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Qatar: Revision of Formalities
May 26, 2014
The Qatari Trademark Office has recently announced that it is now required to have the priority document legalized. This means that certified priority documents will no longer be admissible in support of trademark applications.
Therefore, the filing requirements for a new trademark application are as follows:
– A Power of attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate. A general power may be used for subsequent filings.
– A simple copy of the certificate of incorporation/extract from the commercial register/any document attesting to the legal entity, name and address of the applicant; no authentication is required. However, if the applicant is an individual, then a document evidencing that said person is practicing trade must be submitted alternatively.
– A copy of the priority document, if priority is claimed, certified by the issuing authority and legalized up to Qatari Consulate. This document can be submitted within 6 months from filing date.
– 5 prints of the mark for each application. Electronic prints are acceptable.
Documents 1 and 2 must be submitted at the time of filing; an exception to this rule is when a priority deadline is imminent; in this case, the application can be filed only few days before the deadline while the documents in 1, 2 and 3 can be filed within 6 months from the filing date in Qatar.
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