FAQ



1- What is intellectual property ?


Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. There are different types of intellectual property and all are protected by law such as; Patents, copyrights, trademarks, domain names, tradesecrets etc… Each type of intellectual property provides its owner with certain rights which can be enforced. of right provides the owner with people to earn recognition or financial benefit ...


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2- What is a trademark?


A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. A trademark registration offers legal protection for a word, symbol, phrase, logo, design, or combination of those that represents a source of goods or services. ...


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3- What is a patent?


A patent is a type of intellectual property right that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention for a limited period of time (usually 20 years) in exchange for disclosing the invention. ...


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4- What is a copyright?


A copyright is a type of intellectual property right which protects creative works such as literary, artistic, educational, software or musical form. Copyright is intended to protect the original expression of the idea, not the idea itself. ...


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5- What is geographical indication?


A geographical indication (GI) is a sign which identifies the geographical origin of a (place), which has an immediate impact on the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product. Since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there is a clear link between the product and its original place of production. (For example, Basmati rice). ...


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6- Are trademark and copyright the same thing?


No ...


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7- What is trademark Goodwill?


According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary Goodwill is; 1. “the favor or advantage that a business has acquired especially through its brands and its good reputation 2. the value of projected earnings increases of a business especially as part of its purchase price 3. the excess of the purchase price of a company over its book value which represents the value of goodwill as an intangible asset for accounting purposes.” From a trademark perspective, goodwill is interchanged with reputa ...


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8- What is a service mark?


A mark which offers legal protection for a word, symbol, phrase, logo, design, or combination of those that represents a source of a services. Service marks are usually regularly interchanged with trademarks. ...


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9- What is the difference between a trademark and a service mark?


A trademark may refer to both a mark which represents goods and services, while a service mark represents a mark which covers services solely. ...


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10- What is a word mark?


A word mark is a trademark which is simply typed in standard character without regard to the font, style, size or color. In a trademark application for a word mark, you are essentially seeking registration of the wording (or lettering) without regard to its style, design, font or any graphic features. In other words, you are protecting the wording, and not the logo. ...


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11- Why do you protect a word mark?


Registration of a word mark provides broader rights and basically protects the wording of the mark regardless of its style. Thus, applications for word marks do not claim rights to any particular font, style, size or color. Applying for a word mark means you can vary the design aspects of the mark (e.g., style, upper/lower case, font) in use without causing a conflict with your trademark application, so long as the wording (e.g., spelling, number of words/terms, etc.) remains the same. ...


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12- What is claiming colors?


If filing for a design mark, you will need to decide whether or not you will claim colors. If color is not claimed, then the mark should be filed and protected in black and white but your usage of the mark may be in any color. If color is claimed, then you must file a color version of the mark and use the exact colors and color combination as those applied for in the application. ...


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13- Can I trademark a color?


Many countries accept color to be registered as a trademark, such as Tiffany blue, Galaxy silk brown and Valentino red. Color marks are much harder to register and require fame to succeed in registration. ...


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14- What is a design mark/Logo?


If you want to protect a design whether graphic or image, whether it includes wording or not, such as a stylized logo, then you would apply for a design mark. A design mark provides protection for the exact design being protected. Therefore, changing the design may warrant the filing of a new trademark application. ...


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15- What is a trademark logo?


A trademark can be a logo or a word. Registering your logo as a trademark is important because in some instances your customers will be able to identify your brand from your logo alone. A good logo can aid in creating brand awareness and recognition in the marketplace. Protecting your logo with a trademark is crucial in maintaining and increasing brand equity. ...


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16- What language should I register my trademark in?


We advise registering the trademark in the language it will be used and in the official language of the country of interest. In the Arabic countries, we advise registering the mark in Arabic and English as in most countries, signage should reflect the Arabic as well as the Latin characters. ...


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17- Upper case Vs. Lower Case?


In a trademark application for a standard word mark, it does not matter whether the letters are drawn in uppercase or lowercase letters. ...


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18- What is a slogan?


A slogan is a memorable phrase used to persuade customers and ensure they remember the product / service being sold. ...


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19- Can a slogan be registered as a trademark? Can a phrase be registered as a trademark?


Yes a slogan can be registered, however due to the nature of the words being generic, it may take longer to protect and may face office action, unless the below conditions are met; - The slogan being registered as a trademark is fundamentally creative and distinctive. - The slogan has been extensively used and has another meaning that immediately calls a product or service to mind. ...


