The Minister of Trade and Commerce has issued a new ministerial decision in which he increased the publication in the official gazette “Al Tejara” by 60%.
After several negotiations with the Minister, it was agreed that any application filed before 9 February 2009 can still pay publication charges, within 3 months from the date of this Decision, at the old rates, even if it is not matured for advertisement. To avoid additional cost to our clients, we paid advertisement charges for all our pending applications in advance. Needless to say, a trademark is published twice – the first time for opposition purposes and then again after registration.
Furthermore, the tax for filing in respect of additional sub-classes and renewals has been increased as well.