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02-01-2017 (Newsletter Issue 3/17)
Move from 7th to 10th Edition of Nice Classification
The Qatari Trademark Office informed that they will stop following the 7th international classification of goods and services in which services under classes 43, 44 & 45 were classified under class 42. Under this old practice applicants seeking registration for services under Classes 42, 43, 44 and 45 it was possible to file one trademark application under Class 42 and only incur the cost of one class.

The Office will start accepting trademark applications for services that fall under classes 43, 44 and 45 as of February 12, 2017. Existing registrations or application will not be effected.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar


06-25-2012 (Newsletter Issue 10/12)
IP Office Is Relocating
The Industrial Property Office in Qatar has moved to new premises as per the following address particulars:

The Industrial Property Office
Al Jeedah Building
First Floor
Khalifa Street
PO Box 1958
Doha, Qatar

Tel +974 4012 2222
Fax +974 4494 5000

Mail mbt@mbt.com.qa
www.mbt.gov.qa

The flow of work has not been ceased due to this relocation and they are normally functioning.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Doha, Qatar


02-07-2012 (Newsletter Issue 2/12)
Customs Recordal Soon Implemented
The provisions of Article 7 of the new Law on Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures (Law No. 17 of 2011) came into force in January 2011 and trademarks customs recordal will soon be implemented. Article 7 of the new Law stipulates the following:

Article (7): “The right holder may submit an application with the Department requesting registration of all data related to its rights, and its address in the State, in a registry specific for this purpose at the Department, and the Minister will issue a decision on the registration procedures and fees upon a proposal by the Director General of the Department”.

By way of elaboration on the above, the rights holders are now allowed to "record" all relevant information related to their marks. This will definitely mean that, with a recordation system in place, Customs will be allowed to adopt an ex-officio border system, whereby they can immediately target, intercept and confiscate shipments of infringing goods and thus avoiding the delays inherently involved in seeking judicial action. Therefore, products suspected of being counterfeit will be suspended and the rights owner as well as the importer will be immediately notified.

In this perspective it should be noted that the documents and other relevant requirements needed for the recordal and the recordal period have not been specified yet.

Please note that Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and the UAE (Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah) are offering customs recordal.

Source: JAH & Co. IP , Doha, Qatar



Legal basis is the Trademark Act No. (3) for the year 1978 which was put in force in January 25th, 1981. On June 15th, 2002, a new trademark Law No. (9) for the year 2002 on Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications and Industrial Models and Designs was passed.
However, the Implementing Regulations of the said law had not been issued until end of 2007, but the law as it concerns trademarks was put in force from the date of publication according to the Implementing Regulations of the old law no. 3 of 1978. Ministerial Decision number 47 of 2005 was issued on March 6th, 2005 raising the official fees dramatically. The said decision was put into effect on June 26th, 2005.
Qatar is a member of Paris Convention.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 10th edition
Exception: class 33 and beers in class 32 and pork meat in class 29.
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices and any combination of the mentioned signs.
Theoretically registrable are 3-D marks, colours and holograms as well.
Registrations in the name of individuals is strictly not allowed.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks and collective marks.
The application is filed at the Trademark Office.
A separate application has to be filed for each class.
Only tradesmen can apply for trademarks.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney legalised by a Qatari consulate abroad is necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
A simple copy of the extract from the commercial register or incorporation certificate of the applicant should be submitted.
Both documents power of attorney and the simple copy of the extract from the commercial register or incorporation certificate of the applicant should be submitted at the time of filing.
The original certified copy of the priority document should be submitted at the time of filing the application. Late filing of documents is not permitted under the practice of the Qatari Trademark Registrar unless priority will be claimed whereby a trademark application can be filed without the requisite documents 1 and 2 which can be submitted at a later stage without a time limit and at no additional cost.
The application process includes a formal and substantive examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks.
Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use or if there is a registration in a foreign country following a substantial examination system.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 8 to 12 months.
Before registration, the trademark application is published in the Trademark Journal.
National:
The opposition period is 4 months from date of the publication. Opposition cases should be settled by the Trademarks Registrar which can be appealed before the civil court by any party within sixty days of notification to the concerned by a registered mail against a receipt.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application.
The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from the registration, it may be subject to cancellation.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is QAR 1,000 in one class and QAR 1,000 for each additional class. The official fee for registration is QAR 2,025 and publication is QAR 325.

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JAH & CO. IP



Jehad Al Hassan

Jehad Al Hassan
Pearl Tower, Umm Ghwilina, Airport Road, 6th Floor, Office No. 6
P. O. Box 24955 Doha
Qatar (QA)
Tel + 974 558 42 654/+ 974 446 21 385
Fax + 974 446 26 753
info@jahcoip.com
www.jahcoip.com

Since 1985, JAH & CO. IP has stablished an extensive list of clients ranging from individuals and small businesses, to large multinational companies and organizations.

The Intellectual Property practice at JAH & CO. IP has been developed over the years to be able to offer clients the highest level of expertise in dealing with issues confronting clients, as changes in technology takes their toll in our ever-changing environment.

JAH & CO. IP based in Doha, Qatar, the crossroads of the Middle East and one of the busiest hubs, with partners, associates and agents in about 70 countries worldwide, JAH & CO. IP regards the client’s goal, the competitive climate, and the application of legal principles as top priority.

JAH & CO. IP offers a wide-range of innovative services through its own operating offices which includes among others:

- Registration of trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights.
- Providing legal advice and counsel on assignments and licensing and other intellectual property protection related matters.
- Conducting full availability searches and providing a legal opinion on the registrability of trademarks.
- Lodging oppositions and appeals and relative proceedings.
- Maintenance of intellectual property titles by effecting renewals and annuities.
- Conducting watch services for published trademarks and patents.
- Undertaking infringements actions and relative proceedings.
- Registration and maintenance of domain names.

To further help protect the clients’ trademark, JAH & CO. IP offers a “Trademark Watch Services” The Trademark Watch Service Comprises a thorough screening of the Official Gazettes Throughout the Arab World to find trademarks similar or identical to those of the client, after which a full report is provided in sufficient time for an opposition to be lodged. JAH & CO. IP has also introduced the “Trademark infringement Services” whereby local markets are intensively surveyed for registered and unregistered labels imitating those of the owner. If the comprehensive searches lead to any such offending marks, a detailed report including JAH & CO. IP suggestion is provided.
In additions to supervising and coordinating the performances of our own offices, our Head Office in Qatar undertakes the registration of trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights and providing other intellectual property related services all over the Arab World through our associates.

The Industrial Property Office
Al Jeedah Building
First Floor
Khalifa Street
PO Box 1958
Doha
Qatar
Tel +974 4012 2222
Fax +974 4494 5000
Mail mbt@mbt.com.qa
www.mbt.gov.qa
Mobile: + 974 5581 5338