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20- Can you trademark your name?


You can trademark your name if you intend to use it in selling goods and services. However even if you registered your name as a trademark, in most instances you are not able to stop others from registering or using the name as it is theirs. Therefore, it would be a good idea to come up with a more distinctive and unique trademark when setting up a business. Some common names may not registrable and therefore you cannot claim rights to it. We have written an article on the use of family names, f ...


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21- Can you trademark your company name/domain?


You can trademark any word or phrase you would like as long as it is distinctive and unique. Weather it is a company name or a brand name or a domain name. In some countries, you are required to register a trademark locally in word format in order to retrieve the country level domain name. ...


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22- When can I use the circle R ® symbol?


The ® symbol can only be used when a trademark is registered, you have received the certificate of registration. ...


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23- How should I use the ® symbol?


The ® symbol has typically placed in the upper right hand corner or lower right hand corner of a registered mark. The ® symbol is not included when filing the application for trademark registration. ...


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24- When can I use ™ Symbol?


The ™ Symbol is used to show that a trademark filing is under process. ...


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25- What are the types of trademarks available?


Trademark, service mark, Word mark design mark, slogan, certification mark, collective mark ...


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26- What is a certification mark?


A certification mark is a trademark used to demonstrate a particular product or service complies with a certain set of standards. ...


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27- What is a collective mark?


A collective mark is a trademark used or intended to be used, in relation to goods or services in the course of trade by members of an association, to distinguish those goods or services from others provided by persons not members of the association. ...


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28- Do you need a lawyer to register a trademark?


In the absolute, if you are not a resident or citizen of a country then you should assign a local lawyer or agent to file a trademark on your behalf. Whether or not you need a lawyer or local representative depends on the country and your residency status in that country. In most countries, if you are a resident or citizen of a country you as an individual can visit the trademark office physically or online go through the process and register your trademark. By completing our platform and respon ...


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29- Can I register a trademark without a lawyer?


Yes if you are a resident of the country and able to visit the trademark office then surely you can register a trademark without a lawyer or a legal representative. This however is not recommended as communication regarding infringements or any communication from the trademark office may not be received on a timely basis. ...


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30- What cannot be registered as a trademark?


Trademarks are jurisdictional rights; therefore, each country/jurisdiction can provide a certificate relating to a trademark and protect it. Therefore, whether or not a trademark can be registered depends on the specific trademark law / Intellectual property law of the country. In general, the below can't be registered as trademarks; • A mark having no property or distinctive character; • A mark that is generic, or simply a name given by tradition to familiar goods, products, services ...


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31- When is a trademark generic?


A generic trademark, is a trademark or a brand that has become a generic term or synonymous with, a general class of product or service. Usually trademarks become generic when they become famous and widely used – such as (escalator, or band aid). [refer to Generic trademarks article for further examples] ...


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32- What is the nice classification?


The Nice Classification (NCL), established by the Nice Agreement (1957), is an international classification of goods and services applied for the registration of marks. A new edition is published every five years and, since 2013, a new version of each edition is published annually. ...


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33- What are Classes?


When protecting trademarks, an applicant has to decide what specific goods and services to protect the trademark will be applied on. These gods and services have been grouped into 45 classes based on the Nice agreement. The international classification of goods and services for trademarks is composed of 45 classes. Classes 1 to class 34 relate to goods and classes 35 to 45 relate to services. Trademark classification serves two functions: it provides a guideline for registering trademarks, and ...


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34- How can I find what class my trademark should be registered on?


There are 45 classes of goods and services and all Arabic countries use the nice classification of goods and services. refer to the NIce Classification www.wipo.int/classifications/nice/nclpub/en/fr/ or the trademark tool (trademark class finder and availability tool) which can assist you with choosing your class according to local availability (link). ...


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35- Why register a trademark?


It is a good idea to register your trademark to be able to use the mark freely, and stop others from using it, to build brand equity and value. in the Arabic countries, trademark registration is important and in many cases a prerequisite for any enforcement action. The investment to register a mark is minimal compared to the potential cost of not registering, and compared to the potential benefits registration will bring to your business. ...


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36- Should I register a trademark when I start a business?


For a startup or an entrepreneur going into a brand new business, registering a trademark would turn out to be very beneficial in the future, registering your trademark when starting a business and from the get go ensure that your mark is safe and cannot be infringed on; and therefore you will be protecting your mark from any theft, infringements or impositions. Registering your mark means you have the license to use this trademark on the registered goods and services in the jurisdictions that i ...


