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Saudi Arabia Trademark Registration Guide

Updated:2018-9-14 17:22:05    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:97

Saudi Arabia trademark registration mandatory to be granted rights over a trademark, as it is a "first to file" jurisdiction. The trademark applications must be filed with the Ministry of Commerce and Investment of Saudi Arabia (MCI). It is not necessary for a trademark to be in use in Saudi Arabia in order for it to register. Tannet’s professional trademark attorney in Saudi Arabia will help prepare and file your trademark for registration in the country.

Why seek for trademark registration?
1. You wish to be able to take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission, including counterfeiters.
2. You want to put the ® symbol next to your brand to show that it’s yours and warn others against using it.
3. You want to have the possibility to sell and license your brand.
4. You aim to increase your sales. Branded products sell, and they sell for more.

How to register a trademark in Saudi Arabia?
A separate application has to be filed for each class. Note that no trademark protection can be achieved for alcoholic goods in class 33 and alcoholic beer in class 32, Christmas trees and related products in class 28, pork meat in class 29, as well as related retail services in class 35.

1. Registrable marks
Names, words, signatures, letters, figures, drawings, logos, titles, hallmarks, seals, pictures, engravings, packs or any other mark or group of marks. The voice or odor shall be considered as part of the trademark.

2. Basic required materials for application
(1) Name and address of the applicant;
(2) List of goods/services;
(3) Clear trademark logo;
(4) Power of attorney (legalized).

3. Application process
Once the trademark application is filed with the Trademark Office in Saudi Arabia, the authority will perform an official search to prior trademarks. After the trademark has been searched by the Trademark office, the trademark application process begins. The entire trademark application process from filing an application to trademark registration takes about 12 to 14 months in Saudi Arabia. This time period is for a normal and smooth prosecution, meaning without any oppositions.

Trademark Duration
When a trademark is successfully registered in Saudi Arabia, a hard copy of the trademark certificate will not be issued. Only digital certificates are given by the trademark office of Saudi Arabia upon registration of a trademark.

A trademark registration is valid for 10 years according to the Islamic calendar as from the filing date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

Use of a trademark is not required for registration or renewal of a mark. However, a trademark may be canceled by any interested party if no effective use of the mark proved for a period of 5 years. To prevent this vulnerability, the use must be on a commercial scale. Lack of use may be justified in certain circumstances.

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