23 December 2016 // Client-Attorney Privilege // Trademark Filings in Kurdistan-Northern Iraq
FICPI Comments to USPTO on PTAB Privilege Rule Proposal
Client-Attorney Privilege (CAP) provides protection to confidential communications between clients and their lawyers. FICPI believes that such protection should apply not only when a U.S. attorney is involved in the client communications but also when non-lawyer professional patent practitioners (U.S. and foreign) communicate with their clients.
Thus, on 19 December 2016, FICPI and the FICPI-U.S. Section jointly submitted to the USPTO written comments supporting a proposed PTAB rule which would provide such protection in PTAB proceedings. The project has been an ongoing CET Group 6 effort, and the U.S. Section with assistance of the Group has made two previous submissions to the USPTO and attended a USPTO Roundtable on the subject.
Trademark filings in Kurdistan-Northern Iraq is suspended until further notice. The recent fees increase had been proposed by the trademark authorities in August and published in October, though no action has been taken to implement the same. The Kurdistan Trademarks Office is expected to resume normal function in January 2017 with clear resolution on the implementation of new fees (in Arabic).
Iraq is divided into two trademark jurisdictions; Baghdad and Erbil, where filings should be undertaken separately in order to secure trademark protection for the whole country; duly noting that the registries operate independently of each other and filing a trademark application in one jurisdiction does not automatically grant protection in the other.
Erbil is the de-facto capital of the self-autonomous region of Northern Iraq- Kurdistan. This region represents immense interest to trademark owners around the world both in terms of covering the whole of Iraq and also for the tremendous potential it offers to brands.
The above information has been provided courtesy of JAH & Co. IP, of Doha, Qatar.