Qatar

Trademarks

Trademarks

Law No. (9) for the year 2002 On Trademarks, Trade Names, Geographical Indications and Industrial Models and Designs. Conventions Berne, GCC Patent Office, WIPO, and WTO. Classification International Classification is followed in Qatar. No protection is granted to alcoholic drinks. A separate application has to be filed in each class.

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Patents

Patents

Patent applications are filed as per Royal Decree No. 30/2006 Promulgating the Patent Law. Duration Twenty years starting from the filing date of the non PCT patent applications.  For PCT national phase applications, twenty years starting from the PCT filing date. The term of protection is non-extendable.

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Designs

Designs

Industrial Designs Law No. 9 of 2002 was issued on June 8, 2002 and published in the Official Gazette in Qatar, but the Implementing Regulations have not yet been issued.   As there are no statutory design laws in force in Qatar, the only available means for protecting designs is publishing cautionary notices in Arabic and English in local newspapers.

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Copyrights

Copyrights

Copyright subject matters are regulated under Qatari Law No. 7 of 2002 on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights. Qatari Copyright Law provides protection to artistic and literary work. As a member of Berne Convention, formalities of registration is not required however there is a procedure for deposit of work.

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