Law

New Trademarks Law issued by Royal Decree No. 38/2000 on May 21, 2000 and came into effect from June 3, 2000.

Classification

Oman follows International Classification of goods and services except class 33. A separate application has to be filed in each class.

Duration

Registration is for a period of 10 years renewable for similar periods. A grace period of six months is allowed for renewal.

Use

Use of trademarks is not compulsory in Oman for filing applications or for maintaining registrations in force. However, a trademark registration becomes vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party who can establish the fact that the trademark was not actually used for a period of 3 years in succession, unless the owner of the mark presents a reasonable excuse to justify his non-use of the mark. A trademark registration will be incontestable, if it gains uninterrupted use for 3 years as of the registration date without any successful legal action against it during that period.

Assignment

Assignment of a registration shall be together with the goodwill. The assignment of a trademark or service mark can be recorded once the mark is registered in the country. In fact, unless an assignment has been entered against a trademark or service mark in the register and published in the Official Gazette, it shall not be effective vis-à-vis third parties.

License

Recording of a license is compulsory.

Infringement

Infringement of a registered trademark is an offense and an actionable wrong.
Oman became a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property as of July 1, 1999.