th; Class 33 & alcoholic goods in class 32 cannot be registered

No

No

Country

Plant Variety Applications

Law

Annuities

Protection Term

Algeria

Law no. 05-03 relating to seeds, plants and the protection of plant variety was issued on February 6, 2005. However, there are no formalities adopted yet for filing or renewing such applications.

Bahrain

Not possible

Egypt

Possible

Law no. 82/2002

A maintenance fee is due annually and should be paid within a period not exceeding three months from the date of the grant of the certificate

25 years from date of grant for trees and grapevines, and 20 years for other agricultural products

Iran

Possible

The Plant Varieties Registration, Control and Certification of Seeds & Seedlings Act of 2003

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18 years from the date of grant

Iraq

Not possible

Jordan

Possible

Law no. 24/2000

A maintenance fee is due annually and is payable during the first 4 months of each year following the year during which the plant variety is granted

25 years from date of filing for trees and grapevines, and 20 years for other agricultural products

Kuwait

It is not possible to protect plant variety (except microbiology) as patents (Law no.03/2001)

Lebanon

Plant Varity Rights may be protected as patent applications under Patent Law no. 240/2000

Libya

Not possible

Morocco

Possible

Law no. 9/1994

A maintenance fee is due annually on the anniversary of the date of grant

20 years from date of grant for species of great culture, and 25 years for species of arboriculture and vine

Oman

Not possible (Law no. 49/2009 for the protection of plant variety rights was issued on August 30, 2009. However, there are no formalities adopted yet for filing or renewing such applications.)

Qatar

Not possible

Saudi Arabia

Possible

Law on Patents, Layout Design of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties and Industrial Designs (came into effect by Royal Decree No. 27/M dated 17.7.2004)

A maintenance fee is due annually and is payable during the first 3 months of each year following the year the plant variety application was filed with a further grace period of 3 months (April-June) with payment of a surcharge

25 years from date of filing for trees and grapevines, and 20 years for other agricultural products

Sudan

Not possible

Syria

Not possible

Tunisia

Possible

Law no. 99-42 / 1999

New plant variety certificates shall be subject to the payment of an annual fee of which the amount and conditions of payment and utilization shall be laid down by a Decree

The breeders' rights shall subsist for 20 years for ordinary varieties and for 25 years for varieties where development of the production elements necessitates longer timescales. Those periods shall begin to run as from the grant of the new plant variety certificate

Turkey

Possible

Law no. 5042

A maintenance fee is due annually and is payable in January of each year following the date of grant 

25 years from the date of grant for ornamentals, vegetables, and field crops, and 30 years from the date of grant for trees, vines, and potatoes

United Arab Emirates

Possible

Law no. 17 / 2009

The implementing regulations of Law 17/2009 have still not been issued yet

Yemen

Not possible