Trademark registration: Requirements
A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office (Department of the Board of Trade) by a local agent. A notarized power of a legal representative authenticated by a Saudi Arabian consulate is necessary. A legalized Power of Attorney is required. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration. Multi-class applications are not allowed in Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, a separate application is to be filed for each class of goods/services.
Trademark registration: Procedure
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness, and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 12-14 months from first filing to registration. Before registration, the trademark application is published in the “Um-Al Qura” (official gazette of the Government, a periodical publication that has been authorized to publish public or legal notices). The opposition period is 90 days from the publication date of the application.
Trademark registration: Duration
Trademark registration in Saudi Arabia is valid for ten years (9 years and eight months Gregorian calendar) and starts with registration. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years (9 years and eight months).
Trademark registration: Methods
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within five years from the issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.
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