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37- Who can register / own a trademark?


Any individual or company whether local or a foreigner can register a trademark they have created. Trademark registrations can either be completed directly at the trademark office, completing the required procedures through our online website, or through contacting an attorney in the jurisdiction needed. If more than one entity created a trademark and would like to own it, then they can co-own or jointly own the trademark. ...


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38- Can I register a trademark in my name as an individual?


Trademark can be registered to an individual. ...


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39- Do I have to have a business to register a trademark? Or can I register a trademark without an LLC?


Any individual or local or a foreigner can register a trademark they have created. However, there are some countries such as Oman and Kuwait, which have limitations on the registration of trademarks in the name of foreign individuals. ...


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40- Can a trademark be sold? Can a trademark be transferred?


Selling or transferring ownership if your mark is to be decided by the individual/company that owns the mark. There are no law restrictions to selling a mark, it just needs to be alive and registered with a registration certificates, a deed of assignment needs to be signed, and you can proceed with submitting the application of transfer of ownership of a mark. ...


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41- What is a trademark search?


As a minimum a trademark search is a search for all individuals or companies which have registered or filed the trademark you are interested in at the local intellectual property office. As trademarks are jurisdictional rights, a search is usually conducted at each intellectual property office (IPO) or trademark office (TMO) in each country of interest. Conducting a trademark search at the intellectual property office alone is not sufficient, for a coherent search, one should also check the trad ...


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42- What is an identical trademark search?


An identical trademark search provides results of marks which are identical to the mark searched, in the language requested. An identical mark in another language or script, or on another class than the one searched for will not appear in the report. ...


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43- What is a similar trademark search?


A similar trademark search provides results of marks, which are similar in pronunciation or look to the mark searched, in the language requested. A similar trademark search will not yield results on similar classes, it will only provide results in the class requested. ...


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44- What is knockout search?


A knockout search provides results of marks, which are identical or HIGHLY similar, providing the applicant with an indication of the risk associated with proceeding with this application. ...


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45- Can I do a Trademark Search via the Internet?


Some trademark searching can be done using the USPTO Web Trademark Database: US federally registered trademarks and pending registrations. Be sure to read and understand the scope notes, help screens and disclaimers before conducting your search. ...


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46- Why should I do a trademark search?


A trademark search is usually cheaper than a trademark filing, so it provides you with visibility on whether or not the trademark will proceed to an acceptance or not. Even though a trademark search is not as extensive as examination at the trademark office, it still gives insights on – who is using a similar mark, what the risks involved with using or registered the trademark are. ...


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47- When should I do a trademark search?


For trademark searching to be effective, you have to have a couple of trademarks you are interested in. You also have to have an idea of what you will be using the trademark on what class meaning the goods or services you are interested in. Finally, you should know what jurisdiction or country you would like to protect your trademark in. It is also advisable to complete a trademark search right before you would like to file for protection. A delay in filing a trademark means that the time frame ...


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48- Can you search for a trademark as an image?


In general, you can search by image or logo or word or phrase or number or symbol, however due to limitations in technology searching by image does not yield to accurate or necessarily usable results. ...


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49- What is trademark watch?


Trademark watching entails monitoring official gazettes and flagging potentially conflicting applications that are either Identical or similar which may confuse the average consumer. Trademark watching is a cost effective way to scan the market and enforce trademark rights before going to courts, through oppositions at the trademark office. ...


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50- How to register a trademark?


The trademark registration process varies from one country to the other and are dependent on the specific laws of the country. In general however, trademark registration involves 3 key steps by the applicant (owner of the trademark); - Filing a trademark application - Publishing a trademark application - Issuing the certificate proving trademark registration. ...


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51- What is the general trademark registration process?


Trademark applications are completed and submitted at the trademark office along with the required documents and settlement of the official filing fees. the applicant will receive a filing number and filing date. The application will then be examined by the trademark office, the TMO. The trademark office examiner will issue a decision to either: • Accept the application, the publication fees should be settled and the mark will be issued in the official gazette. • Conditionally accept the ...


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52- What documents do I need for trademark registration?


When applying for trademark registration, certain official documents need to be submitted to the local trademark offices in the middle east. Such as a power of attorney, a commercial certificate and a priority document in case claimed. Each country has its own authentication standards so please refer to the specifics of each country for further assistance. To check whether classes are available locally refer to – https://easy-trademarks.com/en/userguidedetail/6 ...


