Effective August 10, 2023, and based on Ministerial Decree No. 56 of 2023, Qatar is adopting the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) Trademark Law and its Implementing Regulations, replacing its current Trademark Law (Law No. 9 of 2002 with respect to Trademarks, Trade Indications, Trade names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs).
This makes Qatar the fifth GCC state after Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia to implement the Law, leaving the UAE as the only country that has not done so.
It is important to highlight that the GCC Trademark Law does not establish a central GCC Trademark Office or a unified trademark registration covering all member states, unlike e.g., in the European Union, but rather serves the purpose of aligning trademark regulations and procedures.
The most significant differences brought about by the adoption of the GCC Trademark Law are highlighted in this article.
Providing more clarity on what constitutes a well-known trademark
In line with international standards, Article 4 of the GCC Trademark Law provides clearer criteria for what constitutes a well-known trademark which should serve as a guideline for the authorities and brand owners and make decisions more predictable. Read more