At SMAS-IP, we value creativity and innovation and since 1964 this has been at the core of our service provision with the desire to preserve our clients’ Intellectual Property rights. The role of IP rights in economic development cannot be over-emphasized and it is against this background that we are dedicated to fulfilling this reality through our services in the Arab World. As a firm we do not only operate in the MENA region but worldwide through our strong business associates and cooperation with famous global IP firms.
SMAS-IP has a track record of innovative service delivery. With over 50 years of continued professional legal service we have a rich heritage, but our thinking remains broad-minded.
Permanent representative to the united nations in Geneva ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Alwasil submitted the instruments of locarno agreement establishing an international classification for industrial designs and the vienna agreement establishing an international classification of the figurative elements of marks.
The IP governmental office in the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade has announced continuation of their operations on the 25th.August.2020 that were halted after the catastrophic blast in Beirut.
The Lebanese IP Office is partially operational, accepting patent and design applications, new trademark applications with a priority claim, renewals and annuities, and all recordal applications. However, new trademark applications that do not hold a priority claim are being submitted online only, examination will start upon further notification from the office.
Moreover, all deadlines (Renewals, annuities, priorities, documents submission) are now extended officially until the end of this year (31st.December.2020) in accordance with Law No. 185 that has been signed and approved by the cabinet. Deadlines were originally extended as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Lebanon, and now extended further due to the economic situation in Lebanon with Covid-19 and the explosion that has left the capital of Lebanon with a lot of destruction.
The Data Protection Law in Egypt has been approved and published in the official gazette on the 15th of July under Resolution No. 151 for the year 2020 to be implemented within three (3) months from the aforementioned date, which leaves us now halfway through to full implementation.
This law is complementary to the Egyptian government’s efforts to transform and preserve the way digital interactions take place on daily basis. In addition, it aims to protect the privacy and integrity of personal data held on individuals by various businesses and organizations.
Furthermore, under this law, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will issue the Data Protection Law’s Executive regulations within six months from the date of active implementation of the Data Protection Law itself.
In accordance with the law, A Data Protection Center has been established to be the regulatory body targeting to maintain compliance with the said law. The Egyptian Prime Minister has also approved the hiring of a chief executive officer to be responsible for setting the needed data protection policies, strategies and procedures.
In a nutshell, the newly issued Data Protection Law primarily addresses the rights for use of sensitive personal data, cross-border electronic transfers, monetary penalties and criminal sanctions for violations of the Data Protection Law taking into consideration compliance with the international General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
The companies’ obligations sat under the law requires companies to implement them within three (3) months from the law’s date of publication, or companies might risk a fine no less than one hundred thousand Egyptian Pound (100,000 EGP) and/or imprisonment for a minimum of six (6) months.
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