Over the past few decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region witnessed an increased interest in intellectual property (IP). This is primarily evidenced by the urge to ratify outdated IP laws, introduce new IP laws for the first time, and/or issue and update implementing regulations.
With the exception of countries such as Libya, the current laws and regulations governing IP rights are in line with expected international practices. The law’s provision for the basic filing and priority rights, allowed
subject matter, clear definitions of the patent owners’ rights and, most importantly, the legal recourse for asserting and enforcing these rights.
Despite the hesitation and doubt by foreign IP owners of the adequate enforcement of the related rights, it is too early to pronounce a verdict on this subject either way. As is the case whenever there is an attempt to discuss IP matters for the MENA region, it is not possible to describe the various articles and provisions in every country without boring the reader! There are certain statements that can be made generally; however, in this article, the focus will be on one or two countries based on their market size and also based on country experience in such matters.

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