Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a firm plan in place – dubbed Saudi Vision 2030 – to reduce its dependence on oil and diversify its economy. Development of a knowledge-based economy is pivotal to this, which means that intellectual property is moving up the political and economic agenda.

Firms

  • Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
  • Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T
  • Kadasa Intellectual Property
  • Saba & Co Intellectual Property
  • SMAS-IP

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property is famed worldwide for its expertise protecting intangible rights in the Arab world; after all, it has played – and continues to play – a strong hand in developing the region’s IP laws and infrastructure. The firm provides gold-standard guidance on all trademark matters and has solutions at the ready for both routine and complex problems.

Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T

Riyadh-based Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm dispatches all trademark instructions with an assured hand and at a reassuringly sensitive price. Its international horizons have broadened since it was founded in 2009; back then, the firm predominantly focused on Gulf Cooperation Council countries, but now proficiently and swiftly protects and enforces trademark rights in over 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. On both trademark and patent fronts the set had a productive year in 2018; it established a dedicated trademark searching and watching department; filed patents at a significantly increased clip; and hired several professionals with impressive technical backgrounds. Mohammad Saleh Al-Otaishan is the architect of the firm’s rapid rise and great success. Having worked in-house as an IP and commercial lawyer, he is an ever-reliable legal and business guide for his clients.

Kadasa Intellectual Property

The talented and cosmopolitan team at Kadasa Intellectual Property has a rich comprehension of trademark and IP law with which it fuels excellent prosecution, portfolio management, enforcement and transactional practices. Offering clients a replete menu of anti-counterfeiting assistance, border measures and litigation options, the ensemble is best known for its contentious prowess – founding partner Nassir Kadasa was the first Saudi lawyer to win an infringement lawsuit against a Saudi entity on behalf of a foreign company. The firm is extremely active internationally – with activities in approximately 180 countries at last count – through an extended network of first-rate foreign associates.

Saba & Co Intellectual Property

Award-winning Saba IP has been in business for 93 years and has accumulated infinite wisdom when it comes to intellectual property in the Middle East. Whether securing trademark registrations or enforcing its clients’ rights with hard-hitting strategies, the firm delivers classy results. Al Hadaf Marks Services is the organisation’s representative office in Saudi Arabia.

SMAS-IP

Founded in Riyadh in the 1960s, SMAS-IP has been there every step of the way as IP law and policy have evolved and developed in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa; in fact, the firm has often set the standard for the advancement of industry practice. Operating directly in 17 jurisdictions, it understands the finer points of regional trademark strategy. The firm is notable for its collaborative ethos and commitment to excellent customer service.

Other recommended experts

Cedar White Bradley’s Nina Osseiran is a dexterous trademark lawyer whose expertise encompasses search and clearance, prosecution, portfolio management, licensing and enforcement. She has a wealth of experience in the United States on her résumé having worked as an associate at Howrey (and before that at Foley & Lardner) and is an essential touchpoint for US companies doing business in the Middle East.

Individuals

  • Mohammad Saleh Al-Otaishan - Al-Otaishan Intellectual Property & Technology Law Firm AIP&T
  • Nassir Kadasa - Kadasa Intellectual Property
  • Nina Osseiran - Cedar White Bradley Consulting