New GCC trademark law sparks change across the region

By David Harper and Rachel Armstrong

The Gulf Cooperation Council States Trademark Law came one step closer to reality when it was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in Saudi Arabia. While a single trademark law for the region is positive news, it will mean big changes for each state.

The revised draft of the Gulf Cooperation Council States (GCC) Trademark Law was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in Saudi Arabia on May 19 2014, following its publication in Bahrain on February 27 2014. The law would provide a unified trademark regime for the six GCC states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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