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Jordan (JO)

Jul 11, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 9/19)
Practice Paper on Examination of Figurative Trademarks Published
The Jordanian Industrial Property Protection Directorate under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply (IPPD) has published a practice paper concerning the examination of absolute grounds for refusal as regards figurative trademarks with purely descriptive words/expressions.

The Practice Paper provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the principles on which the practice is based, principles that will be generally applied by the IPPD and the IP offices who form part of the European Union Intellectual Property Network (EUIPN). It also aims to cover a majority of the cases.

The Paper is available in Arabic and English. It is divided into two parts; the first part summarises the criteria, while the second part provides a complete explanation of the different criteria applicable in each case.

The publication of the Paper has been a result of the joint efforts of the IPPD and EUIPO.


May 31, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 10/17)
Arabic Language on Signboards Required
The provisions of Article 5 of Law no. 35 of 2015 for the protection of the Arabic language introduced in Jordan became enforceable as of September 1, 2016.

The Article allows for the use of a language on the signboards other than Arabic as long as the Arabic part appears in a much bigger font. The scales are not explicitly identified in the Law. Violations will be subject to fines ranging between USD 1,400 and USD 4,200.

Since use of a mark in Arabic will no longer be a matter of choice but a statutory requirement governed by local regulations, it is advisable to register the transliteration in the local script in addition to the registration in the Latin version.

Several commercial establishments have now received a warning for not including the Arabic rendition of their marks on the signboards.


Apr 16, 2014 (Newsletter Issue 7/14)
New Regulations to Trademark Assignment
The Jordanian Ministry of Industry and Trade issued the new regulations related to trademark assignment No. 55 of 2014.

The new regulations which contain a list of articles concerning the trademark assignment, license and pledge entered into force after its official publication in the official gazette on April 1, 2014.

According to the new regulations, the Power of Attorney to be submitted for the assignment, license or pledge of trademark should be newly drafted (no more than one year old); unless the assignor and assignee agree on a shorter period.

The regulations stipulate that the deed of assignment should be submitted along with the last updated certificate of registration, and the Arabic translation of all non-Arabic documents certified by the notary public.


May 02, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 6/13)
Renewals Back to Normal
Renewal applications are no longer placed on hold at the Jordanian Trademark Office. All renewal requests for the month of February and March were kept on file in an attempt to clear the huge backlog of work at the Trademark Office. Now that operations are back to normal, applications for marks that fall due for renewal during the next two months will be renewed without any delay.

Source: Saba & Co. IP – Head Office, Lebanon

Mar 12, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 3/13)
Renewal Stopped for a Month
Effective February 20, 2013, renewal of trademarks is stopped for one month, according to a new regulation drafted by the Intellectual Property Follow-up Department part of the Jordanian Trademark Office.

This new regulation was implemented in order for related parties to work on accumulated applications. This temporary process applies only to new applications. Applications due for renewal within the month will be renewed on their due date.


May 02, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 7/12)
Class Headings No Longer Acceptable
The Trademark Office issued an official notification on April 11, 2012 that claiming class headings are no longer acceptable. Applicants will no longer be able to file an application claiming the whole class without specifying the particular goods / services. The actual language of the goods or services specified in the registration will define the parameters of the scope of protection of a registration. This new decision applies to all new applications. As for pending applications, an office action is expected to be issued at the time of examination in case the list of goods/services claimed requires modification. Applicants will be informed accordingly.


May 16, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 10/10)
Official Trademark Fees Reduced
The Jordanian Trademark Office announced the reduction of the official fees for all the IP transactions. This decision has been announced after the substantial and sudden increase on the official fees for trademark transactions in Jordan as of December 1, 2009, and due to the drop in number of trademark filings and reactions from IP owners and agents.

The total charges for filing, publication and registration of IP transactions have been reduced by 30%. However, the official fees for the final stage of registration were increased from JD100 to JD300.

The new decision wont affect pending trademark applications filed between December 1, 2009 and May 15, 2010, as all registration fees will remain the same as of the date of filing these applications.

and JAH & Co. IP, Qatar

Dec 07, 2009 (Newsletter Issue 5/09)
Substantial Increase in Official Fees
The official fees for transactions pertaining to trademarks, including filing, registration, opposition, and all legal procedures, were increased in Jordan effective December 1st 2009. The increases range from 100% to 2,500% from their previous figures.

Filing is now JD 500.00 (approx. EUR 474.00 or USD 704.00) for one class, publication fee is JD 50.00 (approx. EUR 47.00 or USD 70.00) and registration fee is JD 100.00 (approx. EUR 95.00 or USD 141.00).

Multi-class application is still not implemented.

Legal basis is the amended Trademarks Law of 1999 that shall be read in conjunction with the original Law No. 33 of 1952, as one law. The latest amendment of the Jordanian Trademark's Law dates 2008.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration. In cases of dispute, the right applies to the first use and not to the first Registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, emblems, combinations or shades of colours and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trademarks, service marks, collective marks, certification marks, trade names and titles of establishment.
The application is filed at the Trademark Office.
According to Jordan Trademarks regulations, a separate application should be filed with respect to each class of goods.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney authenticated by a Jordanian consulate is necessary.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal and substantial examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks and trade names. In fact, they also search for domain names, well-known marks and whether the trademark complies with the trademark law. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by long-term use, or if there is a foreign registration obtained in a country following a substantial examination system.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 8-10 months or first office action is approx. after 7-8 months.
Following the successful examination, the trademark application is accepted, then published in the Official Gazette.
The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the trademark application. Foreign opposing parties need a local agent. An opposition against the registration of a trademark should be prosecuted before the Registrar by a lawyer within 3 months as of the date of publication.
The opposition case is referred to the Administrative Court and the High Administrative Court, if not settled before the Registrar, or if either party appeals the Registrar's decision. In the absence of an opposition, the relevant certificate of registration is issued.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application or from the priority date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years each.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
Practical details on trademark use requirements are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is JOD 100 for one class and JOD 100 for each additional class. The publication fee is JOD 50 and the official registration fee is JOD 300.

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     General Trademark Regulations
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May 28, 2024
JAH Intellectual Property, Doha, Qatar  

Industrial Property Protection Directorate, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply
P.O. Box 2019
11181 Amman
Tel +962 65 62 90 30/ +962 65 62 90 60
Fax +962 65 68 46 92 / +962 65 60 21 35