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04-11-2018 (Newsletter Issue 7/18)
Kuwait
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Documentation Requirements for E-Filing System


As of April 1, 2018, the Kuwait Trademark Office has upgraded its system and undertaken the necessary procedures towards switching filing trademarks to a completely online system.

The documentary requirements will now be fulfilled online by uploading the same and originals of which should be submitted for verification within three months though the Kuwaiti Trademark Registrar is not strict in applying this deadline.

Under this new system, the goods/services should be selected from the Nice Classification (11th edition), noting that there are no additional costs for the selection of a large number of goods or services to be included in the trademark application. Class headings are no longer applicable.

The following copies of the application document should be available at the time of filing:
- A PDF copy of power of attorney legalised up to a Kuwaiti Consulate abroad or in its absence any Arab consulate available in home country of applicant company; the original of which should be submitted within three months.
- A simple PDF copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract of the applicant entry in the commercial register or any equivalent document attesting to the legal existence of the applicant company (neither legalisation nor original is required).
- A certified copy of the corresponding home or foreign registration/application (priority document) legalised up to a Kuwaiti Consulate abroad or in its absence any Arab consulate available in home country of applicant company in case of claiming priority; the original of which should be submitted within three months.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar