In this week’s data report, we examine the state of the trademark market in the Middle East, taking an in-depth look at filing trends in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.
In another shock for the IP community in the Middle East, two more countries have announced significant trademark fee increases that will have brand owners re-evaluating their registration strategies in the region. One expert tells us that, while the fee rises are considerable, there are more affordable avenues of protection that can be considered.
Bahrain has acceded to several international agreements, including the Madrid Protocol and the Nice Agreement. Although a number of implementing laws have yet to come into force, the move underlines Bahrain's continuing commitment to protecting IP rights.