Trademark Overview


Most countries over the world are first to file system which means that ownership of a trademark is given to the applicant who registers losing ownership of your trademark if it was registered by someone else prior to you. Obtaining the trademark registration certificate in a particular country means that you are the only one who can use this trademark to identify and distinguish your goods or services and gives you also the right to prevent others from using identical or similar trademarks in a country of registration.


Usually, enterprises are willing to choose trademarks that reflect the nature of their goods or services. Although this is a valid target, direct description of products or services lowers the strength and exclusivity of trademark. Our advice on trademark selection will enable you to choose a strong and exclusive trademark that provides the same desired identification to your goods and services. We also examine the validity of the trademark according to the official language of the country in question.


Madrid Protocol : provides for filing a single international trademark application before any of the member states and provides protection of the mark to all signatory of the Madrid Protocol. There are presently 91 contracting states to the Madrid Protocol.


Madrid Agreement : provides for filing a single international Trademark application before any of the member states and provides protection of the mark to all signatory of the Madrid Agreement. There are presently 56 contracting states to the Madrid Agreement.


Paris Convention : filing trademark in member countries provide the applicant the right of 6 months period to claim priority from the original trademark application. There are presently 173 contracting states of Paris Convention.


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Bahrain: Electronic Activation of Charges of Industrial Applications Submission through Electronic Industrial Properties Services on Internet. Dear sirs/ Agents of Industrial Properties Registration and Their Position Status, After Greetings,,, We would like to attention you that starting from 5 April 2020 the electronic service related to the industrial designs applications will be activated. Note: 1- Receipt of any charges and industrial designs applications will be stopped by hand or through email starting from 5 April 2020. 2- All notices related to charges and industrial designs applications will be sent by email, so kindly attention till you don't miss the legal periods. Hope all success for all Patent Office Foreign Commerce Relations Department.

March 31, 2020


Saudi Arabia: Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom and the People's Republic of China.. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has issued a Royal Decree No. M / 54 regarding the approval of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom and China in the field of intellectual property. The regulations and systems of the Memorandum of Agreement for cooperation in the field of intellectual property between the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property in the Kingdom and the National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China included 9 articles to enhance cooperation between the two countries in this field.

January 29, 2020

UAE:In the 7th of July 2019, the Official Fees for Trademarks Registration and Renewal decreased in UAE by AED 3,300 for each procedure.

July 10, 2019


Egypt: In the 4th of July 2019, the Official Fees for Trademarks and Industrial Designs increased in Egypt by 14% of the basic fees.

July 10, 2019


AIP&T: Atty. Mohammad Al-otaishan LLM, managing partner of AIP&T was rated as No. 1 Individual IP Lawyer in Saudi Arabia as per statistic made by WTR 2019 (http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com). The statistic is based on market feedback.

July 10, 2019


AIP&T: Atty. Mohammad Al-otaishan LLM, managing partner of AIP&T was rated as No. 1 Individual IP Lawyer in Saudi Arabia as per statistic made by WTR 2018 (http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com). The statistic is based on market feedback.

June 6, 2018


Saudi Arabia: Subject to presenting a valid excuse, the Saudi patent office (SPO) has approved an extension of time for claiming priority in entering the national phase for the PCT applications. The Applications will be afforded the opportunity to file their late applications claiming their earliest priority. It's worth mentioning that the applicant must mention the reasons that made him unable to file his application within the thirty (30) month deadline.

June 12, 2018


Kuwait: As of 27th of February 2018, the Kuwaiti patent office has started accepting PCT examination.

February 27, 2018

Kuwait: In the July 2019, the Official Fees for patent decrease in Kuwait.

October 17, 2019