A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.
A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and
distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to
both trademarks and service marks.
A patent is an property right relating to an invention,
A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been
Kuwait become a member of Paris Convention and can claim priority based on original filing
a. Gulf cooperation council (G.C.C)
d. GCC Patent Law treaties
There is provision for trademark licenses (or registered users)
Registering trademark provides several advantages, including:
a. Registering a trademark protects a company’s name or logo, which is often a company’s most
b. Registering a trademark grants the trademark owner receives exclusive nationwide ownership of
c. Registering a trademark decreases the likelihood of another party claiming that your trademark
infringes upon their trademark;
d. Registering a trademark the trademark owner obtains the future right to make the mark which provides
conclusive evidence regarding the validity of the mark and of the registrant’s exclusive right to use the
Tenth edition of the Nice Classification to enter into force on January 1, 2017
A trademark is any symbol used to distinguish a product or service of a company. So, a smell or a
sound, which fits this definition, may be a trademark. However, you should bear in mind that the
trademark must be capable of graphic representation, so the smell or sound will have to be able to be
registered as “the smell of …” or “the sound of …”.
No, a trademark is any symbol used to distinguish a product or service of a company. An idea or a
concept does not fit this
1. Likely to cause confusion with a mark in a registration or prior application;
2. Descriptive for the goods/services;
3. A geographic term;
4. A surname;
5.Resembles of a national flag.
6.Against religious nature
The total time for an application to be processed for smooth registration is almost one year or less it
may take years depending on the basis for filing and the legal issues that may arise in the
examination of the application
A mark registered in colour, the protection available only for that particular colour, however if a mark
registered in black and white will protect for all colours.
Use is not necessary for the seeking protection of a trademark and no certificate of use is necessary for the renewal of a trademark. However any interested person through court may order to strike off the registration if it is established that the mark had not been effectively used for five consecutive years
Beer, ale and porter in class 32, alcoholic goods in class 33 and pork meat in class 29 are not registrable
If a country doesn’t have the Kuwaiti consulate it is appropriate for you to legalize the document with
British consulate. And the same we can additionally legalize with British consulate in Kuwait.
It depends with the process of application inside the Trademark Office; normally it will take 9-12
months for an application to complete the process for registration.
Trademarks Office has had legal power to refuse an application on specific grounds: for the purposes of the Law, the “mark” filed are not considered to be able to be a “trademark” for one of the following reasons.
1,Formal reasons 2, lack of distinctiveness or descriptiveness 3, Public policy 4, Immortality 5, Resembles to an official symbol 6, resembles of a national flag 7, resembles to surname 8, resembles to a Geographical name or indication
Trademark office able to reject a trademark on “relative grounds”: this is where the application is rejected because the trademark already exists and other parties have prior rights to the mark. Rejection on relative grounds may be obtained through the opposition procedure. This right may be granted either to the public, which will reject the application.
It is a condition imposed by the Registrar for multi worded applications, The Registrar will accept the application only if the applicant agrees in writing not to use the trademark separately and use it as a whole in the same form as applied.
Associated marks are identical or similar marks owned by the same person and used for the same or similar classes of goods or products. The marks or their distinctive characters, the registration of which is applied for separately, shall also be deemed as associated marks. Upon examination of the application the Registrar will impose condition to associate such marks. Normally applying additional entries to makes the link.
In principle, there is nothing to prevent you using it to market your products or services. You can’t take
any legal action against infringement
You have to wait three years from the struck of date for apply for the registration of a mark cancelled by its owner.
A 3D mark is a synonym for a shape mark. For example, the shape of a bottle registered as a
A trademark is only registered if, when the application is filed, it has met certain requirements and if the procedure has been able to be followed properly. Several months elapse between application and registration without affecting the inception of the protection.
The Trademark Office is the official body responsible for the registration of trademarks. The Office ensures that the mark accepted will uniformly protected by Law. It is a public body, which administers the Register and regulated by Government.
A trademark agent is a person or a firm specializing in the area of industrial property who or which will advise and guide any person interested in that area. It is compulsory for an International applicant to appoint their agent to act on their behalf for the process of trademark in Kuwait
Local applicant’ s, it is possible to file their application directly, but most of the application is processed through trademark agent/attorney. For international applicants it is necessary to appoint their local agent and a suitable Power of Attorney should be submitted along with the application.
The protection applies to the mark as it was filed. Any change in the distinctive aspect of the mark requires a new application. However in certain cases the slight changes possible through entries for details contact us.
All documents including trademark application should be filed in local Language, Arabic, the official
languages and your agent will process your application
An application filed for a trademark, followed by registration, is valid for a period of 10 years. It can be
renewed indefinitely, for successive periods of 10 years.
The official fees for filing an application is approximately US$ 120 up to registration and it is not possible to refund or endorse the fees once paid
You may contact our Office for quotation stating your job requirement.
