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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Sep 13, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 16/16)
Saudi Arabia
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Major Procedural and Fee Changes Expected

There are major procedural and fee changes in Saudi Arabia expected. The GCC TM Law and its Implementing Regulations had been published in the Official Gazette in Saudi Arabia (Um Al- Qura), issue No. 4625, on July 1, 2016. Pursuant to the Saudi Royal Degree No. M/51 dated April 26, 2014, the GCC TM Law shall come into force in Saudi Arabia within 90 days from the publication of the Implementing Regulations of the GCC TM Law (September 27, 2016).

Following is the verbal information provided by the Saudi Trademark Office:
1. Possible hike in official trademark registration fees from USD 1,870 to USD 2,400.
2. The opposition period will be shortened from the current 90 days to 60 days for all new applications filed on or after the implementation of Law.
3. The oppositions are to be filed with the Higher Committee of the Trademark Office, swapping the current practice of filing opposition with the court.
4. There would be official fees for appeals to Minister & Oppositions.
5. Similar to the implementation of GCC Trademarks Law in other gulf states it is expected that the increased fees would be applied retroactively for pending applications in terms of publication and registration.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar