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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Feb 02, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 2/16)
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Amendments to Refusal and Opposition

A detailed update on the adoption of the new provisions regarding the Ministerial Decree No. 500 on the Implementing Regulations of Law No. 13 of the year 2015 (GCC LAW) is now available.

Kindly note the following amendments:
- Replies to office actions must be filed within 60 days from the date of issue of the refusal;
- Final refusals by the Registrar can be appealed through Appellant Committee within 60 days of notification. Said decision is subject for appeal before the Court within 60 days from issuance;
- The opposition period is now 60 days from the publication date. Previously, while accepted trademarks were published in 3 Gazettes with a 7 day period between each publication, the opposition period was 30 days from the date of the last publication;
- Replying to oppositions must be made within 60 days from the date of notifying the applicant about the opposition.

The decision has become effective from December 28, 2015.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar