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Dez 17, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 18/13)
Saudi Arabia
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E-Filing Practice

The new Saudi electronic system adopts basically the Nice Classification of Goods and Services and accordingly the main items in the respective class heading should merely be included and not all the goods falling in the relevant list of goods of the Nice Classification or the goods or services requested by the applicant.

In this perspective it should be noted that Saudi Arabia does not adopt a subclass system which means that registration of a trademark in a certain class of goods or services provides a legal protection for any items in that class though it is not clearly indicated in same. Also, the Saudi Trademarks Registrar will not allow the registration of a similar or identical trademark for different goods or services in the same class.

According to a recent arrangement introduced by the Saudi Trademark Office, trademark applications will be accepted on formal grounds only if they comply with the above.

Given that trademark applications can only be submitted electronically, all applications with an item that is not in line with the above will not be properly docketed into the system, which will basically result in considerable delays.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar