Information on changes to trade mark applications in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon is below. 
 

KSA

The Official Publication fees for new trade mark applications and recordals have been reduced effective from 9 June, 2022. This reduction will be applied retroactively for any trade mark applications pending examination regardless of the filing date or recordals being filed after this date is subject to the new fees.

As per the online payment portal the new applicable publication fees in local currency are as follows (inclusive of VAT):

  • Publication fees for opposition purposes for regular trademarks, series of marks or a collective mark: 575 SAR
  • Publication Fees for effecting Renewals, License or Mortgage of a trade mark registration: 1150 SAR
  • Publication Fees for recordal actions such as change of name and/or address, assignment, merger or amendment of trade mark registration: 575 SAR

There has been no official circular issued with regards to the fee reduction on publication fees issued as of date.

Lebanon

A new directive has been issued as per the officially published in Memo No. 6/1/A.T. of 2022, by the Ministry of Economy and Trade in Lebanon which states that trade mark applications that includes words/characters in languages other than Arabic, English or French, must accompany an official Arabic translation, reflecting the words constituting the proposed mark certified by a sworn translator.

 

FICPI’s view and involvement 

Independent IP attorneys bring insights and counsel from a wider external perspective and a commitment to high quality work, complying with all relevant regulations. FICPI is the only worldwide organisation exclusively for independent IP attorneys and is driven by a strong shared interest to promote common solutions and advocacy for private practice.

Next steps 

Consider joining FICPI’s Study & Work Committee (CET 1) on Trade Marks. Find out more at: https://ficpi.org/cetcommissions/cet-1-trade-marks

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