Saudi Arabia: Filing Requirements

Last Updated: 24 December 1999

Signatory

Please note that all Powers of Attorney should be completed in the name of the following signatory: Mr. Suleiman Ibrahim Al-Ammar P.O.Box 9767 11423 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Trademark/Service Mark Applications

1.A power of attorney notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia. One general power of attorney is sufficient for filing simultaneous and any future applications.

2.A list of the goods/services to be covered by the application.

3.Fifteen prints of the trademark. A trademark print should not exceed 7 x 7 centimetres.

4.The full name and address of the applicant.

Saudi Arabia is not a member of any international convention. However, it is possible to claim priority if the applicant submits the following documents within six months from the date of filing of the application in Saudi Arabia:

a. A legalized declaration issued by the Trademarks Office of the country of the applicant stating that it has reciprocal treatment with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in trademark matters.

b. A certified and legalized copy of the home application, together with an English translation.

The legalized priority document should be submitted within 6 months from the filing date of the corresponding application, however, if the applicant is not in the position to provide us with the said document on time, then the application will be considered filed as a non-priority application.

Renewal Applications

1.Power of attorney notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia.

2.The original Saudi registration certificate of the trademark for the purpose of endorsement.

Assignment Applications

1.A power of attorney notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia.

2.A legalized deed of assignment executed by both assignor and assignee.

3.The original Saudi registration certificate of the trademark for the purposes of endorsement.

Merger/License Applications

1.A power of attorney notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia.

2.A legalized certificate of merger or a copy of the license agreement.

3.The original Saudi registration certificate of the trademark for the purposes of endorsement.

Change of Name and/or Address Applications

1.A legalized power of attorney showing the new name and/or address.

2.A legalized certificate of change of name or address.

3.The original Saudi Arabian registration certificate of the trademark for the purposes of endorsement.

Patent Applications

1.A power of attorney executed in the name of the applicant duly notarized and legalized up to the Saudi Arabian consulate.

2.A notarized and legalized deed of assignment, if any, executed by the inventor(s), assigning the patent rights to the applicant.

3.Two copies of the specification in English and Arabic prepared strictly in the following order:

a) The abstract (not exceeding one page).

b) Background of the invention.

c) Summary description of the invention.

d) Brief description of the drawings, if any.

e) Full description of the invention.

f) Claims.

4.Two sets of the formal drawings one set of them should be without numerals.

5.General Information Required:

a)Name(s) and Address(es) of the inventor(s)

b)A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:

i.Whether or not the application has been submitted before to the Saudi Patent Office.

ii.Whether or not the invention has been filed in other countries (including the home country); if yes, provide the following:

    • Country of filing.
    • Application number(s) and filing date(s).
    • Publication number (if any) and date of publication in case of publication of the invention in the home country or in any foreign country or the number and date of the letters patent, if it has been granted in any country.
    • Class of the patent in accordance with the international classification (if known).

6. It is usually recommended to submit a certified copy of the home patent appliaction or a Patent letter. Note: Saudi Arabia is not a member to any international convention, hence claiming priority is not applicable even if the relative application is filed before the priority deadline corresponding to a foreign application.

Protection of Designs (Cautionary Notices)

The requirements for publishing cautionary notices in respect of a design are the following:

1.The particulars of the owner such as the name, address, nationality and nature of business.

2.The title of the design and particulars of corresponding foreign registrations, if any.

3.A summary description or any other perspective views of the design if the owner desires to have such particulars published.

Copyright Applications

I.Software:

1.Two copies of the software.

2.A detailed explanation of the software with specification of its contents.

3.The name and identity of the programmer (a photocopy of his passport).

4.An undertaking that the programme is not quoted, i.e. it is the programmer's own invention. If the opposite is proven, the application will be treated as cancelled.

5.A power of attorney legalized up to the Saudi Arabian consulate.

6.A permission from the Ministry of Information allowing to circulate the software.

II. Literary Works & Others:

1.Two copies of the work.

2.A detailed explanation of the software with specification of its contents.

3.The name and identity of the author.

4.An undertaking that the work is not quoted, i.e. it is the author's own invention. If the opposite is proven, the application will be treated as cancelled.

5.A power of attorney legalized up to the Saudi Arabian consulate.

6.A permission from the Ministry of Information allowing to circulate the work.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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