The new unified Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Trademark Law and its Implementing Regulations were published in the Official Gazette of Saudi Arabia on 1 July 2016 and is expected to enter into force on 27 September 2016. Accordingly, the following procedural changes will be introduced:
- The definition of a trademark is extended to include colour, sound and olfactory marks;
- Multi-class applications will become possible;
- It will be possible to claim priority based on an earlier-filed foreign application, and
- Opposition against published applications must be filed within 60 days from the date of publication where previously it was 90 days; however, a request for extension of time to file an opposition will not accepted.
It is not clear whether the official fees will increase or not, this will be determined by the beginning of the next month. Moreover, the official fees related to multi-class applications is yet to be decided.
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