Focus on the Middle East
IP in Saudi Arabia is constantly evolving to match the rapid globalisation and technological advances.
- Saudi Arabia is the wealthiest Gulf State and is a booming economy with a well-publicised government goal of becoming a world class education and research centre. Rouse has been active in Saudi Arabia since 1997 and in 2010 formalised an association with well-known IP specialist firm, Nassir Kadasa & Partners.
Trade marks registered in Saudi Arabia are protected for a period of 10 Hegira years. Registrants can apply for renewals during the last year of validity or within a grace period of 6 months after expiry. Trade marks for alcoholic goods are not registrable as well as related retail and wholesale services.
Rouse work with our associate firm, Nassir Kadasa & Partners in this market and are able to advise you on all your trade mark requirements.
The Directorate of Patents at King Abdul-Aziz City of Science and Technology has been deemed the’"Patent Office’ and has the authority to grant patents in the country. Protection can also be obtained via the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Both routes offer protection for up to 20 years.
The patent team at our associate firm, Nassir Kadasa & Partners, has significant experience of patent matters in Saudi Arabia. It deals with all aspects from filing to commercialisation and enforcement and has particular expertise in relation to pharmaceutical patents.
It is now possible to register both industrial designs and 'shape' marks in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa. In many cases, IP owners should be considering both design and trade mark registration in order to obtain the broadest protection.
Designs are registered at the Saudi Arabian Patent Office and are protected for 10 years. Our team handles design filing and prosecution matters in Saudi Arabia.