Region: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia adopts GCC trademark law

Saudi Arabia has become the third Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state to adopt the GCC Trademark Law and Implementing Regulations. The new law contains some provisions which are significantly different to the old Saudi Trademark Law and which should lead to notable changes in practice and procedure.

31 October 2016

Applicants allowed to amend applications according to reason for refusal

The Trademark Office has added a new option that allows trademark applicants to amend their applications according to the reason for rejection issued by the registrar, without the need to file an appeal. The amendment must be made within 10 days from the date of notification of rejection.

29 May 2015

Significant changes to trademark application process introduced

With effect from September 25 2013, the Trademark Office has made significant changes to the trademark application process. All rights holders will need to be aware of these changes when instructing trademark applications in Saudi Arabia. Among other things, all applications must now be submitted electronically, and all trademark attorney firms must register with the Trademark Filing Portal to be able to file electronic applications.

17 October 2013

'.sa' ccTLD is opened up

It is now possible to register domain names directly in Saudi Arabia’s ccTLD, ‘.sa’. The sunrise period for applications started on January 10 2011 and will end on March 7 2011. The landrush phase opens on May 2 2011. Given that the letters ‘SA’ indicate corporate entities in some European countries, the ‘.sa’ domain may attract interest beyond Saudi Arabia.

24 February 2011

Saudi customs authorities work with private sector to fight counterfeiting

The Saudi Arabia Customs Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with a fraud and counterfeiting-detection company.

28 January 2009

Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law approved

The Saudi Cabinet has endorsed the Trademark Law of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia joins the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which have already approved the law. The new law will bring about a number of eagerly awaited changes for trademark owners. Among other things, the definition of a 'trademark' will be widened to include non-traditional marks.

03 March 2008

Directorate jumps the gun by accepting design registrations

The General Directorate of Patents has begun accepting applications forthe registration of industrial designs, even though the Industrial Designs Lawhas not yet been published. It is not yet clear whether the law will apply toregistrations filed for designs that have already been published, or whether itwill protect only those designs published after filing for registration.

29 September 2004

Saudi Arabia accedes to Paris Convention

Saudi Arabia has acceded to the Paris Convention. The decree confirming accession highlights that most provisions of the convention have been adopted. However, the decree expresses some concern over the application of Article 7, which states that the nature of goods should not be an obstacle to registration, because some goods are banned under Islamic law.

31 March 2004

Representations of living creatures now registrable

The Review Panel overseeing the Board of Grievances issued in the autumn a landmark decision removing the prohibition against the registration of living creatures as trademarks. The decision is in line with the requirements for Saudi Arabia's accession to the World Trade Organization and the TRIPs Agreement.

26 January 2004

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