BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Trademark Office has recently introduced new updates to their practice with respect to trademarks.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Articles Nos. 21 and 26 of the Iraqi Trademark Law for the year 1957, the below has been implemented effective on 29 November 2017:
- After submitting a request for examination for a trademark application, and if the examination result is positive, applicants have a 30-day period to commence the registration procedures from the date of advertising of said result. Otherwise, the application will lapse.
- Once a trademark has registered, applicants should provide the required documents within 6 months of the registration date; failing to do so, the Registrar will send a default notice to the applicant allowing a further 7-day grace period to do so, after which the application will be removed from the register.
- Renewal and recordal applications can be made against registered trademarks only. Applications pending registrations are not eligible for such actions.
Moreover, pursuant to the provisions of the Article No. 11 of the Iraqi Trademark Law for the year 1957, accepted trademarks will be published in three consecutive editions of the Official Gazette with one-week interval between each edition, subject for the opposition period of 90 days from the date of the last publication. This regulation is effective following the publication of the Official Gazette No. 557 published on 20 November 2017.
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