Qatar to en­cour­age global trade­marks in com­pli­ance with Madrid Pro­to­col

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Qatar seeks to en­hance sup­port to in­ven­tors, in­tel­lec­tu­als, cre­ators, trade­mark own­ers and other rights hold­ers, in­clud­ing both in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions, by en­cour­ag­ing the in­ter­na­tional regis­tra­tion of trade­marks in ac­cor­dance with the Madrid Pro­to­col.

The aim of the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MCI) is to pro­mote trade and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­mote na­tional in­vest­ments and sup­port lo­cal mi­cro, small and medium-sized en­ter­prises to cope with global de­vel­op­ments and com­pe­ti­tion within the frame­work of the Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030.

This was dis­closed at work­shop on the in­ter­na­tional regis­tra­tion of trade­marks in ac­cor­dance with the Madrid Pro­to­col, a pact that makes it pos­si­ble to pro­tect a mark in a large num­ber of coun­tries by ob­tain­ing an in­ter­na­tional regis­tra­tion that has ef­fect in each of the des­ig­nated contracting par­ties.

The Madrid Sys­tem for the In­ter­na­tional Regis­tra­tion of Marks is gov­erned by the Madrid Agree­ment, con­cluded in 1891, and the pro­to­col re­lat­ing to that agree­ment, con­cluded in 1989. The work­shop was or­gan­ised in co-op­er­a­tion with the World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WIPO), within the frame­work of a na­tional plan to mod­ernise lo­cal laws to ac­cede to in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and treaties on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights. Dur­ing the work­shop, experts from the MCI, the WIPO and the Moroc­can In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Prop­erty Of­fice tack­led sev­eral im­por­tant top­ics, fo­cus­ing on the mech­a­nisms of the in­ter­na­tional regis­tra­tion of trade­marks in ac­cor­dance with the Madrid Pro­to­col, its char­ac­ter­is­tics and its ben­e­fits to right own­ers, na­tional of­fices and the state.

The work­shop shed light on the steps of reg­is­ter­ing a mark in­ter­na­tion­ally start­ing with the sub­mis­sion of the in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tion, its trans­mis­sion to the in­ter­na­tional of­fice in Geneva and its pub­li­ca­tion by WIPO. The in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tion is then ex­am­ined by the des­ig­nated na­tional of­fices to de­cide whether to reg­is­ter the mark or sub­mit the reasons the ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected to the or­gan­i­sa­tion to ini­ti­ate ap­peal pro­ce­dures. The work­shop also touched on the process of reg­is­ter­ing and re­new­ing pro­tec­tion for a mark and as­sess­ing the cur­rent sta­tus of the regis­tra­tion of na­tional trade­marks.

The MCI-Madrid Pro­to­col work­shop. The MCI is look­ing to pro­mote trade and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­mote na­tional in­vest­ments and sup­port lo­cal mi­cro, small and medium-sized en­ter­prises to cope with global de­vel­op­ments and com­pe­ti­tion within the frame­work of the Qatar Na­tional Vi­sion 2030.

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