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Welcome to the latest edition of Law Update titled “Rise of Generative AI.”
In this edition, we dive into the dynamic world of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. TMT continues to play a vital role in positioning the region as an international business and social hub, driving significant growth and innovation.
Our focus in this Law Update is on the sector’s ongoing potential to advance and propel the region toward a more digital economy. We explore the benefits of embracing a digital transformation and how local authorities have responded by enhancing regulations to accommodate the evolving TMT landscape.
This edition covers a range of topics, including – the new Telecommunications & Information Technology Law in Saudi Arabia, the intricacies of trademarks in the Metaverse, and the legal challenges faced by the video game industry. Additionally, we take a regional perspective, discussing jurisdictions such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the TMT landscape.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this packed issue of Law Update, filled with captivating articles that address key legal issues within a vital sector for the region.Read the full edition
The Jordanian Custom Department and the Jordanian legislative authority have recently provided a draft law on border measures amending the current Customs Law. The draft law is expected set out protective measures for intellectual property attached to goods being imported and exported and aims to strengthen border control measures to deal with piracy and counterfeiting found in such goods. The new law is expected to be aligned with the specific provisions found in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
Currently, the trademark databases at the Jordanian Customs office and the Trademark Office are connected, thereby allowing Customs officials to access any and all trademarks already registered. However, presently, in the event that a customs official suspects a trademark infringement, their authority is limited to suspending importation or exportation of the goods and notifying the trademark owner, in order for the owner to file a claim within the legal timeframe allowed.
Should the draft law be ratified and enacted, the Customs’ officials will be granted further power to identify, intercept, and confiscate shipments of goods bearing infringing marks and inform the rights holder as well as the importer. These authorities will not require any previous action or complaint by the owner of the right(s). In fact, the new law goes further and grants Customs officials the authority to take the action or file claim against an infringer without reverting to the right owner
In applying this law, it is predicted that that IP protection for trademark owners will be enhanced, as the Jordanian Customs department will be able to lodge complaints against counterfeit goods without requiring previous instructions from the owner of the rights. In future, this is expected to decrease the number of forged and pirated goods entering and exiting Jordan.
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