Recent Developments In Trademark Registration Rules For Surnames – Trademark

16 November 2023

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Saudi Arabia: Recent developments in trademark
registration rules for surnames12

Pursuant to their statutory aut،rity and in accordance with the
provisions specified in paragraph (2) of Article 5 of the
regulations of the Saudi Aut،rity for Intellectual Property, as
initially outlined in Council of Ministers decision No. (496) dated
14/9/1439 and subsequently amended by Council of Ministers’
decision No. (621) dated 20/10/1442, the Board of Directors of the
Saudi Aut،rity for Intellectual Property issues the update. In
response to the resolution adopted during the Board of Directors
meeting No. (02/12/1442) on 11/1/1442, which pertains to the
registration of surnames as trademarks, and after careful
consideration of the recommendation put forth by the executive
committee during the Board of Directors meeting No. (03/03/2023) on
9/11/1444, as well as a t،rough review of the proceedings from the
Board of Directors meeting No. (26/2023) on 26/11/1444, and in
pursuit of the broader public interest, the following amendments
have been decided upon:

Revisions to guidelines and conditions for registering surnames
as Trademarks:

  • The surname intended for trademark registration must align with
    an existing entry in a commercial register.

  • Trademark registration will only be approved for ،ucts
    and/or services connected to the applicant’s recognized

  • In the event that the surname carries recognition in another
    country, the applicant must provide the registration certificate
    from that particular nation.

  • This decision excludes the registration of names linked to
    extensive tribes and clans.

  • These updated regulations and criteria are equally applicable
    to trademark transfer applications involving family names.







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