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53- Are all classes available in all countries?


Most countries use the latest version of the nice classification; however some countries still use older versions. With that said, not all classes or all goods are available in all countries especially in the middle east. Alcoholic beverages, pork and pork products and bar services are not available for registration in all the middle east countries. To check whether classes are available locally refer to – https://easy-trademarks.com/en/userguidedetail/7 ...


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54- Why don’t I register my trademark on all classes?


Besides it being too expensive to register a trademark on all classes, to remain effective, registered trademark should be used. therefore, if you have registered a trademark and have not used it other parties can file a claim to cancel the registration because you are not using the trademark. ...


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55- How to choose a class?


Choosing a class depends on the services and products the trademark will be associated with. There are 45 classes to choose from when registering for a trademark. Registering a trademark entails selecting the class and specific goods and services which relate to your business. ...


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56- What is trademark priority registration (priority claim)?


When registering a trademark in a jurisdiction signatory of the Paris Convention, an applicant is allowed to “claim priority” to an earlier mark therefore using the details and effective date of an earlier mark as long as the earlier mark is filed no later than 6 months prior. ...


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57- How can I claim priority?


Many countries have strict requirements regarding the type of documentation required in order to claim priority sometimes including legalization and translation of the original application. Priority is claimed through filing, when a company or individual is planning to claim priority, they should submit their application within six months of the initial filing date. ...


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58- What does applicant mean?


An applicant is the company or individual that is applying to register a mark. The applicant name and address have determined by official documents such as passport or company registrations. ...


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59- What address should I use? What is applicant address?


When filing for a trademark whether for an individual or a company, the address that should be used is the official address wither on the Company registration document or an official document issues from the related authority specifying ...


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60- What is trademark description?


When filing a trademark, the application will usually ask you to include a description if the trademark is composed of one or many words, you can simply state their meaning, if the trademark include a logo or an image or any symbol or number then you have to describe it as if in full details with colors and shapes and number and symbols. ...


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61- Can I use hyphen or a number in a trademark?


Generally speaking, using a hyphen or a number in a trademark does not increase or decrease the value of the trademark, nor does it have an impact on whether the trademark will be accepted or rejected it. It is also generally not prohibited and does not affect the trademark examination process. ...


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62- What is international registration of a mark? What is global trademark?


An International Registration allows trademark owners to register their trademarks with a single, uniform application through a centralized filing system with the ability to designate multiple countries (contracting parties). The system for international trademark registration is referred to as the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks and is governed by the Madrid Agreement, and the Madrid Protocol. ...


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63- How should I choose the country?


A trademark should be registering where it is intending to use it to sell services and or products. ...


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64- How long does a trademark registration last? When does a trademark expire?


The validity of a trademark registration depends on the country. in most countries, trademark registrations last for 10 years from the date of filing and can be renewed for an indefinite period of time as long as the required documents and fees for renewal are settled. To check the length of trademark registration or validity by country refer to – https://easy-trademarks.com/en/userguidedetail/5 ...


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65- What is trademark infringement/ violations?


Trademark infringement is the use of a trademark without authorization from the owner. Trademark Infringement may occur when one party, the "infringer", uses a trademark which is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by another party, in relation to products or services which are identical or similar to the products or services which the registration covers. ...


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66- What are trademark disputes?


Trademark disputes are all types of quarrels whether taking place at court, at the trademark office or privately between a trademark owner and another party. Trademark disputes may relate to who the rightful successor of a trademark is (whether because of inheritance or otherwise), who rightful economic beneficiary of a trademark is or whether use of a certain mark constitutes an infringement or not. Trademark disputes may either be resolved at the trademark office, at court or through out of c ...


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67- What is trademark acceptance?


After filing a trademark is examined by the trademark office and a decision is issued regarding whether a mark is distinctive and can be registered based on: 1- previous registrations, 2. according to the standard of the local laws and regulations; 3. if all the documents needed were properly submitted and authenticated. If the Mark passes these examination criteria formal and informal then it will be accepted for registration. ...


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68- Can a trademark be renewed? How many times can I renew a trademark?


One of the most beneficial rights associated with trademark rights is the fact that trademark rights can be renewed indefinitely. There is no cap on how many times you can renew a contract. But a trademark needs to be renewed every ten years. Renewal applications must be submitted prior to the deadlines. In order to renew a trademark, it should be an active trademark and still in use. ...


