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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Jul 11, 2023 (Newsletter Issue 6/23)
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GCC TM Law in Force

Qatar has officially adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law which was published in the Official Gazette No. 09 dated 09 July 2023. It enters into force on August 10, 2023.

Key changes:

- A significant increase in the official fees, which will also be applied retroactively on pending Trademark cases that are currently maturing to registration.

- Sound marks and smell marks will be registrable.

- The publication period has changed from 4 Months to 60 days.

- The publication and registration fees are to be settled within 30 days from the date of receiving the respective notification of the trademarks office.

- multiclass trademark applications will be allowed based on the approval of the respective registry.

The GCC TM Law replaces the local trademark laws of the GCC member states and creates unified implementing regulations for trademark prosecution and enforcement in each of the GCC member states. However, it does not offer a unitary registration system. The Trademark Offices of each GCC country will remain as the receiving office and will register trademarks on a national basis. Registering a trademark across the six GCC countries will still require filing six separate national trademark applications.