A power of attorney signed and witnessed by a Notary Public or any authentication party, and legalized up to a Qatari consulate abroad. A general power may be used for subsequent filings.
A certified copy of the certificate of incorporation of the applicant company, or an extract of the entry of the applicant in the commercial register will be sufficient.
A certified copy of the priority document (in case priority is to be claimed).
Five prints of the mark for each application.
Documents 1 and 2 must be submitted at the time of filing. The original certified copy of the priority document should be submitted at the time of filing the application. Late filing of documents is not permitted under the practice of the Qatari Trademark Registrar unless priority will be claimed whereby a trademark application can be filed without the requisite documents 1 & 2 which can be submitted at a later stage without a time limit and at no additional cost.
Qatar follows the International Classification of Goods and Services (7th Edition); therefore a separate application should be filed for each class of goods or services. However, class 33, alcoholic goods in class 32, and pork meat in class 29 cannot be registered in Qatar.
Trademark registrations are valid for 10 years from filing date and are renewable for like periods and the time frame for completing the registration process is 12 to 15 months.
Time frame from filing a trademark application up to registration, on average, in the normal course of action; i.e. in case that no office action is raised by the trademark registrar or oppositions are lodged by third parties:
Filing up to Examination : 18-20 months
Examination up to Publication : 2-3 months
Opposition Period : 4 months from publication date
End of Opposition Period up to Issuance of Registration Certificate : 1-3 weeks
Total Estimated Time Frame : 24-27 months
Registered User/ License Agreement Requirements:
A power of attorney signed by the licensee, stamped with its official seal, and legalized up to a Qatari consulate or any Arab consulate.
An authenticated license agreement executed by the parties and duly legalized up to a Qatari consulate abroad.
A simple copy of the certificate of incorporation of the licensee.
In Qatar a license agreement has to be in writing. Licensing of unregistered marks is not permitted. Licenses can only be recorded for registered trademarks. A trademark may be licensed for some or all of the goods or services in respect of which the trademark is registered. The sale of a registered trademark does not automatically terminate the license, unless this is provided for as such in the sale agreement or in the license agreement originally executed by the parties. There are no statutory provisions prescribing the terms of a license agreement, but the terms and conditions agreed upon between the two parties constitute the license agreement. There are provisions in law for the recordal of a licensee. The recordal is not mandatory, but it will not have any effect against third parties unless recorded in the Trademarks Register and published in the Trademarks Gazette. There is no time frame for a recordal and there is no prescribed form or content for the validity of a license agreement.
Effectiveness of licenses:
The license agreement becomes effective and enforceable against third parties from the date of signature of the agreement, provided that it is recorded in the Trademarks Register and published in the Trademarks Gazette.
Assignment Recordal Requirements:
A power of attorney simply signed by the assignee company, sealed with its official stamp, and duly legalized up to a Qatari consulate or any other Arab consulate.
A deed of assignment executed by the two parties and duly legalized up to the Consulate of Qatar or any Arab consulate.
A simple copy of the certificate of incorporation of the assignee.
A power of attorney simply signed by the owner of the mark and stamped with its official seal, and duly legalized up to a Qatari consulate abroad.
Grace period of 6 months is given.
Time frame from filing a trademark renewal application up till issuance of the renewal certificate:
Change of Name and/or address:
A power of attorney in the new name and/or address simply signed and sealed with the official stamp of the registrant company duly legalized up to a Qatari consulate abroad.
A certified copy of the certificate of change of name and/or address.
Agency Agreement requirements:
A legalized power of attorney authorizing us to records the agency agreement.
A copy of the agency agreement executed by the principal and his agent legalized up to a Qatari consulate abroad.
Full particulars of the principal and his agent.
Statement of the goods or services nominated by the agency agreement.
Rights and liabilities of the agent and principal, and the principal’s responsibilities towards his agent’s obligations with clarifying the protection of profit or commission.
Every concerned party may submit, within four months of the publication date, a written opposition to the trademark registration. The Office shall provide the applicant with a copy of the opposition notice within two months of submission by a recommended letter. The registrant may submit, within two month of the notice, a caused written response to this opposition. If the registrant fails to submit the response within the specified period, he would be considered as relinquished his right to the application. The Office may provide a hearing for the parties or one of them or their attorneys to present their pleadings and statements before settling the objection. The decision of the Office regarding the opposition may be contested before the competent civil court within sixty days of notification to the concerned by a registered mail against a receipt. The trademark is registered and recorded in the register after a final decision or ruling is passed to accept the trademark. The registration shall be effective as from the date of filing the application. The registration of the trademark shall be published in the Journal.
There is no evidentiary presumption that use of a recorded licensee is permitted use. The licensee may join the trademark owner in infringement proceedings and may also call upon the owner to institute infringement proceedings, but he may not institute proceedings in his own name if the proprietor refuses or neglects to do so. The licensee can take action against infringements only if he is so authorized by the legitimate owner of the trademark, or if this is expressly provided for in the licence agreement.