The Trademarks Office in Iraq has stipulated new directives on registration of trademark. These directives came into effect as of March 3, 2016.
Now it is mandatory for the applicant to conduct a trademark clearance search for each class of goods / services at the Trademark Office prior the filing particulars are issued. The Trademark Office confirms that the result of the official search will be revealed after 10 working days. If the search result revealed no cited marks that can block the registration of the proposed mark, the application will then follow the standard registration procedure.
The practices of placing Arabic transliteration above the Latin script are no longer prerequisite for filing trademark application.
These new directives are expected to cut down the backlog of work by minimizing the prolonged time it takes to perform examination on relative grounds.