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69- What is the general trademark renewal process?


The renewal application should be filed within the last year of the valid protection period, or within the local grace period provided, however this may be subject to late penalty fees. Th renewal application along with the supporting document and renewal fees are submitted to the trademark office. Within 1 month from filing the renewal application, the trademark office will provide a decision and the applicant may proceed with settling publication fees in order to finalize the renewal procedure ...


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70- What is the general trademark assignment process?


A trademark assignment application and related fees should be submitted to the trademark office. Once all the documents are available these should be submitted the trademark office examines the documents and issues a decision. Once accepted, publication fees along with the publication application should be submitted for publication in the official gazette. Following publication, the certificate proving the assignment can be issued if required otherwise or no. ...


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71- What is a trademark filing number?


A trademark filing number is a number assigned by the trademark office to the trademark application once it is submitted, it is the official number of the trademark which is used to follow up a trademark and make sure the examination process is taking place in a timely manner. ...


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72- What is a trademark registration number?


A trademark registration number is the number the trademark office gives to the trademark upon issuance of the trademark registration certificate. ...


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73- Is the trademark filing number the same as the trademark registration number?


In some countries the filing number is different from the registration number, however most countries are now moving towards having the filing number and registration number be the same. ...


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74- What is a trademark filing date?


The filing date of the trademark is the date the trademark was submitted to the Trademark office for the purpose of registration and the fees for the trademark application settled. ...


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75- When is a trademark protected from? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The registered trademark protected from the date of filing. However as trademarks are jurisdictional rights, this depends on the country. To check the date a trademark is protected from refer to – https://easy-trademarks.com/en/userguidedetail/When-is-a-trademark-protected-from-what-date-is-a-trademark-protected-from ...


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76- What is a publication date?


The publication date is the date of a trademark published in the official gazette to inform third parties of your rights. ...


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77- Why is a trademark published?


In most countries, trademarks are published in the official Gazette, to provide anyone who believes they would be damaged by the registration of a published mark with an opportunity to challenge the proposed registration. ...


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78- How long is a trademark published for?


A trademark publication period depends on the jurisdiction. And usually ranges between 1 month to 4 months in the Arabic countries. To check the duration of trademark publications refer to– https://easy-trademarks.com/en/userguidedetail/How-long-is-a-trademark-published-for ...


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79- What is a trademark examination?


When a trademark application is filed with the related authority, the trademark is usually examined based on local laws and criteria to check whether the mark will be approved for registration or rejected. ...


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80- Will a trademark be accepted?


If a trademark is distinctive, unique, has not been registered previously by any other party and is in line with local laws and practices then the likelihood of acceptance is high. NO absolute confirmations can be provided regarding trademark acceptance. ...


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81- What is a conditional acceptance?


A conditional acceptance, is when a trademark is accepted under certain conditions provided by the Trademark office, whether such conditions relate to formality requirements such as submission of missing documents or substantive requirements such as disclaiming rights to part of the mark to maintain a mark registration the applicant should respond to the conditional acceptance. Otherwise a trademark application will be considered withdrawn. ...


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82- What is a trademark disclaimer?


A trademark office may request an applicant to disclaim certain rights relating to a trademark especially when a trademark is a dictionary word and cannot monopolized by one applicant. ...


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83- What is association of a trademark?


IN some Arabic countries, local trademark examiners request that an applicant associate marks which are similar or identical, therefore ensuring that the ownership of the marks are related. Therefore, an applicant will not be able to assign one mark and not the other. ...


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84- What is a rejection of a trademark?


When filing to register a trademark, the Trademark office examines your application, in that process they might reject a trademark, based on absolute or relative grounds or both depending on the local laws and practices. A rejection does not imply that a trademark will not registered, it implies that the trademark examiner believes there are risks associated with this marks and requires the applicant to provide further information or notice on that. ...


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85- What is a granted trademark?


When filing to register a trademark, the Trademark office examines your application, in that process the local laws are revisited and the trademark is examined on absolute and/or relative grounds. Once the trademark passes examination and is published for third parties, and the registration fees are settled it is considered granted to the applicant. usually referred to as registered trademarks. ...


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86- What is an opposition of a trademark? What is objection to a trademark?


During the trademark publication period, any interested party may oppose the registration of the trademark citing the reason for the said opposition. This is referred to as an opposition or an objection to the published trademark. ...


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87- What is a trademark renewal?


