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GCC Trademark Law Approved in Qatar and UAE
August 1, 2007
The governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates announced their approval of the unified GCC trademark law which was enacted on December 10, 2006 during the 27th summit of the GCC’s Supreme Council (Qatar: Decree no. 18/2007; UAE: Federal Decree no. 52/2007). The 50-article law outlines the general directives and rulings governing trademark registration, renewal, assignment, and cancellation procedures in the countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates).
The main purpose of the GCC trademark law is to replace the local trademark laws of each of the GCC member states thereby promulgating unified implementing regulations for trademark protection in all member states. However, the GCC trademark law does not offer a unified filing system as is the case with the GCC patent law. Trademark applications will continue to be filed separately in each of the GCC member states for protection. The GCC trademark law will only be effective once it is ratified by the individual member states and the relating implementing regulations are drafted and issued by the GCC Trade Cooperation Committee (made up of the Trade Ministers of the member states).
Main Features of the GCC Trademark Law
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