Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is the Gulf’s wealthiest state and has designs on diversifying from oil and gas to become a world-class education and research centre; intellectual property is therefore higher up the political and economic agenda than it has ever been before. The WTR 1000 highlights the firms that can be entrusted with any trademark task.

Firms

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Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T
Kadasa & Partners in association with Rouse & Co International
Law Office of Nidal N Kadasa in association with Cedar White Bradley
Saba & Co Intellectual Property
SMAS-IP
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property has notched up some impressive statistics: it has over 40 years on the market, 21 offices throughout the region and a network of 150-plus foreign correspondents worldwide. All of this – coupled with its role in developing the region’s IP infrastructure and policies – makes it a leading actor on the Middle Eastern IP stage. Ma’an Al-Khen is the contact point in Riyadh.
Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T
Active throughout the Middle East, as well as in Africa and Asia – and armed with a deeply commercial understanding of intellectual property – Al-Otaishan is a popular port of call for companies in Gulf Cooperation Council countries with international horizons. The team knows chapter and verse when it comes to securing and protecting trademarks, and is also adept at litigating trademark infringement disputes before Saudi Arabia’s Administrative Court. Mohammad Saleh Al-Otaishan is the firm’s founder and manager. The former in-house IP and commercial law attorney understands what clients need in the way of legal and business guidance, and expect in the way of service.
Kadasa & Partners in association with Rouse & Co International
Kadasa & Partners’ association with international IP institution Rouse, matched with its tried-and-true local expertise, makes it a top name for trademarks in Saudi Arabia. It acts for a slew of international names with interests in the kingdom and is well equipped to field any question relating to the protection of brands. Its proficiency in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of border measures is a badge of distinction. Nassir Kadasa is the main man and one of the country’s most experienced IP pros. Rouse’s Edward Hardcastle is another name to note. An IP enforcement ace, he nonetheless wears many hats and oversees Rouse’s regional prosecution practice and formalities team.
Law Office of Nidal N Kadasa in association with Cedar White Bradley
This law firm acts in association with Cedar White Bradley (CWB), a leading IP specialist that excels at devising and executing customised strategic branding solutions throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It thrives on complex instructions, whether proving the reputation of relatively indistinct marks or working past trademark office refusals to get clients the rights they need to do business; opposition and cancellation actions are also a forte. Litigation and anti-counterfeiting maven Nidal Kadasa became CWB’s managing partner for Saudi Arabia in 2015.
Saba & Co Intellectual Property
Saba & Co has been a constant guiding light as IP law in the Middle East has developed from infancy to maturity. From branch and representative offices throughout the region – and further afield – it offers a wraparound prosecution and enforcement service aimed at supporting brand and business development.
SMAS-IP
SMAS started out life as a commercial law firm, but it came to focus on intellectual property as the practice area gained significance in the region. It takes a distinctively business-minded approach to the trademark discipline, showcasing a nuanced appreciation of the value that brands can bring to a company’s bottom line. Building portfolios and then helping clients to maximise the value from them is the group’s laser focus. Nedal Alkharouf is the managing partner.

Individuals

Mohammad Saleh Al-Otaishan - Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T
Edward Hardcastle - Rouse & Co International
Nassir Kadasa - Kadasa & Partners in association with Rouse & Co International
Nidal Kadasa - Law Office of Nidal N Kadasa in association with Cedar White Bradley
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