In its ongoing efforts to advance the intellectual property protection scene in the country, Qatar issued Law no. 10 of 2020 on the Protection of Industrial Designs on April 19, 2020.
Prior to the issuance of the Law, 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.
It is worth noting that with Qatar’s ratification of the unified Gulf Cooperation Council Trademarks Law that only concerns trademarks and geographical indications, the new Law will offer a more comprehensive protection for designs once the Implementing Regulations are issued.
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