News has reached this part of the Empty Quarter from a client that the Iraqi Patent Office has recently started to require that applications for patents be accompanied by an Israel boycott declaration. In this particular example the declaration is required in the Power of Attorney provided by the local agent to the client and the local agent has confirmed that failure to provide the declaration will result in the application being rejected on the basis that the formality requirements have not been met. The boycott declaration had been a requirement in Iraq, but has not been since 2008. The Whats Up In IP? blog reports the same issue from last year.
This part of the Empty Quarter prefers clarity and hopes that an official announcement will be made by the authorities in Iraq as to whether the Israel boycott declaration is required or not.