QATAR - The organizations associated with the country are - World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Conventions regulated for the country are - Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, Rome Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement.

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Organizations

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Conventions

Berne Convention, Brussels Convention, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, Rome Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Budapest Treaty, Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement

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Protection Term:

Trademark registrations are valid for 10 years from filing date and are renewable for like periods. There is a grace period of 6 months for late renewals with payment of a surcharge

Classification:

The International Classification of Goods and Services (7th Edition) is followed. However, class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered in Qatar. A separate application is required for each class.

Opposition:

Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published in the Official Gazette. Oppositions may be filed within 4 months from publication date.

Power of Attorney:

General Power of attorney is sufficient for continuous application.

Use Requirements:

Use of a trademark is not required for registration or renewal of a mark. However, a trademark is vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party if there has been no effective use of the mark for a period of 5 consecutive years preceding the date of filing for cancellation.

Assignment:

Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned and May be recorded for applications and registrations.

License:

License recordation is compulsory to be effective against third parties and May be recorded for registrations only.

Merger:

May be recorded for applications and registrations.

Change of Name/Address:

May be recorded for applications and registrations.

Time Frame:

Conducting search is between 5 to 7 working days, Registration/Renewal process is within 12 to 18 months and Recordation process within 08 to 12 months.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.
  • A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

Renewal:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to Qatar consulate (in case we are not the agents of record).

Assignment:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the assignee duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Deed of assignment signed by both parties duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

License:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the licensee duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • License agreement indicating the trademark registration number duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

Merger:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Certificate of merger duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

Change of Name/Address:

  • Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Certificate of change of name/address or extract from the commercial register duly legalized as above.

Protection Term:

The term of protection is 20 years from filing date.

Annuities:

Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable prior to grant. 6-month grace period for late payment will be subjected to a surcharge.

Search:

Patent applications and patents may be searched by title and patentee name (unofficial).

Examination:

As to form, novelty, inventiveness, industrial applicability, unity and compliance.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Deed of assignment duly legalized as above, if the applicant is not the inventor.
  • A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

Assignment:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the assignee duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Deed of assignment signed by both parties duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

License:

  • Power of Attorney signed by the licensee duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • License agreement indicating the trademark registration number duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

Merger:

  • Power of Attorney duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Certificate of merger duly legalized as above.
  • Simple copy of Certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial register.

Change of Name/Address:

  • Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to Qatar consulate.
  • Certificate of change of name/address or extract from the commercial register duly legalized as above.

General Information:

The Trademarks, commercial indication, Trade names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs & Models law No. 9 of 2002 came into force on September 2002. However, the authorities have not yet established the necessary office for receiving design application nor have the implementing regulations been drafted yet as there are no statutory design laws in force in Qatar, the only available means for protecting designs is publishing cautionary notices in Arabic and English in Local newspapers. Such notices could have legal value when submitted to the courts in the event of infringement, thereby claiming ownership of the design and warning third parties against infringement.

General Information:

  • The Trademarks, commercial indication, Trade names, Geographical Indications, and Industrial Designs & Models law No. 9 of 2002 came into force on September 2002. However, the authorities have not yet established the necessary office for receiving design application nor have the implementing regulations been drafted yet as there are no statutory design laws in force in Qatar, the only available means for protecting designs is publishing cautionary notices in Arabic and English in Local newspapers. Such notices could have legal value when submitted to the courts in the event of infringement, thereby claiming ownership of the design and warning third parties against infringement.