Recent amendments to intellectual property (IP) protection have recently been implemented by the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) which are seen to make positive impact on the IP landscape in Saudi Arabia. The key changes include a new unified e-portal system, recognition of international IP agreements, extension of design validity, and stricter trade mark application processes. These reforms aim to streamline the application process, increase efficiency, and align Saudi Arabia's IP system with international standards.

The new e-portal system promises faster and easier filing and tracking of IP applications, potentially attracting more domestic and foreign filings. Recognition of international agreements, like the Hague System, fosters compatibility with other countries, making Saudi Arabia a more attractive destination for foreign IP protection. Additionally, the extended validity period for designs incentivises design owners to register their IP rights in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the stricter trade mark examination process, eliminating the grace period for amending rejected applications, necessitates more meticulous preparation from applicants. Overall, these changes are expected to enhance the efficiency and international recognition of the Saudi Arabian IP system, potentially leading to a surge in domestic and foreign IP filings.

Looking ahead, these developments explore potential future developments based on global trends and Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030. These possibilities include fast-track systems for patents in critical sectors, incentives for local innovation, and adoption of AI-powered tools for IP management. Furthermore, continued harmonization with international standards, educational programs on IP rights, and support initiatives for inventors and creators are anticipated.

Overall, these changes are likely to make the Saudi Arabian IP system more efficient and internationally recognised; whilst, other changes are expected to be applied by SAIP to meet the global IP standards. New updates will be communicated as they unfold through official announcements from SAIP, or any other official outlet.


FICPI's view and involvement

FICPI uniquely combines education and advocacy on topics around patents and trade marks, with a focus on developing the professional excellence of its individual members. FICPI Forums, Congress, committees and meetings are opportunities to gather insights from the international IP attorney community on any issue, whether it be practice-related or topics of patent and trade mark law.

Next steps

  • Search for FICPI members in Saudi Arabia by navigating to the FICPI member directory and searching by country. 
  • Events such as FICPI’s 2024 Open Forum (25-28 September, Madrid) offer the opportunity to attend technical sessions, and to meet and further discussions in congenial surroundings.
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