Tuesday, July 25 2023   \  Published by Rouse.

Fifth Gulf Cooperation Council to implement the GCC Trade Marks Law

Fifth Gulf Cooperation Council to implement the GCC Trade Marks Law

A further significant development for trade mark practice and cooperation in the region

Qatar has become the fifth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to implement the GCC Trade Marks Law (the TM law) marking a further significant development for trade mark practice and cooperation in the region. The provisions of Ministerial Decree No 56 of 2023 were published in the Qatar Official Gazette dated 9 July 2023 (along with the implementing regulations) and are aimed at streamlining the processes for protecting and maintain trade mark registrations in Qatar. The regulation comes into effect on 10 August 2023, so it is advisable to pay any outstanding official fees where possible now as there are some significant increases.

The TM law was negotiated by all six GCC member states (Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE) over many years and then finally published in 2013. However, it can only come into force in the countries which have announced and published it on a national level (along with national implementing regulations). The UAE is now the only GCC country not to adopt it and is unlikely to do so in its current form given that a new Federal UAE TM Law was introduced and came into effect in January 2022. While it adopts many of the provisions of the GCC TM Law it does have some differences and expansions, please see here. Read more

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