Trademark registration Saudi-Arabia – In Saudi Arabia, the legal basis is the Trademark Act as per the latest amendment of 2002. The international classification of goods and services consisting of 45 classes has been adopted (exceptions: no trademark protection can be achieved for alcoholic beverages in Class 33, Christmas trees and related articles (class 28), pork meat (class 29), as well as retail services in class 35). Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Trademark registration: Requirements
- A legalized power of attorney
- Goods & classes covered (nr)
- Advice if the mark is used or will be used during the coming 5 years (non-use of the mark may be a cause for canceling by interested parties through court action) (nr)
- Legalized certificate Priority documents if claimed. (nr)
Trademark registration: Procedure
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness, and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 20-24 months from first filing to registration. After registration, the trademark is published in the Patent Office Gazette. The opposition period is 30 days from the publication date of the application.
(Trademark registration takes approximately 12-14 months from first filing to registration)
- Filing: the mark will be filed in the trademark office where a serial number and dated filing document would be given for the ordered mark.
- Formal Examination: an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks (Formal Examination could not be done without completing all required documents).
- Publication: the trademark will be registered and published in the “Um-Al Qura” (official gazette of the Government). The opposition period is 90 days from the publication date of the application.
Trademark registration: Duration
Trademark registration in Saudi-Arabia is valid for 10 years and starts with the Filing date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 5 years from the issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.