Qatar

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

CLASSIFICATION

11th 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

4 months 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), Berne Convention, Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, GCC Patent Law, Patent Cooperation Treaty


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of the certificate of incorporation
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • POA and certificate of incorporation may be submitted within two months from filing date
  • Priority document may be submitted within 6 months from filing date

RENEWAL

Filing Requirements

No additional documents are required

What you need to know

Grace period of 6 months

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register or any other document evidencing this change, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

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 applications and registrations

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • Certificate of merger, legalized

What you need to know

  • May be recorded for applications and registrations

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • License agreement, legalized
  • Copy of certificate of incorporation of licensee

What you need to know

  • License recordal is compulsory in order to be effective against third parties
  • May be recorded for registrations only

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

EQUIVALENT SEARCH

Not available at this time

EXAMINATION

As to form, novelty, inventiveness, and industrial applicability

PUBLICATION

Applications will be published upon grant in the official gazette

OPPOSITION

60 days from announcement

ANNUITIES

Although the Law provides for payment with a surcharge, there is no statutory grace period deadline for payment of the annuities. Accordingly, the IP Office accepts payment of annuities any time before or after the due date without the 10% surcharge

PROTECTION TERM

20 years from the international filing date


REGISTRATION

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of International Publication (with ISR if published)

CHANGE OF NAME OR ADDRESS

Filing Requirements

  • Extract from the commercial register or any other document evidencing this change, legalized

ASSIGNMENT

Filing Requirements

  • Deed of assignment, legalized

What you need to know

  • It is not possible for the time being. We can only submit a letter stating that the subject application has been assigned from the assignor to the assignee

MERGER

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

What you need to know

  • It is not possible for the time being. We can only submit a letter stating that the owner of the application has merged to form a new entity

LICENSE

Filing Requirements

  • No additional documents are required

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Qatar issued Law no. 10 of 2020 on the Protection of Industrial Designs on April 19, 2020, and the implementing regulations are expected to be issued in the near future. Until then, protection could be sought out by publishing cautionary notices at regular intervals in local Qatari newspapers. Such notices could have legal value when submitted in court, in the event of infringement, thereby claiming ownership of the design and alerting third parties against further infringement.



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