Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Curtis Selected as Top Global 20 Firm by Law360

We are very happy to announce that Law360 has ranked Curtis as one of its Global 20 law firms.  Curtis ranked 13th overall in the prestigious annual Global 20 list, which recognizes the 20 law firms “which had the biggest global presence and handled the largest, most significant and groundbreaking international and cross-border matters over the past year.”

The Global 20, writes Law360, “is a mix of multinational powerhouses, vereins and U.S. firms with a small but significant presence in key global markets." 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Law on Anti-Dumping

Royal Decree 20 of 2015 (“RD”), published in the Official Gazette on 24 May 2015, promulgates the GCC Common Law on Anti-Dumping, Countervailing Measures and Safeguards. The RD came into force the day after its publication and it is expected to ensure a “level playing field” between domestic companies and imports into Oman by providing for “anti-dumping” (“AD”) and “countervailing duties” (“CVD”) where dumped or unfairly subsidized imports have injured the domestic industry in Oman.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Work Hours Sensitivity during Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of Hijri/Islamic calendar which is considered to be the holiest month in the year when Muslims worldwide do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours. Ramadan begins on sighting of the moon as per the lunar calendar and ends with the celebration of Eid-Al-Fitr. Fasting is considered to be one of the five pillars of Islam. During the holy month, Muslims give extra emphasis on prayers, spirituality, inner strength and patience.

During this period it is important for colleagues, managers, supervisors and other stakeholders to be sensitive to the requirements of their Muslim colleagues.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Register a Trademark in Oman

A trademark under Omani law is defined as “A mark that may be subjected to topography in a specific manner that allows the distinguishing of goods (trademark) or services (service marks) produced by a particular establishment from those produced by other establishments. The mark may, in particular, be words (including personal names), drawings, letters, colours, group of colours, numbers, shape of goods, their canning, three-dimensional pictures, geographical indicators, voices, fragrance or taste.”

The Law of Industrial Property Rights promulgated pursuant to Royal Decree 67 of 2008 (the “IP Law”) is the legislation that governs trademarks in Oman and Ministerial Decision 105/2008 sets out the Executive Regulations for the IP Law (the “Executive Regulations”).