The state of Qatar is one of the GCC members with the most notoriety and wealth, and it is regarded as an extremely wealthy economy by the World Bank. Trademark registration is mandatory to be granted rights over a trademark, as it is a "first to file" jurisdiction.
The process of trademark registration in Qatar is governed by the Law no. 9 of 2002 pertaining to Trademarks, Commercial Indications, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs and Models. The Law prescribes that the following may be registered as marks especially when having a distinctive form: names, signatures, words, letters, numbers, designs, pictures, symbols, stamps, seals, vignettes, three-dimensional figures and any other sign or combination of colours, a single non-functional colour, a sound, a smell or a combination of signs, if used or intended to be used to distinguish the products of enterprises in the fields of industry, handicraft, agriculture, forestry, mining, goods sold or services offered.
A single application for registration may be filed for a group of marks upon payment of the prescribed fee.
1. Trademark search
The businessmen avoid potential objections by conducting a thorough trademark search before formally seeking for trademark registration. The owners of the brands must keep in mind that their trademarks should not be in conflict with those that have already been registered or that have been submitted for registration by third parties.
For registering trademarks, Qatar uses the NICE International Classification of Products and Services. Yet, classes 1, 4 to 7, 10 to 14, 16 to 22, and 31 are not granted entirely under the trademarks law. Products covered by class 33, alcoholic drinks and beverages in class 32 and pork meat in class 29 are not registrable in Qatar.
In Qatar, trademark registration does not permit multi-class filing; therefore, separate filings must be made for each class. The following documents including the legalised Power of attorney, a certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract from the commercial register and a certified copy of the priority document, if claimed must be produced at the time of filing the application.
Following the filing of the trademark application, the Registrar examines the trademark. The possible trademark's form and content will be assessed. If the examination officer identifies an issue with the trademark, he may object to it. The applicant will have the chance to respond to the objection and establish the legitimacy of his trademark application. You have the option of sending the response online or another form. The trademark will be accepted if the examiner determines that the application is valid.
4. Publication and registration certificate
The Official Gazette of Trademarks will then publish the trademark. Within four months of the trademark's publication in the Gazette, any interested party may object to its registration.
Legacy Partners has a team of highly experienced trademark agents who are well-versed in Qatar Trademark Law. Legacy partners offer services including trademark search, trademark registration, trademark renewal etc.
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