Trademarks: Qatar

General Information

Classification : Int’l Classification (Classes 1-45) – Single Class Filing

What is Registrable : Trademarks, service marks, collective marks and series marks.
What is Not Registrable : Products covered by class 33 and alcoholic drinks and 
beverages in class 32 are not registrable

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes
Examination : Yes - Marks are examined as to the form and substance.
Publication : Yes - After acceptance in the Qatari Official Trademark Gazette.

Opposition : Yes – within 4 months as of publication date (No extensions are permitted).

Time Frame for Registration : 24 months
Registration Term : 10 Years from filing date
Renewal Term : 10 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 months as of expiration date
Use Requirement for filing : None

Cancellation : Any interested party may request the court to order cancellation of a trademark registration if the owner fails to use such a trademark in the State of Qatar within five consecutive years from the date of registration. The cancellation action for non-use of a registered trademark cannot be accepted unless the owner of a trademark is given one-month notice that his trademark is subject to cancellation for non-use.

Marking Requirements : There are no provisions in the Qatari Trademark Law that organize trademark indications in our country. In general, the sign ® is used to indicate that the mark is a registered trademark, whereas the sign ™ is used to give an indication to a trademark.

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? No
Can pending applications be Assigned ? No

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? No
Can pending application be Licensed ? No

Note : On February 9, 2006, the Qatari Trademark Register decided that, in order to expedite the registration process for pending applications, all new applications MUST now be accompanied with the following documents at the time of filing:

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate.
  2. A simple copy of applicant's Certificate of Incorporation OR an Extract from the Commercial Register (NO legalization is required any longer).

 

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate. 
  2. Simple copy of the certificate of incorporation of the applicant company or an extract of the entry of the applicant in the commercial register.
  3. Five prints of the trademark. 
  4. The list of the goods to be covered by the application. The protection of the class 
    cannot include all goods and services; one item must always be excluded. 
  5. The name, address, nationality and legal status of the applicant and the nature of 
    its business. 
  6. A Certified copy of the priority document.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to Qatar Consulate. 
  2. The name, address and nationality of the applicant and the nature of its business. 
  3. The trademark number.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate.
  2. A deed of assignment signed by both parties, authenticated and legalized up to the Consulate of Qatar. 
  3. A simple copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract of the entry of the assignee company in the commercial register.

Registered User/License Recordal Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate.
  2. An authenticated license agreement in writing signed by the parties thereto and duly legalized up to the Qatari Consulate. 
  3. A simple copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract of the entry of the registered user company in the commercial register.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to Qatari Consulate.
  2. A certificate proving the change of name or address duly legalized up to the 
    Qatari Consulate.

 

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