Syria - changes concerning official approval of POA
The Syrian Patent and Trademark Office has changed the requirements regarding the official approval of powers of attorney.
By: Jens Liesegang
According to recent government instructions, official approval of new powers of attorney is now taking a lengthy period of time. Prior to these instructions, the process of sworn translation, official approval and final legalization used to take 1 to 1.5 months. Now the doc has also to be approved by State Security (another 10 – 15 days) before final legalization by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and retention by Notary Public. Therefore, powers of attorney have to be ready at time of receipt of instructions or within a reasonable time.
Time allowed for filing a certified copy of the-would-be-held power of attorney by Notary Public (subject to a monthly penalty for late filing) is:
- 3 months for patents and opposition to provisional refusals of IRs.
- 6 months from filing date for new and renewal applications of trademarks or designs.