IP Rights in the Middle East
The Middle East is a transcontinental region in north-eastern Africa and western Asia. It lies at the juncture of Eurasia and Africa and of the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. It consists of sixteen (16) nations, including Bahrain, Gaza Strip, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Monaco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE, West Bank, and Yemen.
The competitiveness of the Middle East in the world markets of high-tech and science-intensive products largely depends on the effective use of IP. For quite a while now, the governments of many countries of this region have been paying close attention to the effective implementation of IP by constantly improving their legislative regulations. Let us now make ourselves familiar with the IP laws (covering trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and copyright) prevalent in all the previously-mentioned countries of the Middle East