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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Qatar?
The costs of trademark registration in Qatar depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.
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How do you get a trademark registration in Qatar?
Registering a trademark in Qatar is a requirement for obtaining the exclusive rights to it. The country operates on the basis of a first-to-file jurisdiction. Only in exceptional cases can protection be given to an unprotected trademark. Applications must be submitted to the MEC, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. It is not mandatory to have the trademark already in use before applying for trademark protection. Under the Paris Convention, to which Qatar is a signatory, it is possible to claim priority treatment.
What are the restrictions on the registrable goods and services in Qatar?
Qatar uses the international Nice Classification for goods and services for the purpose of registering goods and services under the Nice Agreement. Products that fall under class 33 and alcoholic beverages under class 32 cannot be registered. Also, classes 1, 4 to 7, 10 to 14, 16 to 22 and 31 cannot be assigned in full under Qatari trademark law. Applications to register a trademark in Qatar under multiple classes are not allowed. Each class of goods or services is treated as a separate application.
What is the procedure to follow to register a trademark in Qatar?
Once trademark protection has been applied for, the trademark is assessed against the formal requirements. If the MEC decides to accept your trademark, it will be published in the official trademark bulletin. From that moment on, any interested party has four months to object to the registration of your trademark. Opposition cases are not handled by the ministry itself, but by the civil court. If there is no objection to registration of your trademark, it will be republished, this time with the announcement that the registration is final. You will also receive a certificate.
How can you apply for combined trademark protection in Qatar?
There are many options when it comes to developing your trademark. For example, it can ultimately consist of only word elements, figurative elements or a combination thereof. Are you an entrepreneur who wants to apply for a combined trademark in Qatar? Please be aware that the resulting protection only applies to this specific combination. The individual elements are not protected if you use them separately for commercial purposes. This means that third parties can also use them.
To prevent this, you must submit a separate request for the elements that you also want to be able to use separately. In this way you can also take action against parties that infringe this single element. If you fail to do this and a third party uses your word element or logo, you usually cannot take action against this. There is one exception to this rule: if someone offers the same or very similar products or services, you object on the grounds of confusing similarity. The success of such an objection varies and is highly dependent on the circumstances.
The Validity of Trademark Protection in Qatar and Renewal Options
Are you successful in registering your brand name in Qatar? This is then valid for ten years. This period starts with retroactive effect from the date of application and can be extended indefinitely for periods of ten years. You must submit an application for renewal from twelve months before the end date of the current term, until the last day of the month in which the trademark registration expires.
After that, a grace period of six months starts. The trademark registration can then still be extended against payment of additional costs. If your goods or services were placed in several classes during the initial application, you also apply for separate extensions for all these classes.
Using your trademark after registration
If you are going to register a brand name in Qatar, you do not need to have it actively in use at the time of the application. If you still leave the trademark unused for a period of five years after registration, it runs the risk of cancellation on the basis of non-use. To avoid this, the use of your brand should be on a commercial scale in the country. Cancellation of a trademark does not take place unannounced; as the owner of a trademark, you will receive a notification of this one month in advance. Any interested party can go to court to cancel your trademark.
Is registration only possible at a national level?
While it looks very likely that this will change in the not-too-distant future, Qatar is not a member of the Madrid Protocol. This means that registering a trademark in Qatar via the Madrid System for international registration is not an option. In other words: you can only obtain trademark protection in this country through the procedure at the local (national) level. If developments in this regard occur, they will take place before 2030. The ministry has formulated clear objectives for that year in the field of international trade.