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Dear All,

We are pleased to advise you that our Head Office in Qatar and all our regional offices are fully operational either directly or remotely so as to better and timely service our clients and respond to their enquiries and concerns. Our fresh update regarding our Patent and Trademark Offices are summarized below:

AFGHANISTAN: As of 28 March 2020, all government offices in Kabul have been shut down for an initial three-week period (which will be reassessed by the government at the end of such period). The Afghanistan Patent and Trademark Office (APTO) still hasn't issued any official statement on the deadlines that fall into the indicated period but it can be assumed that any deadlines are automatically extended to the first working day.

IRAQ: Following a government-imposed curfew till March 29, the Trademark Office in Iraq now has suspended all operations until April 11, 2020.

EGYPT: The Trademark Office and the Patent Office in Egypt suspended all operations until April 8, 2020.

ETHIOPIA: The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office suspended all operations until further notice.

SYRIA: The Patent and Trademark Office in Syria announced it has suspended operations until further notice.

TUNISIA: The Patent and Trademark Office in Tunisia has suspended operations until April 6, 2020. Any deadlines are automatically extended to April 6, 2020.

OMAN: Pursuant to Head of Intellectual Property directives under circular no. WTS/2020 issued on 29 March 2020 it has been decided to suspend legal deadlines for all IP cases and submission of supporting documents noting that the Oman IP Directorate is still operational but with curtailed office hours.

JORDAN: The government of Jordan as re-assessed its initial closure period and on 29 March issued a notification to extend the closure of all public and private entities to another 14 days (to be expired on April 14, 2020).

In light of the above the Trademarks and Patent Office in Jordan will remain closed. Though the e-filing system of all Trademarks and Patents had been enacted since the beginning of this year it is practically suspended and any application submitted online will not be dealt with until the TMO re-opens.

JAH & Co. IP

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