Which law does the country implement relating to trademarks?

GCC Trademarks Law

Is the country part of Paris Convention?


Is the country part of the Madrid Agreement?


Is the country part of the Madrid Protocol?


Is the country part of the TRIPS Agreement?


Is Apostil Acceptable?


Which classification of goods/services does the country adopt?

10th Edition with limitations on many products and services – refer to requirements section for local classification of goods and services available locally.

Are there any restrictions or limitations on the list of goods?

Yes, the below goods and services cannot be registered:

  • Pork and related products
  • Alcoholic beverages and related products
  • Bar and night club services

Refer to requirements section for local classification of goods and services available locally.

Can I register a trademark on class header?


Are there any restrictions on the use of the ® and TM symbols?

® and TM symbols may not be a part of the trademark while filing it, but can be used along with a registered trademark

Can priority be claimed?


Can colors be claimed?


Can you file a disclaimer in the filing application?


Can you conduct a search by applicant name?

Yes, however the search fees are calculated based on number of results found, thus the cost cannot be predicted and is expensive.

Is the certificate issued in paper or electronically?


If we register in one GCC country does it mean we are protected in the country?

No, there is no cooperation treaty for trademarks in the GCC.

Is there a requirement of use of mark to maintain the trademark registration throughout the entire valid protection period or to renew the mark?

Yes, but the TMO does not request any proof of use. However any interested third party can file a cancellation action against your trademark registration if the mark was not used for 3 consecutive years

If the applicant failed to renew the mark, can any third party re-register the same mark?

A mark, which is not renewed, cannot be re-registered in favor of third parties in respect of identical or similar goods or services before the lapse of three years from the date of non-renewal

Can the applicant withdraw the trademark application at any time?


Can you assign or amend details of a trademark that is under process?

No, any assignment or amendment should be done after the registration of the trademark is completed.

Do you have to include a consideration on the assignment document?


Are there any specific custom procedures in the country?


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