Qatar

Qatar Airways decries VisitQatar.com; Donuts launches anti-phishing tool; INTA to hold free legal clinic – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at brands risking a boycott for poor ad placement, new plans for the Victoria’s Secret brand, and much more.

Qatar Airways decries VisitQatar.com; Donuts launches anti-phishing tool; INTA to hold free legal clinic – news digest
Entering the Gulf – top tips for brand licensing and franchising in the Middle East
1 Jul 2019

Entering the Gulf – top tips for brand licensing and franchising in the Middle East

Some of the world’s biggest events, including the FIFA World Cup, are set to be held in the Middle East in the next few years. In an exclusive guest post, two experts from the region offer insights for international rights holders on brand licensing in the Gulf region.

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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6 Apr 2020

Where Sharia meets intellectual property: brand protection in GCC states

For brand owners that need to protect and enforce their intellectual property in the Persian Gulf, understanding the impact of Sharia law can help to ensure their actions are more effective. Read more

17 Apr 2018

Good news for IP owners: recent legislative changes improve IP protection

Qatar is currently seeking to reinforce its IP protection regime by providing a stronger legal basis for the protection of customer rights, in addition to improving administrative filing systems.

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5 Oct 2017

New deadline for trademark registration renewals

Qatari trademark authorities have released a new circular on the deadline for paying fees to renew trademark registrations. The authorities appear to have advanced the deadline for paying the fees by one day.

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15 Mar 2017

Adoption of 11th edition of Nice Classification - considerations for brand owners

Qatar has adopted the 11th edition of the Nice Classification. The necessary regulation has yet to be issued, but the Trademark Office will now accept applications in Classes 43, 44 and 45. There is still uncertainty as to how the transition to a 45-class system will proceed. However, in light of this development, brand owners may wish to review their strategies in Qatar.

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13 Jul 2005

Qatar drastically increases trademark fees

The official fees to file a trademark application, and have it published
and registered in Qatar will increase steeply on July 23. The provisions of
Ministerial Decision 47 of March 6 2005 will make the registration process six
times more expensive than at present. The new fees will apply to new and pending
applications.

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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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