We would like to bring to your kind attention that the Sultanate of Oman has officially enacted the fresh uniformed Gulf Cooperation Council’s Trademark Law with effect from 31st July, 2017 by virtue of the Royal Decree number 33 of the year 2017, which was published in the Official Gazette’s issue number 1204 dated July 30th, 2017.
The new regulations, which fall into 52 items and paragraphs outlining the overall guidelines and provisions that formulate trademarks’ registration and renewal procedures as well as assignment and cancellation policies across the GCC countries, are yet to be revealed soon, side by side with the pertinent fees in this connection.
It is worth mentioning in this context that that Oman’s promulgation of the regulatory law in question comes in the wake of the enactment of the same on the part of three other GCC member states i.e. Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, we would also like to point out hereunder, some highlights of the amendments to be integrated unto the trademarks law currently in place:
a. The conceptual meaning and approach of the word “trademark” shall be expanded to comprise or cover, the “color” and “sound” aspects, together with the factory’s mark.
b. Depending on earlier foreign application, priority claiming shall be made available.
c. Deadline for filing opposition or counter opposition applications shall be limited to only sixty days, rather than ninety days, as is the case under the current policy to this effect, commencing from the date of application.
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