Saudi Arabia

Brand Protection Agency Saudi Arabia

Brand Protection Agency Saudi Arabia identifies counterfeit and infringing products on the market and takes action with local UAE Law Enforcement Agencies to have these products seized. It also carries out mystery shopping services, conducts business evaluations and performs social media monitoring.

Saudi Arabia’s design system is regulated under the Patent Law. Industrial designs eligible for protection include:

Trademark Registration

Trademark registration is a legal process through which trademark protection can be granted. There are several requirements that must be met in order to register a trademark, including proper use and evidence of ownership. The trademark must also be distinctive, meaning that it can distinguish the applicant’s goods and services from those of other competitors.

The trademark application must be filed with the Saudi Intellectual Property Office (SAIP), and must include a description of the mark, a list of goods or services for which it will be used, and a drawing or photograph of the mark. An opposition period of 60 days will then begin, during which time third parties can object to the trademark’s registration. The trademark will be registered if it meets all of the requirements and if no third party objects to it during the opposition period. Once registered, the trademark will be valid for ten lunar years and can be renewed for similar periods.

Patent Registration

Patent registration is governed by the Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties and Industrial Models Law (hereafter referred to as the Patent Law). Saudi Arabia has not acceded to the Paris Convention. The inventor(s) or their successors may apply.

In order to file a patent application, a completed and signed request form must be submitted, along with a drawing and a list of goods or services to be protected. The application must be filed in Arabic. If the mark contains words in one or more foreign languages, a certified translation into Arabic and phonetic transcription thereof must be included. The patent office examines the application to ensure that it satisfies the formal requirements. Once it does, the application is published for oppositions. Once registered, the patent is valid for 10 years from the date of filing. The patent right can be renewed for an additional five years. Infringement related disputes are handled by the Commercial Courts.

Copyright Registration

Unlike other markets, intellectual property rights in Saudi Arabia are not automatically enforceable. Companies must register and protect their IP in the country, utilizing local counsel or agents to ensure compliance with local laws and mitigating the risks of infringement. The GCC Trademark Law, a harmonized law that applies to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain, governs trademark protection. It defines a mark as any sign that distinguishes the goods or services of one person from those of another. It may include words, signatures, numerals, letters, colors, shapes, or sounds.

Like the UAE, Bahrain is a member of the Berne Convention and WIPO Copyright Treaty. Its copyrighted works are protected for the author’s lifetime plus 50 years after death. To secure copyright protection in the country, individuals must submit an application addressed to The National Library and bundled with a copy of their work. They must also pay a registration fee. Additionally, the government must certify that the work is original.

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Domain Name Registration

Protect your brand name in the country of Saudi Arabia and build a local audience of millions. This prosperous nation is one of the largest exporters of petroleum and is home to many young consumers eager to try new products and services. The Registrant shall comply with all terms and conditions of this Regulation and CITC policies and procures, including but not limited to: A Registrant shall be responsible for updating their registration information in accordance with the procedures established by SaudiNIC. A Registrant must provide a valid email address for contact purposes and keep it up to date.

It is the sole responsibility and obligation of a Registrant represented by its Administrative Contact to respond to requests from Saudi NIC for documentation related to a domain name registration or renewal. Failure to respond to a request may result in the suspension or cancellation of the domain name registration. Saudi NIC may also establish rules and procedures for establishing the authenticity of documents and information provided to it in relation to domain names registrations or renewals.

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