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We are excited to share the latest edition of the Law Update, beautifully and appropriately titled “Sustainable Horizons: The Saudi Arabian Vision.” Giving special honor to the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, this update focuses on a collection of both informative and inspiring articles.
For those in construction, you can learn about how the tendering environment impacts risk-pricing for contractors, the updates on the legal framework of the construction industry and how contractors can protect themselves against financial difficulties.
There is good news too from the kingdom’s banking sector, from which the practice of “Open Banking” is being pushed for! But what is open banking? We’re answering that too.
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With significant growth in Libya expected this year, it is anticipated that brand owners will have to revisit their trademark protection strategies for this growing North African economy sooner, rather than later.
As widely reported, the Libyan Trademarks Office recently resumed its services and is now accepting requests for trade mark searches, as well as new trademark applications after being closed for almost two years.
During the period 2009 to 2011, a number of changes took place in respect of the protection of trade marks in Libya which are worth revisiting in light of anticipated new interest in the protection of valuable trade mark assets in this jurisdiction:
Classification of Goods and Services
With respect to the classification of goods and services the eighth edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services is followed, with the exception that trademarks cannot be protected in respect of goods in class 33, alcoholic beverages in class 32 and certain Christmas related goods included in class 28.
It is also important to note that “veterinary apparatus and instruments” were added to Class 10 and as alluded to above, “decorations for Christmas trees and related products” were removed from Class 28.
New TradeMark Law
Back in 2010 a new trade mark law was published replacing the Law No. 40 of 1956, but the implementing regulations to this law have not been issued. The new law included the following important developments:
Trademark Filing Requirements
The documents required in respect of a trademark application are (i) a Power of Attorney incorporating an Arabic translation and (ii) a certified copy of the Incorporation Certificate of the applicant – both duly legalized up to Libyan Consulate. Importantly, a copy of a home or foreign registration certificate is no longer required.
If you require any assistance with respect to the prosecution of trade marks in Libya, please contact Mohammed Ali at email@example.com.
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