Although the Syrian Arab Republic is not a pariah nation within the trade mark community, it has not been seen as a fertile ground for the protection and exploitation of leading Western brands and this perception has not been helped by Syria's absence from the list of countries belonging to the pro-IP World Trade Organization. However in 2001, according to WIPO's Publication A statistics, Syria granted a very respectable 3,818 trade marks, a figure exceeding that of several small European economies as well as Egypt.
The IPKat welcomes Syria's recent deposit of instruments of accession to both the Madrid Agreement and (more importantly) the Madrid Protocol, which will make it easier for foreign businesses to secure trade mark protection in Syria. Both Madrids come into effect for Syria on 5 August 2004.
For Syria's "shiny brilliant brand" in the cool world of refrigeration click here
Other leading Syrian brands here and here
Tuesday, 11 May 2004
Posted by Jeremy at 9:21:00 a.m.