Law

Law No.3/1978 of April 18, 1978 on Trademarks and Commercial Data
*Trademark Law No. 9 of 2002 was issued on June 8, 2002 and published in the Official Gazette. However, the Implementing Regulations have not been issued.

Classification

Qatar follows the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement, yet classes 1, 4 to 7, 10 to 14, 16 to 22, 29 and 31 are not granted entirely under the trademark law. Products covered by class 33 and alcoholic drinks and beverages in class 32 are not registerable.

Examination

The applications are examined in form and substance. Arabic transliteration of a foreign language mark has to be filed with the application.

Duration

A registration is valid for 10 years and renewable for similar periods. A six months grace period is allowed for renewal.

Use

Use is not compulsory for filing the application or for maintaining the registration. However, a registration is vulnerable to cancellation on the request of an interested party if the owner fails to use the trademark within five consecutive years from the date of registration.

Assignment

Assignment of a registered trademark shall be with the goodwill of the business.

Infringement

Unauthorized use of a trademark registered under the law, an imitation of such a trademark applied on goods and/or used in respect of services of the same class, sale, storing for the purpose of sale, exhibiting for sale of goods bearing a counterfeit mark, or using a mark duly registered under the law by another person to serve the purpose of unauthorized promotion of goods and/or services of the same class are offenses punishable under the law in Qatar.