As trademark registrations have finite durations, prior to the expiration of the trademark registration an applicant should renew a trademark to maintain it. ...


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88- When should I renew a trademark?


A trademark renewal is usually done during the last year of protection. In some countries a grace period is provided for late renewal, however this calls for additional penalty charges for late renewals. ...


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89- When is a trademark abandoned?


A trademark is considered abandoned if; - Not all formal requirements and deadlines have been met (such as use, or submission of documents); or - Not all the fees were settled; or - If the trademark was not renewed within the grace period. ...


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90- What is an assignment of a trademark?


The assignment of a trademark, is when the ownership of the trademark is being transferred from one company or individual to another. This means that the holder of a trademark assigns the trademark to another party within the period of validity of the registered trademark according to the legal procedures. ...


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91- Who is an assignor of a trademark registration?


An assignor of trademark rights is a person/legal entity, which transfers the rights of a trademark to another owner. ...


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92- Who is an assignee of a trademark registration?


An assignee of trademark rights is a person/legal entity to which a right to use a trademark registration is being legally transferred to. ...


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93- Do I have to file and record any changes relating to the name or address of the applicant of a trademark registration?


IN order to enforce trademark rights, applicant details should be updated. Therefore, it is advisable to maintain an updated record for trademark owners, including the trademark owner name and address. ...


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94- What governs trademark registration?


Trademarks rights are jurisdictional rights afforded through the process of registering a trademark. These processes, procedures, and rights are governed by trademark laws in each country. There are also international treaties signed by multiple countries with an aim to harmonize trademark laws across jurisdictions. For more info, (link to laws page). ...


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95- Who regulates intellectual property and trademark rights?


Trademarks rights are jurisdictional rights afforded through the process of registering a trademark locally. different countries have different governing bodies regulating trademark rights, and intellectual property rights. In the middle east, trademark rights are protected and governed by the ministries of economy and other specialized IP offices. (Refer to our community) ...


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96- Do I have to use my trademark?


In general, using a trademark within the past three to five years is required for maintaining and enforcing trademark rights. While this is a generalization, many countries especially Arabic countries have a less rigid application of the use requirement. We advise use of the mark in order to avoid any contestation in the ownership of the mark. ...


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97- What is a cancellation of a trademark?


Cancellation of a trademark means that the trademark passed through all the phases, was registered then was cancelled from the registry, either because: 1) A third party filed a cancellation action; or 2) The trademark was not properly renewed or updated; or 3) The trademark was not properly used (not applicable in all jurisdictions); or 4) An owner of a trademark requests to cancel it from the registry. Trademark cancellation procedures are different depending on jurisdiction and may be ...


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98- What is WIPO?


WIPO is the world intellectual property Organization, a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states. WIPO acts as the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. (Refer to our community) ...


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99- Is a trademark a fixed asset?


A trademark is considered an intangible asset which can be amortized only if the trademark was purchased through a merger or an acquisition. This however depends on the specific accountancy laws. ...


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100- Can I register a trademark in Dubai only?


No trademark registrations in the UAE are federal registrations which cover the all the seven emirates in the UAE namely; Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. ...


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101- Can I register a trademark in the GCC Gulf cooperation council?


No the GCC only accepts patent applications; there are no regional alliances or councils which allow the registration of a trademark in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously. ...


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102- What is the difference between a design mark and a trademark which is a logo?


There is no difference between a design mark and a logo which is registered as a trademark. A design mark can also consist of an image. ...


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103- What is the implications of missing a deadline?


The implication of missing a deadline relating to a trademark application depends on the country. In some countries deadlines can be extended by filing an extension of time, in other countries, the applicant may incur penalty charges for delays and in other countries trademarks may lapse if deadlines are missed. Refer to country specific user guides. ...


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104- What is the difference between an apostilled, notarized legalized and sub legalized document?


Apostille: is an authentication which verifies the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty. Refer to https://www.gsccca.org/notary-and-apostilles/apostilles/hague-apostille-country-list Notarized: is an authentication by a notary public who is qualified by the state in the country of ...


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105- What is sworn translation?


A sworn translation is a translation completed and authenticated by a translator authorized by the state. ...


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106- What is the difference between sworn translation and normal translation?


As sworn translation is an authenticated translated document, while a normal translation is completed by an individual fluent in the language and it does not have to be authenticated. ...


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107- What is a Power of Attorney (POA)?


