If you have a company with a plan on doing business in Kuwait, here’s what to expect when you file your Kuwait trademark registration application.
It simply makes good business sense to register your Kuwait trademark wherever you plan to sell your goods. If that place is Kuwait, then you need to work through a registered trademark attorney who’s licensed to work in Kuwait. Your attorney can then deal with the Kuwaiti Patent Office.
As a foreign applicant, you can depend on your registered trademark attorney to follow all the rules. You still, however, can help by providing the needed documentation regarding:
The original power of attorney and the original certified copy of the Priority Document should be legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate. Both should be submitted within 3 months of the filing date.
The Kuwaiti Patent Office will then examine your application. They will check that you’ve complied with the formal requirements regarding the needed documents. They will check that your mark is within the legal definitions, and that it is unique.
Once your mark passes through the examination stage, the patent office will then publish your trademark in 3 consecutive issues of the Official Gazette. Other companies who may object to your trademark has the time from the first publication up to 60 days from the last publication to voice their objections.
If there are no objections or if the objections have been cleared up, you get your Notice of Allowance for your trademark. You’re then allowed to use the ™ sign for your brand name, and you are protected from other companies using a mark that’s similar to your brand name and logo.
The whole registration process can take a while, as it can last from 10 to 12 months. That is, if everything goes right. If you have plenty of objections to deal with, it can take a lot longer.
You have to pay the official fees within 30 days after the Notice of Allowance has been issued. Then the trademark is valid for 10 years, and you can renew the trademark indefinitely every decade afterwards. However, you need to request the trademark renewal within the last year of the current trademark term.
You can still request a trademark renewal within 6 months after the trademark expiration, but you will have to pay an extra fee. Keep in mind that if you don’t use the trademark in Kuwait for 5 years after the filing date, your trademark registration can be cancelled.
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