What are the advantages of registering the Arabic rendition of a Latin trademark?

When it comes to the treatment of trademarks in a multi-lingual context, trademark laws of Arab countries are traditionally designed to avoid conflicts between marks across different languages, and to provide specifically for the protection of the transliteration of marks. Accordingly, the registration of a trademark in its Latin (original) script in any Arab country ...

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To what extent are trademark laws harmonized in the Middle East countries?

There is some element of harmonization with common standards available across the different Arab countries, though each country has the primary responsibility for the regulation of the trademark matters within its jurisdiction and consequently each has its own trademark laws with slight differences in the procedural aspects. The standard definition of a trademark is ...

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How are trademark applications classified?

It is necessary to file applications in the MENA in respect of certain goods or services. All jurisdictions have adopted the Nice Classification with some having their own requirements as to what type of specification of goods or services will be permitted. For example, in Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab ...

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Is the use of a trademark a registration requirement?

It is possible to register a trademark in the MENA without actually using it. So it will not be necessary to provide detailed information in trademark applications regarding the existing use of the trademark. However, trademark rights should be maintained through actual use. Trademark registrations in most jurisdictions may be vulnerable to cancellation in the ...

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Are patent applications examined in Arabic or English?

Depending on the country, applications will be examined in either language. For example, patent applications in Egypt, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are always examined based on the Arabic translation of the specifications. The search reports and opinions are also issued in Arabic and the responses has to also be submitted in Arabic. The ...

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Is there a regional patent office for the MENA region?

While there is not a regional patent office covering the whole region, there is a regional patent office which extends protection to the GCC member countries. The GCC Patent Office is located in Saudi Arabia, and operates independently from the Saudi Arabian Patent Office. The GCC Patent Office is not a signatory of the Paris ...

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