Surnames Now Registered in Saudi Arabia as Trademarks


Saudi Arabia Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) approved the registration of family names as trademarks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Authority has laid down certain conditions for accepting applications for registration of family names as trademarks in order to strike a balance between rights holders who are interested in registering a family name as a trademark and whoever bears the surname.

SAIP emphasized that the surname should be treated as a part of the trademark, not the trademark itself, and that the criteria and formal registration provisions relating to ordinary trademarks must be complied with. In addition, the surname must be in commercial use for a period of not less than 10 years.

The Authority declared that the surname must have a distinctive appearance and the trademark must be registered in the goods or services category for which it is popular.

The Resolution prohibits the registration, as well as the registration of the names of widespread tribes and clans, of family names that are widespread and common in the goods or services field in which the mark would be registered.

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