JAH would like to advise its clients and associates that the Omani Trademarks Office has started to implement section 36 / article 09/3 of Omani Intellectual Property Law No.67/2008 which stipulates the following:
(9) The prior user of a mark which is not in the Register or which is not subject to a pending application under Subsection (2)(vi), may oppose an application for a registration by another person of a similar or identical mark for similar or identical goods, in accordance with this Section and the Regulations thereto, provided he:
(iii) he files an application for registration of his own mark prior to sending the Registrar the notice of opposition.
In the past, the Omani Trademarks Office was not taking into consideration this Article when examining Opposition cases, however, they have now started rejecting any opposition formally being not complied with the above Law. Therefore, we recommend our clients and associates to ensure filing an application for registration of his own mark prior to sending the Registrar the notice of opposition.
Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org