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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

what you need to know

The implementing regulations of the GCC unified trademark law were issued in May 2015. The regulations are expected to be put into effect across all GCC countries although there will be no unified/centralized filing system as is the case with the GCC patent law.

Trademark applications will continue to be filed separately at the TMO of each GCC member state for protection, and the six different GCC countries will maintain their own
trademark registers.

The main features of the Trademark Law are:

• The definition of a trademark has been broadened to include sound and smell marks which are capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one enterprise from those of other enterprises.
• A trademark may be individual or collective.
• A separate application is required for each class.
• Claim of priority, based on an earlier-filed foreign application, is possible.
• Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar will be published for opposition purposes. Oppositions must be filed within 60 days from publication date.
• Trademark registrations are valid for 10 years from filing date and are renewable for like periods. There is a grace period of six months for late renewals.
• A trademark is vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party if there has been no effective use of the mark for a period of five consecutive years after registration.
• Registered trademarks can, after five years, become incontestable, at which point the exclusive right to use the mark is conclusively established.
• The law shall recognize famous trademarks that are well-known in the GCC member states and shall ensure protection thereof even if the marks are not registered.