A power of attorney is a legal authenticated document by which the local agent is authorized to represent the applicant for their Intellectual property matters in a specific country. ...


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108- What is a commercial certificate?


A commercial certificate is a legal document/license relating to the formation of a company or corporation. It is a license to form a corporation issued by state in, which the company was established. A Commercial certificate is sometimes interchanged with a trade license, a certificate of good standing, or a certificate of incorporation. ...


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109- Can I amend details of my trademark after registration (remove goods and services, logo design)?


Yes, however you will need to file an amendment request, and settle the required fees. (refer to country specific procedures) ...


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110- Can I cancel my own trademark registration?


Yes, you can always request to cancel your trademark registration by submitting a cancellation application. ...


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111- Can I register a sound as a trademark?


Yes, you can register a sound mark as a trademark in some countries, however this is dependent on their local country specific Intellectual property office procedures and regulations. (refer to country specific procedures) ...


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112- How long does a trademark registration last in Qatar?


The trademark protection period in Qatar is 10 years. ...


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113- How long does a trademark registration last in Libya?


The trademark protection period in Libya is 10 years. ...


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114- How long does a trademark registration last in UAE?


The trademark protection period in UAE is 10 years. ...


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115- How long does a trademark registration last in Iraq?


The trademark protection period in Iraq is 10 years. ...


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116- How long does a trademark registration last in Bahrain?


The trademark protection period in Bahrain is 10 years. ...


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117- How long does a trademark registration last Morocco?


The trademark protection period in Morocco is 10 years. ...


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118- How long does a trademark registration last in Lebanon?


The trademark protection period in Lebanon is 15 years. ...


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119- How long does a trademark registration last in Kuwait?


The trademark protection period in Kuwait is 10 years. ...


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120- How long does a trademark registration last in Algeria?


The trademark protection period in Algeria is 10 years. ...


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121- How long does a trademark registration last in Saudi Arabia?


The trademark protection period in Saudi Arabia is 10 Hijri years. ...


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122- How long does a trademark registration last in Yemen?


The trademark protection period in Yemen is 10 years. ...


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123- How long does a trademark registration last in West Bank?


The trademark protection period in West Bank is 7 years. ...


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124- How long does a trademark registration last in Gaza?


The trademark protection period in Gaza is 7 years. ...


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125- How long does a trademark registration last in Tunisia?


The trademark protection period in Tunisia is 10 years. ...


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126- How long does a trademark registration last in Jordan?


The trademark protection period in Jordan is 10 years. ...


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127- How long does a trademark registration last in Egypt?


The trademark protection period in Egypt is 10 years. ...


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128- How long does a trademark registration last in Oman?


The trademark protection period in Oman is 10 years. ...


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129- When is a trademark protected from in Qatar ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Qatar begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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130- When is a trademark protected from in Libya? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Libya begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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131- When is a trademark protected from in UAE? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in UAE begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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132- When is a trademark protected from in Iraq ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Iraq begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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133- When is a trademark protected from in Bahrain ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Bahrain begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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134- When is a trademark protected from in Morocco ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Morocco begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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135- When is a trademark protected from in Lebanon ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Lebanon begins on the Registration date of the Mark. ...


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136- When is a trademark protected from in Kuwait ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Kuwait begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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137- When is a trademark protected from in Algeria ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Algeria begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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138- When is a trademark protected from in Saudi Arabia ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Saudi Arabia begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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139- When is a trademark protected from in Yemen ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Yemen begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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140- When is a trademark protected from in West Bank ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in West Bank begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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141- When is a trademark protected from in Gaza ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Gaza begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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142- When is a trademark protected from in Tunisia ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Tunisia begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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143- When is a trademark protected from in Jordan ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Jordan begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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144- When is a trademark protected from in Egypt ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Egypt begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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145- When is a trademark protected from in Oman ? (what date is a trademark protected from?)


The trademark protection date in Oman begins on the Filing date of the Mark. ...


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146- What is the most valuable trademark?


Value depends on market check out the Forbes ranking for Forbes https://www.forbes.com/the-worlds-most-valuable-brands/ ...


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147- What is trademark infringements?


Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights attached to a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner or any licensees (provided that such authorization was within the scope of the license). Infringement may occur when one party, the "infringer", uses a trademark which is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by another party, in relation to products or services which are identical or similar to the products or services which the registration cove ...


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148- Why use the easy trademark platform to register your trademark?