1. Formal examination
2. Examination as to inherent regiistrabiility (absolute ground)
3. Examination as to the right of third parties (relative grounds)
4. Impose disclaimer if necessary
5. Publication of the application
6. Opposition proceedings
On the day on which the written application is received by the Trademark Office, your form will be stamped with the date and application number is allotted on serial basis with an Official receipt for your application: this date, the filing date, will be considered to be the date from which the applicant will enjoy the right of protection, provided that the application meets the minimum requirement including the payment of fees.
Yes. The advantage is that you know in advance, from the results, whether it is sensible to apply to
register the mark.
Search availability is not necessary for filing an application. No, the search can perform only through your local agent since it is not available on the net and no Official search report may issued in this respect
There is no time limit for recording the assignment however Assignment must be recorded before a trademark application/registration is used any proceedings against third party or in order to prevent the mark from being cited by the examiner against new application for a similar mark filed by the assignee.
The opposition deadline has been increased to 60 days (from the current 30 days in Kuwait).
however, the deadline remains non-extendable.
The filing now electronically however, online fling not yet allowed for public
No, use of a mark does not give you any right to protection under Kuwait trademark Law. Only application gives exclusive rights to a trademark. And it is not possible for you to take the appropriate action against a third party who copies it.
Always a registered trademark is renewable; the first renewal is due in 10th year from the application date and can be renewed within 12 months prior to the expiry date. Maximum of six months grace period is allowed, with a fine. Trademark office will not issue a certificate of renewal instead the new protection period is endorsed on the Certificate itself. For this purpose you should return your original certificate of registration to your agent for endorsement.
No, although both subjects belong to the field of industrial property, they are governed by quite
The Trademark Office has no jurisdiction as far as abuse or infringements of existing trademarks are concerned: it is up to the owner of the prior mark – which must be registered in this case – to take the appropriate action. It will ultimately be for the judge to decide whether or not there has been an infringement or a violation of the law. For more information and opinion on a particular case, you should contact us directly.
If the applicant of a trade mark wants to enjoy the right of precedence based on an earlier application filed in a member state to an international convention to which a member state of the Council is a party, he shall attach to his application an acknowledgment stating the date, number, and the state in which he filed the application. The applicant shall also file a certificate issued by the entity in which the application is filed and the certificate states the date of filing and a copy of the earlier application with translation into Arabic within six months from the date of filing the earlier application for which the right precedence is alleged; otherwise he shall forfeit his right to claim it.
These symbols have no legal validity in Kuwait. However, they may indicate that the sign used is a registered trademark and therefore protected If you claim rights to use a mark, you may use the “TM” (trademark) or “SM” (service mark) designation to alert the public to your claim of ownership of the mark, regardless of whether you have filed an application However, you may only use the symbol “®” can use for registered trademarks, and not while an application is pending..
Trademarks and domain names are two completely different topics:
– a trademark is a symbol, which is used to distinguish products and services of a company. By registering it at the Trademark Office you get protection, in other words, it gives you the exclusive right to use this mark.
– a domain name is a sort of address, similar to a telephone number, to identify a site on the World Wide Web (Internet). To obtain this address, you have to register with a national organization (KSRC) for more information contact our Office.
Yes. Before registration
-The Owner of a mark previously registered or filed
– The Owner of a non-registered well known (6bs Paris convention) mark
– Any interested party or Authority based on absolute reason
No fees other than renewal fees should be paid for the maintaining the registration of a trademark
Change of ownership like assignment, change of name and change of address, merger on trademark is possible only after it is published and not opposed.
1. four images of the marks
2. legalized and translated power of attorney
3. proof of business practice
4. a translation of the mark if it is not in the Arabic language, with an explanation of how it should be
6. Priority documents legalized and translated
Deed of assignment acceptable with or without goodwill however a nominal amount is recommendable and is acceptable to the Trade Mark Office
The major changes include:
1. Original documents such as power of attorney , priority document can be filed within three months from the filing date;
2. The total time for examination cannot be more than 90 days from the filing date of the application;
3. Applicants must reply to office actions within 60 days from the date the refusal is issued;
4. Final refusals by the Registrar can be appealed through the Appellant Committee within 60 days of notification. Said decision is subject to appeal before the courts within 60 days from issuance;
5. Publication fees must be paid within 30 days from the date of acceptance;
6. The opposition period is now 60 days from the publication date.
7. Replies to oppositions must be made within 60 days from the date the applicant was notified about the opposition;
8. Registration fees must be paid within 30 days from the date of notification of the final acceptance (after publication);
9. It is possible to amend a trademark registration after payment of prescribed fees;
10. Renewal applications can be made within one year before expiry, with a grace period of six months after expiration with extra surcharges;
11. Provisions have been added that will for the first time allow for “trademark mortgages,” which authorize a proprietor to use its trademark as security for a loan;
12. Provisions have been added that will for the first time allow for recordals of trademark license agreements;
13. Collective marks” will be allowed for the first time;
14. Provisions that will allow for the registration of “quality marks” have been introduced
15. Sound marks will be allowed to be registered for the first time; Smell marks will be allowed to be registered for the first time;