Designs: Qatar

General Information

There are NO statutory design laws in Qatar, the only available means for protecting designs is by publishing Cautionary Notices in Arabic and English in local newspapers.

Cautionary notices define the owner's interest in the industrial property, and alert the public against any possible infringement. Such publication of notices could be of considerable assistance in case of litigation.

There is no standing regulation as to when a cautionary notice should be republished. A cautionary notice is not as effective as a registration and is not deposited with any government department.

Thus, re-publication of cautionary notices at reasonable intervals acts as a reminder to the general public and keeps infringers at bay.

The requirements for publishing Cautionary Notices are the following:

  1. The name, address, nationality, nature of business, etc., of the owner of the invention or industrial model or design.
  2. The title of the invention and particulars of the home registration or any other registration.
  3. A summary description of the invention in English if the owner desires to have it published.


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