The first Law Update of 2024 is here, and our first focus of the year spotlights Healthcare and Lifesciences, a sector that is undergoing significant growth and development across the MENA region.
Our focus provides an insight into some of the most important regulatory updates across the region, such as the UAE’s groundbreaking law on the use of human genome, Kuwait’s resolution on nuclear and radioactive materials, the new regulations for healthcare services in Qatar, Egypt’s healthcare regulatory framework, and the impact of the Saudi Civil Transactions Law on the healthcare and life sciences sector … and there is so much more!
Beyond the healthcare pages our lawyers share with you multi-sector insights where you will discover articles on Dubai’s DIFC regulatory framework for startups, Bahrain’s commercial agencies law, and we also shed light on Kuwaiti civil code and the advantages of setting up a joint stock company in Saudi Arabia.Read the full edition
July – August 2013
Iran deposited its instrument of ratification on 4 July 2013 and will be bound by the PCT from 4 October 2013. Accordingly, this entitles Iran to be automatically designated for any international patent applications filed on or after 4 October 2013. As Iran will be subject to Chapter II of PCT, it will also be automatically designated in any demand for international preliminary examination which has been filed by an Applicant from 4 October 2013 onwards. The nationals and residents of Iran will also be allowed to file international applications from 4 October 2013.
Iran has now become the 148th contracting state of the PCT and the 13th country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to accede to the PCT. Other countries in the region include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the UAE.
Iran has been a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since 1998. Iran is also signatory to various WIPO treaties related to intellectual property rights such as the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol for Trademarks, Locarno Agreement for International Classification of Industrial Designs, Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration and the Strasbourg Agreement concerning the International Patent Classification.