Trademark Registration in the Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is located at the crossroads of Africa, Europe and Asia. This country is a promising business location for many international brand owners due to its location.
It is important to note that Saudi Arabia is not a member of Madrid System International Trademark Registration, so trademark registration there is available only through the national procedure.
In this connection, the trademark registration procedure in this country has certain features.
Kindly note that multiple class application is not applicable in the Saudi Arabia, therefore search should be conducted for each class of goods/services and a separate application must be filed for each class of goods/services.
The entire registration process approximately takes 8-10 months (if there are no requests/notifications from the Office).
Before applying for TM registration in the Saudi Arabia and in order to assess the chances for successful registration (reveal the possible risks), we always recommend conducting a search by earlier filed applications and already registered marks. The search conducting usually takes 8-10 business days.
The trademark registration is valid for ten years from the filing date and can be renewed for successive periods of ten years by submitting a request within the last year of the validity term or within a grace period of three months from the registration expiry date.
For trademark registration in the Saudi Arabia, it is necessary submit the following documents/information:
- document confirming the name, address and nationality of the applicant\ company documents*;
- Image and / or verbal designation of the trademark with the translation of the words used;
- Description of goods or services provided (classes of International Classification of Goods and Services);
- Power of Attorney**.
*Please note that all documents have to be provided with their translation into English and Arabic, the translation fees are calculated additionally depending on the number of pages.
**If the applicant is a Saudi based company and the Power of Attorney is issued locally in Saudi Arabia, the Power of Attorney only has to be attested by the Saudi Chamber of Commerce.
Otherwise, if the applicant is an overseas company, the POA must be legalized up to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in the applicant country as required.
Please note that, based on Islamic traditions, it is forbidden to register trademarks that are associated with alcoholic beverages, pork, as well as the services of nightclubs, pubs and weapons.