RIYADH – A new procedure was put in place for oppositions and appeals in Saudi Arabia effective on January 2017. The new regulation stipulates that submitting counter-statements against oppositions by third parties as well as submitting appeals against refusals made by the Trademark Office (TMO) will have to be made before the designated committee by the TMO rather than the Bureau of Grievance.
Prior to this decision, a legalised power of attorney (PoA) by the Saudi Consulate was required in order to submit such replies. Now, the PoA must be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice in Saudi Arabia. Counter-statements and appeals will not be accepted if they are not accompanied by the PoA. All other documents, however, should have certified translations into the Arabic language.
It is worth mentioning that if a decision made by TMO against an applicant, then the applicant may appeal such decision before the Court.
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