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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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?
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.