Our website provides a comprehensive approach to registering a trademark. What you need to do is just fill in the forms and submit the documents needed and we will do the work for you. Its hassle free and cost effective. Even if you choose not to go with the optimum service, you will receive excellent service, and we will make the process of registering a trademark quick and effortless. ...


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149- Can you trademark your name?


In general, you can trademark your name, however there are multiple concerns with doing so. We have written an article on the use of family names, feel free to go through it and then you can decide if you would like to use your name or family name as a trademark. https://easy-trademarks.com/en/details/To-trademark-or-Not-to-trademark-your-Name ...


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150- What is a “Sole proprietorship”?


A sole proprietorship is a business that can be owned and controlled by an individual, a company or a limited liability partnership. There are no partners in the business. The legal status of a sole proprietorship can be defined as follows: It is not a separate legal entity from the business owner. ...


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151- What does a “Partnership” mean?


A partnership is a formal arrangement by two or more parties to manage and operate a business and share its profits. There are several types of partnership arrangements. In particular, in a partnership business, all partners share liabilities and profits equally. ...


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152- What is a “Limited Partnership”?


A Limited Partnership is a business entity that consists of one or more General Partners, whose responsibilities include daily management of the company, and one or more Limited Partners, who do not participate in management. A General Partner may be an individual or an entity, such as a corporation. ...


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153- What does the “limited liability company (LLC)” means?


A limited liability company (LLC) is a business structure whereby the owners are not personally liable for the company's debts or liabilities. Limited liability companies are hybrid entities that combine the characteristics of a corporation with those of a partnership or sole proprietorship. ...


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154- What is a “Nonprofit Organization”?


A nonprofit organization is a business that has been granted tax-exempt status by tax authorities because it furthers a social cause and provides a public benefit. ...


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155- What does “Cooperative” or (Co-op) mean?


A co-operative is a legally incorporated corporation that is owned by its members, who use the co-operative's services or products. They can and do provide virtually every product or service, and can be either for-profit or non-profit enterprises. ...


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156- What is the difference between a company and a corporation?


A Corporation is a large company or group of companies authorized to act as a single entity and recognized as such in law. A corporation is always a company but a company is not necessarily a corporation. ...


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157- How long is a trademark published for in Qatar?


Trademark publication period in Qatar is 120 days. ...


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158- How long is a trademark published for in Libya?


Trademark publication period in Libya is 120 days. ...


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159- How long is a trademark published for in UAE?


Trademark publication period in UAE is 30 days. ...


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160- How long is a trademark published for in Iraq?


Trademark publication period in Iraq is 90 days. ...


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161- How long is a trademark published for in Bahrain?


Trademark publication period in Bahrain is 60 days. ...


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162- How long is a trademark published for in Morocco?


Trademark publication period in Morocco is 60 days. ...


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163- How long is a trademark published for in Lebanon?


Trademark publication period in Lebanon is 3 month if the logo black and white, and 6 months if the logo is coloured. ...


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164- How long is a trademark published for in Kuwait?


Trademark publication period in Kuwait is 60 days. ...


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165- How long is a trademark published for in Algeria?


There is no trademark publication period in Algeria, after filing, if the mark is accepted the certificate is issued, no publication period or opposition in Algeria. ...


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166- How long is a trademark published for in Saudi Arabia?


Trademark publication period in Saudi Arabia is 60 days. ...


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167- How long is a trademark published for in Yemen?


Trademark publication period in Yemen is 60 days. ...


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168- How long is a trademark published for in West bank?


Trademark publication period in West bank 90 days . ...


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169- How long is a trademark published for in Gaza?


Trademark publication period in Gaza is 90 days . ...


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170- How long is a trademark published for in Tunisia?


Trademark publication period in Tunisia 60 day. ...


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171- How long is a trademark published for in Jordan?


Trademark publication period in Jordan is 90 days. ...


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172- How long is a trademark published for in Egypt?


Trademark publication period in Egypt is 60 days. ...


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173- How long is a trademark published for in Oman?


Trademark publication period in Oman is 60 days. ...


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174- Can I register my trademark internationally?


Trademarks are jurisdictional rights so you have to protect your trademark in each country you would like to use or protect the trademark in. There is a way to protect your trademark internationally, called the Madrid system, however you still need to choose what countries to protect the trademark in and you have to meet certain conditions to be able to use this system; (1) You should be a natural person who is a resident or a national of a Contracting Party to the Madrid Agreement or Madrid Pr ...


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