The non-issuance of the Implementing Regulations of the copyright law has delayed the full implementation of the law.
A new Law No. 28 of 2011 related to Industrial Designs has been issued in Yemen, the new law has indicated the following:
The validity of a design registration is now ten years calculated from the application filing date, and is not renewable.
An application in respect of a design is submitted to the registry along with its supporting documents. The Registrar notifies the applicant of the receipt of his application within about one month. The application then proceeds to examination, following which a decision to accept the application or reject it is issued. Once an application is accepted, it is entered in the register and published in the Official Gazette. Any interested third party may file an opposition against the design application within 90 days from the publication date. In the absence of any opposition, it proceeds to registration for the issuance of the registration certificate.
A design can be licensed or assigned ...
Domain name registration is now possible in Yemen through hosting a domain name with Yemen Net (the main ISP).
A new Law No. 2 of 2011 related to Patents, Utility Models, Integrated Circuits, and Trade Secrets has been issued in Yemen. The new law has included the following points:
- Absolute novelty is required.
- A patent application can be amended by the request of the applicant.
- Priority can be claimed in Yemen within 12 months from the filing date of any prior application filed in any member country of international intellectual property conventions.
- The term of protection has been increased to 20 years calculated from the filing date instead of 15 years applied in the previous law.
- An application that has been published in the Official Gazette can be opposed by any interested third party within 90 days from publication, noting that the opposition decision can also be appealed with the Commercial Court within 30 days from receiving the decision.
- Annuities should be paid annually, and a patent ...
A new Law No. 23 of 2010 related to Trademarks and Geographical Indications has been issued in Yemen along with its Implementing Regulations. The new law has included the following points:
- The opposition period has been decreased to 90 days calculated from the publication date.
- The 8th Edition of the Nice Classification has been adopted without the local sub-classification, noting that Class 33 and alcoholic beverages in Class 32 cannot be registered in Yemen.
- The official fees for filing a trademark in black & white and in color are now the same.
- The Trademark Office will not issue any certificates for renewal, change of name, change of address, merger or assignment.
- The grace period for the renewal of a mark registration has been increased to 12 months, noting this would be subjected to the payment of lateness fine.
- Any mark cancelled by the request of its owner can not be registered ...