Saudi Arabia increases official fees

Official fees for publication and trade mark matters increase effective on 19 February 2017.

These fees for publication of trade mark matters will change from 19 February 2017:

 

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Old publication fees

New publication fees

Assignment/merger

SAR500 / US$135

SAR1,500 / US$400

License

SAR1,000 / US$270

SAR2,000 / US$535

Cancellation of a license

SAR1,000 / US$270

SAR2,000 / US$535

Change of name

SAR0 / US$0

SAR1,500 / US$400

Change of address

SAR0 / US$0

SAR1,500 / US$400

 

These fees for publication will not change: 

Trade mark application (foreign company)

SAR3,000 / US$800

Trade mark application (Saudi company)

SAR1,500 / US$400

Trade mark renewal (foreign company)

SAR3,000 / US$800

Trade mark renewal (Saudi company)

SAR1,500 / US$400

Amendment of the representation of a mark

SAR1,500 / US$400

Mortgage/security interest

SAR3,000 / US$800

Release of a mortgage/security interest

SAR3,000 / US$800

Voluntary cancellation of a registration

SAR3,000 / US$800

The increased fees will apply to all publication fees payable from 19 February 2017. The increase has been implemented by the company responsible for publication. There has not been an official announcement and the Implementing Regulations of the Trade Mark Law have not been amended. The existing fees for publication already differ from those in the Implementing Regulations.

This is the second increase in six months following amendments implemented on 29 September 2016 when the revised Trade Mark Law and Implementing Regulations came in to force to implement the unified terms of the GCC Trade Mark Law.  These new fees are more than anticipated by the Implementing Regulations of the Trade Mark Law:

 

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Publication fees in Implementing Regulations

Publication fees prior to 19 February 2017

Publication fees from 19 February 2017

Assignment/merger

SAR500

SAR500

SAR1,500

License

SAR1,000

SAR1,000

SAR2,000

Change of name

SAR500

SAR0

SAR1,500

Change of address

SAR500

SAR0

SAR1,500

Those increases in turn followed an increase earlier in 2016 when publication fees for renewals increased to SAR3,000. 

The almost relentless increase in official fees in Saudi Arabia has been matched by increases in Bahrain and Kuwait following legislation in those countries to implement the terms of the unified GCC Trade Mark Law.  We anticipate significant increases in official fees in Oman and Qatar when legislation is introduced to implement the terms of the unified GCC Trade Mark Law in those countries.  The official fees in the United Arab Emirates are higher than those anticipated by the unified GCC Trade Mark Law and we do not expect the official fees in the UAE to reduce when the GCC Trade Mark Law is implemented there.