Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sudan: new regulations for translations and powers of attorney

The INTA Bulletin for 15 May 2009 (Vol. 64, No. 10) carries news, supplied by Nada Zaitoon (Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property News Agency, Amman, Jordan) of Sudan's new trade mark regulations. The Registrar General of Intellectual Property at the Sudanese Ministry of Justice has issued Trade Mark Regulation 1/2009, to regulate the work of trade mark agents. From 1 July 2009 a power of attorney is required when filing, registering or renewing trade marks, whether the agent is inside or outside the country, and any document submitted in a language other than English or Arabic must be translated by an authorized translation office in Sudan.

Other items in the new regulation have been in force since 6 April 2009. These concern, among other things, legalisation of powers of attorney issued outside Sudan at the Sudanese Consulate in the country of origin (or in the closest country if there is no Sudanese representation in that country).

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