Increase in official fees for publication of trademark matters

Saudi Arabia

The following fees for publication of trademark matters have changed from February 19 2017:

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Old publication fees

New publication fees

Assignment/merger

Sr500 / US$135

Sr1,500 / US$400

Licence

Sr1,000 / US$270

Sr2,000 / US$535

Cancellation of a licence

Sr1,000 / US$270

Sr2,000 / US$535

Change of name

Sr0 / US$0

Sr1,500 / US$400

Change of address

Sr0 / US$0

Sr1,500 / US$400

These fees for publication have not changed:

Trademark application (foreign company)

Sr3,000 / US$800

Trademark application (Saudi company)

Sr1,500 / US$400

Trademark renewal (foreign company)

Sr3,000 / US$800

Trademark renewal (Saudi company)

Sr1,500 / US$400

Amendment of the representation of a mark

Sr1,500 / US$400

Mortgage/security interest

Sr3,000 / US$800

Release of a mortgage/security interest

Sr3,000 / US$800

Voluntary cancellation of a registration

Sr3,000 / US$800

The increased fees apply to all publication fees payable from February 19 2017. The increase has been implemented by the company responsible for publication. There has not been an official announcement and the Implementing Regulations of the Trademark Law have not been amended. The existing fees for publication already differ from those in the Implementing Regulations.

This is the second increase in six months following amendments implemented on September 29 2016 when the revised Trademark Law and Implementing Regulations came into force to implement the unified terms of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Trademark Law. These new fees are more than anticipated by the Implementing Regulations of the Trademark Law:

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Publication fees in Implementing Regulations

Publication fees prior to February 19 2017

Publication fees from February 19 2017

Assignment/merger

Sr500

Sr500

Sr1,500

Licence

Sr1,000

Sr1,000

Sr2,000

Change of name

Sr500

Sr0

Sr1,500

Change of address

Sr500

Sr0

Sr1,500

Those increases in turn followed an increase earlier in 2016 when publication fees for renewals increased to Sr3,000. 

The almost relentless increase in official fees in Saudi Arabia has been matched by increases in Bahrain and Kuwait following legislation in those countries to implement the terms of the unified GCC Trademark Law. Significant increases in official fees are anticipated in Oman and Qatar when legislation is introduced to implement the terms of the unified GCC Trademark Law in those countries. The official fees in the United Arab Emirates are higher than those anticipated by the unified GCC Trademark Law and the official fees in the UAE are not expected to be reduced when the GCC Trademark Law is implemented there.

Edward Hardcastle, Rouse, United Arab Emirates

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