This article seeks to provide a summary of the progress of the implementation of the Trade Mark Law in the six countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (the “Gulf Cooperation Council” or “GCC”).
The GCC Trade Mark Law does not create a system for a trade mark registration effective in all GCC countries. It creates uniformity in the laws and implementing regulations in each country; except, perhaps, in official fees.
The primary legislation:
The GCC Trade Mark Law was first approved by resolution of the Supreme Council of the GCC during the 27th meeting held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 9th and 10th December 2006.
A revised version of the GCC Trade Mark law was approved by resolution of the Supreme Council of the GCC during the 33rd meeting held in Bahrain on 24th and 25th December 2012
The Trade/Commercial Cooperation Committee of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf approved the Implementing Regulations of the Trade Mark Law in its 51st meeting held in Doha, Qatar on 21 May 2015.
Law No. 6 of 2014 approving the Trade Mark Law of the GCC
Law No. 13 of 2015 approving the Trade Mark Law of the GCC
No legislation published in relation to either version of the GCC Trade Mark Law.
Law No. 7 of 2014
Council of Ministers Decision No 306 of 1435
The effect on fees in Bahrain and Kuwait following the local implementation of the GCC Trade Mark Law has been significant. A further article detailing the effect on the fees will follow shortly.
Please click here to read more on the effects of the official fees following the implementation of GCC Trade Mark Law.