Kuwait

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

10th edition – single class application. Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered

SEARCH

Possible for word and device marks

EXAMINATION

On formal, absolute, and relative grounds

OPPOSITION

60 days from publication date

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods

USE

Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

EXTENSION OF TIME

Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), GCC Patent Law, Berne Convention, and Paris Convention


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority is claimed

What you need to know

  • POA must be submitted at the time of filing
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of certificate of registration showing the validity and last owner particulars of the trademark

What you need to know

  • Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of change of name/address, legalized
  • Copy of certificate of registration showing the validity and last owner particulars of the trademark

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

What you need to know

  • Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
  • May be recorded for registrations only

Merger

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized
  • Copy of certificate of registration showing the validity and last owner particulars of the trademark

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • Certified copy of the license agreement, legalized
  • Copy of the signature certificate of the licensee
  • Copy of the certificate of incorporation of the licensee
  • Copy of certificate of registration showing the validity and last owner particulars of the trademark

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for registrations only
  • Separate POAs are required from licensee and licensor

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Not available at this time

EXAMINATION

No provisions

PUBLICATION

No provisions

OPPOSITION

No provisions

ANNUITIES

A maintenance fee is due annually and is payable the first 3 months of each calendar year following the year the patent application was filed. There is a 3-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  •  Certificate of incorporation, legalized
  • Specifications in English and Arabic
  • Drawings in English and Arabic
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority is claimed
  • Deed of assignment, legalized

What you need to know

  • All documents may be submitted within 3 months from the filing date

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register, showing old and new names/addresses, legalized

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

PROTECTION TERM

10 years from filing date

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty, and industrial applicability

APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE FIGURES

Admissible for up to 50 figures

RENEWAL

Allowed for one term of 5 years

LOCARNO CLASSIFICATION

No

OPPOSITION

No provisions

REQUIREMENTS

Filing Requirements


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • POA, legalized 
  • 2 representations of the design
  • Description of the design
  • Certificate of incorporation, legalized
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, legalized

What you need to know

  • All documents may be submitted within 3 months from the filing date

Jasem Ahmed Alfahed Establishment (In cooperation with Saba & Co. IP)

Al Hajri Building, Al-Shuhadaa Street Kuwait, Kuwait

P.O. Box 1245, 13013 Safat

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+965 2 242 3428
+965 2 240 2243
kuwait@sabaip.com

Office Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.