Kuwait

World IP Day celebrated around the globe, Special 301 released, and IP Australia annual report: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at planned IP improvements in Kuwait, research which finds consumers are quick to “dump brands”, LL Cool J prevailing in a trademark dispute, and much more.

World IP Day celebrated around the globe, Special 301 released, and IP Australia annual report: news digest
Despite the potential of the Middle East, excessive fees are leading to a shrinking trademark market: exclusive data analysis
15 Jun 2018

Despite the potential of the Middle East, excessive fees are leading to a shrinking trademark market: exclusive data analysis

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.

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2 Jul 2018

Implementation of new standard condition on trademarks: what rights holders should know

The Kuwaiti Trademark Office has started to apply a new condition to all marks consisting of two or more elements. Although the practical impact of this condition is likely to be low, it nevertheless creates some concerns.

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25 Apr 2018

New e-filing system: towards the modernisation of the trademark prosecution process

Kuwait has introduced a new e-filing system for trademark applications. This update examines how the country is modernising its trademark prosecution process in line with international best practices.

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3 Apr 2018

Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”, and much more. Read more

1 Mar 2016

Establishing bona fide use in the Middle East and Africa

The <em class="Alright-italic">bona fide</em> use requirement in the Middle East and Africa differs significantly from that in the United States. We examine the different evidence that may be considered when challenging an applicant’s use in administrative or court proceedings

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17 Nov 2015

“Huge shock” for IP professionals as trademark fees in Kuwait set to rise 15-fold

Kuwait has become the latest of the Gulf states to increase its trademark costs, with filing, registration and publication fees set to rocket in the coming weeks. One local commentator tells <i>World Trademark Review</i> that it “is going to be a huge shock for IP professionals and brand owners on the ground in Kuwait”.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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21 Apr 2015

New Intellectual Property Protection Committee established

The new Intellectual Property Protection Committee is now the competent authority to receive all complaints related to trademark infringement. The process for filing a complaint is much faster compared to the previous procedures, which involved lengthy formal requirements. The change is an indication that the Trademark Office and associated governmental agencies are recognising the importance of the fight against counterfeiting.

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28 Oct 2014

From zero to hero? Does Kuwait's accession to the Berne and Paris Conventions make a difference?

On September 2 2014 Kuwait became the 169th country to accede to the Berne Convention; on the same day, the country acceded to the Paris Convention. As a result of these accessions, Kuwait will become a member of both the Paris and Berne Conventions on December 2 2014. This update considers the likely impact of the Berne and Paris Conventions in Kuwait. Will they turn Kuwait from an IP zero to an IP hero?

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22 Feb 2016

Recent developments of the Kuwaiti Trademark Law

A new regulation has introduced changes to the trademark application, examination, publication and registration procedures, and also governs the assignment, mortgage and seizure of trademarks. It has also extended the definition of a ‘trademark’ to include single colours, combinations of colours, sound marks and smell marks.

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