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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.

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

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1 Oct 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Saudi Arabia

There are no specific provisions relating to international non-proprietary names (INNs) in Saudi Arabia’s Trademark Law. As a member of the WHO, in practice Saudi Arabia implements the World Health Assembly resolution over INNs. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance adopted border measures for the protection of trademarks and copyrights in 2004. According to government sources, the measures are in line with Section 4 Part III of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Saudi Arabia

Under Saudi trademark law, there are clear provisions relating to the award of damages in trademark infringement cases. However, the award of damages is dictated by the principles of Islamic ShariaRead more

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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. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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1 Oct 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Saudi Arabia

There are no specific provisions relating to international non-proprietary names (INNs) in Saudi Arabia’s Trademark Law. As a member of the WHO, in practice Saudi Arabia implements the World Health Assembly resolution over INNs. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance adopted border measures for the protection of trademarks and copyrights in 2004. According to government sources, the measures are in line with Section 4 Part III of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Saudi Arabia

Under Saudi trademark law, there are clear provisions relating to the award of damages in trademark infringement cases. However, the award of damages is dictated by the principles of Islamic ShariaRead more

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Customs has an internal IP rights unit which provides a database to facilitate enforcement against counterfeit goods. It is possible to formally request customs surveillance to safeguard against counterfeiting and trademark infringement. Read more

IP offices

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1 Mar 2017

Increase in official fees for publication of trademark matters

The fees for publication of certain trademark matters – including assignment/merger, licensing and cancellation of a licence – have changed from February 19 2017. This is the second increase in six months following amendments implemented in September 2016. Read more

Trademark law

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14 Sep 2018

Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more. Read more

30 Apr 2018

US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE

The USTR has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, and Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP”. Read more

22 Nov 2017

Changes to powers of attorney in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has issued a judicial announcement in which it stated that powers of attorney provided to legal advisers and IP representatives will be considered valid for five years only from the date of issuance.  Read more

31 Mar 2017

ACFD recognises importance of protecting registered trademarks against use as trade names

Traditionally, the approach of the Anti-counterfeiting and Fraud Department (ACFD) to trademark infringement was that trademark rights may be enforced only against infringing goods. However, a recent case shows that the ACDF now seems to be recognising the importance of protecting a registered owner’s trademark against use as a trade name. Read more

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