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Trademarks

General Information
  • Classification - 11th edition – single class application. Class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered
  • Search - Possible for word and device marks
  • Examination - On formal, absolute, and relative grounds
  • Opposition period - 4 months from publication date
  • Extension of time - Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions
  • Term of protection - 10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods
  • Use - Mark vulnerable to cancellation action by any interested parties if there is no effective use of the mark for a period of 5 consecutive years preceding the date of filing for cancellation

Filing Requirements
  • Power of Attorney duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate. Should be filed along with the application.
  • Copy of an Extract from the Commercial Register or Articles of Incorporation or any equivalent document. Should be filed along with the application.
  • In case of claiming priority, a certified copy of the corresponding home or foreign application of the trademark duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate

Renewal
  • Power of Attorney duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate.

Assignment
  • Power of Attorney, from the assignee, notarized and legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Deed of assignment, signed by the assignor and the assignee, notarized and legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Copy of an Extract from the Commercial Register or Certificate of Incorporation of the Assignee. The Arabic translation is required.

Merger
  • Power of Attorney from the entity surviving the merger duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate
  • Certificate of Merger duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Copy of an Extract from the Commercial Register or Certificate of Incorporation of the entity surviving the merger. The Arabic translation is required.

License
  • Power of Attorney from the licensee duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Copy of the License Agreement duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate. The Arabic Translation is required.
  • Photocopy of an Extract from the Commercial Register or Certificate of Incorporation of the Licensee.

Change of Name or Address
  • Power of Attorney reflecting the new name and/or address, duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate
  • Certificate of Change of Name and/or address, duly legalized by the Qatari Consulate. The Arabic translation is required.

Patents

General Information
  • Search - Not available at this time
  • Examination - Formality, novelty, inventiveness and industrial applicability
  • Publication - Applications will be published upon grant in the official gazette
  • Opposition period - 60 days from announcement
  • Annuities - Paid annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable before grant. A grace period of 6 months is allowed for late payment of annuities with an extra charge
  • Term of protection - 20 years from the international filing date

Filing Requirements
  • Power of Attorney, duly legalized by the Qatari Consul
  • Specification of the invention in English, together with Arabic translation.
  • Complete particulars of applicant(s), inventor (s) and priority information.
  • Submission of an undertaking from applicant to pay the prescribe fees at a later stage. .
  • Copies of all PCT documents.

Assignment
  • Power of attorney legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Deed of assignment legalized by the Qatari Consulate.

Merger
  • Power of attorney legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Merger agreement legalized by the Qatari Consulate.

License
  • Power of attorney legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • License agreement legalized by the Qatari Consulate.

Change of Name or Address
  • Power of attorney legalized by the Qatari Consulate.
  • Certificate of change legalized by the Qatari Consulate.

Industrial designs

General Information
  • The Trademarks, Commercial Indications, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs & Models Law no. 9 of 2002 came into effect in September 2002.
  • To date, no implementing regulations have been promulgated and the necessary office for receiving design applications is yet to be established.
  • Protection is available only by filing a cautionary notice in the local newspaper, a notice of which can be submitted to the court of law in the event of infringement.

Filing Requirements
  • Particulars of the owner such as name, address, nationality and nature of business.
  • The title and drawings of the design, supported by brief descriptions.
  • Particulars of corresponding foreign registration(s), if any.



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