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01 October 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.

01 July 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.

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).

28 January 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 Sharia. 

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.

30 April 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”.

31 March 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.

13 December 2016

Litigation procedures and strategies: Saudi Arabia

The Saudi legal system is based on Sharia (Islamic law), an uncodified set of rules and principles derived primarily from the Quran and from the practices and sayings (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad. The interpretation of Sharia varies across different schools of Islamic jurisprudence that have emerged over time.

31 October 2016

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.

28 January 2009

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.

03 March 2008

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.