TAGLegal Digest 2017


  • TAGLegal Digest 2017
  • Source : TAGLegal Digest 2017
January 2017

Algeria Raises VAT by 2 Percent 
The Qatari Ministry of Economy and Commerce has extended the grace period in January 2017 for another six months for companies to comply with the new Commercial Companies Law No (11) of 2015.
Industrial Property Code Enters Into Force in Turkey 
The Turkish Patent Institute announced that Intellectual Property (IP) official fees have been increased as from January 1, 2017.

February 2017

The Qatari Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on February 16, 2017 issued Law No. (2) of 2017 on arbitration in civil and commercial matters. The Law stipulates that it shall be implemented and published in the Official Gazette.
The Saudi Trademark Office announced that an increase in the official trademark publication fees applications will be applied in Saudi Arabia as from February 19, 2017.

March 2017

Egyptian Patent Office Increases Patents Examination Fees 
A Royal Decree endorsed the Cabinet’s decision on the “flexible working hours by-law for 2017” in Jordan

April 2017

In Jordan, Cabinet Endorsers 14 Bills, By-laws to Reform Judiciary

May 2017

Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait Manages .KW Registry
GCC Companies Allowed to Open Branches in Qatar
DIFC Companies Can Now Obtain Dubai Economy Dual Licenses to Operate Across Dubai
Ajman DED Adopts Trade Names Booking System

June 2017 

Amended Patent Law Comes into Force in Jordan
Oman Placed Among Top Five Countries Globally in Cybersecurity 
UAE Ranked 1st Among Arab Countries and 35th Worldwide in Global Innovation Index 2017 
Dubai Economy Launches ‘Digital Protection’ Initiative to Certify E-commerce Websites

July 2017 
In UAE, Dubai Economy Launches “Instant License Service” to Get Commercial Licenses within Five Minutes
Kuwaiti CITRA Begins Domain Name Registration
In UAE, Registration is Now Available for Trademark Owners before DED

August 2017

New Practice for Filing New Trademark Applications in Bahrain
Egypt I issues executive regulation for law licensing industrial establishments

September 2017

Lebanon Applies a New VAT Rate 
Increase in Patent Maintenance Fees in Russia
VAT Implementation Regulations Approved in KSA
In UAE, Complex Tech and Construction Disputes can Now Turn to New specialized DIFC Courts Division
October 2017

The issuance of a New Trust Law and Foundation Law for Public Consultation in Dubai

November 2017

Qatar and Tunisia Introduce E-Filing of Trademark Applications
Fines to Replace Court Trials in Dubai in Minor Offences

December 2017

UAE announces 'Electronic Trading' license initiative
Jordan approves smart apps for public transport
No Value-Added Tax until 2019 in Oman
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