Applications for Trademarks in Oman reaches 13,043 in 2023

Oman sees increase in requests for Trademark Registrations

Muscat: The number of applications for registering and documenting trademarks in the Sultanate of Oman under the international trademark system increased in 2023 to reach 13,043 national and international applications, compared to 11,742 in 2022, according to statistics from the National Intellectual Property Office at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion.

The relevant government agencies are seeking to pay attention to developing the mechanism for organizing signs and trademarks and monitoring them through their shape, sizes, colors, and multiple languages.

In the field of regulations and laws related to trademarks, Badriya bint Khalfan Al Rahbiyah, Head of the Trademarks and Geographical Indications Department at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, says that the “trademarks” system at the National Intellectual Property Office in the Sultanate of Oman operates in accordance with the provisions of the Trademark System Law of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Issued by Royal Decree No. 33/2017.

She explained that a trademark is a name, symbol, or design that aims to help consumers distinguish a good, product, or service, owned by a company or institution, whether this product is industrial, agricultural, commercial, or craftsmanship, indicating that the trademark may include shapes, colors, pictures, symbols, logos, and perhaps Smells and sounds, and its conditions include quality, legality, and not violating public order and morals, or conflicting with governmental, national, or international slogans.

For his part, Saeed bin Hamdoun Al Siyabi, Intellectual Property Researcher at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, spoke about the trademark registration procedures, saying that the application is submitted through the “Oman Business” platform, and after completing the conditions, a serial number for the application is issued through the Trademark System (Ipas) for study and examination. The submitted mark was a word, a shape, or both. The examiner verifies the “Nice” classification, which is the international classification system for goods and services in accordance with the “Nice” Agreement in 1957, in addition to the “Vienna” classification for trademarks that consist of pictorial elements, geometric shapes, colors, or Plant or animal.

He added that the trademark owner has the right to make some amendments to it, transfer ownership and use of it to others, and renew it every ten years, stressing the importance of documenting and registering the trademark in order to protect the rights of creators and limit forgery, commercial fraud, imitation, and excellence in the field of goods or services.

He pointed out an increase in interest in registering trademarks in the Sultanate of Oman according to the International Trademark System during the years 2022 and 2023, with a growth rate ranging between 10 to 14 percent. This indicates increased societal awareness of the importance of the brand in the business sector.

Regarding the multilingualism of trademarks, Al Siyabi explained that the laws in the Sultanate of Oman were put in place to avoid a conflict between marks in different languages, and provided for protection for the translation of marks.

However, confusion may occur when comparing marks from the same language, so it is recommended to register trademarks. In Arabic in addition to the original language.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, represented by the National Intellectual Property Office, plays a guiding role in spreading awareness among members of society, organizing workshops on how companies can invest in the brand at the external level, and urging them on the importance of marketing their brands.

The Ministry also seeks to create a suitable environment for investment in the Sultanate of Oman and to facilitate procedures for protecting local trademarks abroad and international trademarks at home in accordance with the Madrid Protocol Agreement for International Trademarks 2007, under the supervision of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which contributes to spreading awareness in society about the role and importance of protecting trademarks. Providing advice and urging companies to expand abroad by issuing a license to use the “Franchise” trademark for a Gulf or international company.

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