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Trademark Registration in Saudi Arabia | CIG Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's economy is among the most robust in the globe. It has recently emerged as a preferred destination for investors from all over the globe. In addition to Saudi legislation, trademark registration and corporate rights protection are guaranteed by the government's backing and the Kingdom's commitment to fostering investment. It is a part of both the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. This makes it easier for businesses to start up in Saudi Arabia and pushes investors to register their brands.

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What is a Trademark?

A trademark is an original design that helps people tell the difference between a business's goods and services and those of other businesses. In addition, a trademark can be a name, word, light, shape, picture, or stamp. It can also be software, an app, a website, or a combination of all of these. The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) offers a range of services linked to trademarks, such as registration, renewal, modification, transfer of ownership, application for or cancellation of license, mortgage, and appeal.

Trademark Classification System in KSA

According to the International Classification of Goods and Services, trademarks in Saudi Arabia are put into 45 different groups. Each class has a list of goods and activities that fall under it. To protect the company's rights, it's important to pick the right title class for the brand. There are professionals at CIG Saudi Arabia who are ready to help you register your property in Saudi Arabia.

Requirements for Trademark Registration in Saudi Arabia

Along with the trademark application, you must include a power of attorney that has been signed and verified by a Saudi Arabian consulate. Saudi Arabia does not allow applications for more than one class. That means that each type of goods or services needs its own request. Arabic is the language that is used in all hearings before the Saudi Patent Office. 1. A full power of attorney in the applicant's name and address that has been properly notarized and made official up to the Saudi Consulate. 2. A copy of the applicant's passport. 3. A list of the goods and services that feature in the brand. 4. A copy of your business license. 5. An image of the brand that looks good in JEPG format. 6. Two copies of the Articles of Association that have been properly authorized and sent to the Saudi Consulate.

Trademark Application Process

  1. Trademark Search/Registration Order Form: The CIG Saudi Arabia consultant will verify the information regarding the goods and registration details, follow it up with preliminary advice, and classify the client's goods and services. The order form must be submitted through the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority's website.
  2. Fee payment: When the pre-filing search fees are paid, the CIG Saudi Arabia consultant will conduct the search and provide the client with a search report. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry's General Administration of Trademarks will conduct an examination of the trademark records to identify similar trademarks. Additionally, they will determine whether the trademark meets the registration requirements. The ministry will make a judgment from one of the following two options after conducting a thorough investigation:
  3. Acceptance or refusal: subject to the amendment condition (90-day waiver period in the event of acceptance, or 10-day waiver period in the event of refusal).Final refusal: If the requested adjustment is not made within the designated time frame (10 days),        Alternatively, if the modification fails to satisfy the necessary criteria:
  1. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry will disseminate the trademark registration approval on the official website upon its completion.
  2. If no objections are raised, the General Administration of Trademarks of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will issue the registration certificate. The certificate will be reviewed by a member of our team and subsequently transmitted to you.

Trademark Validity

Starting from the date of registration, trademark registration in Saudi Arabia is valid for a renewable period of 10 years (9 years and 8 months by the Gregorian calendar).

Trademark Cancellation

If the trademark is not used within five years of the registration certificate's issuance, it is subject to cancellation. Additionally, it is subject to cancellation if it remains unutilized for a continuous period of five years.

CIG Saudi Arabia Your Ultimate Investment Partner in Saudi Arabia 

In order to safeguard your brand and establish a prosperous business in the Kingdom, we are experts in offering professional, seamless registration services. We are committed to offering the necessary support, services, and expertise to ensure the successful establishment and growth of your business, whether you are a local entrepreneur seeking to expand your operations or an international business seeking to establish a significant presence in Saudi Arabia. Join forces with one of the most prominent consultancy firms in KSA to realize your business objectives and rely on our decade-long experience.