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Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures in Qatar

Guiding Principle

The new Law No. 17 of 2011, regarding the Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures has been introduced in Qatar. The Law came into force in the country upon its publication in the Official Gazette No. 12 of January 11, 2012.

A. The Main Important features of the new Law

The significant features of Law No. 17 of 2011 include the following:

  1. The rights owner can request for the inspection of the imported merchandises which involve an infringement. The application must be supported by a sufficient evidence of the occurrence;
  2. The rights owner can submit an application at the Qatari Customs for the registration of all the information related to his rights.
  3. The Qatari Customs Authority can suspend entry into Qatar of alleged counterfeit and pirated products infringement;
  4. The Qatari Customs Authority shall inform the importer and the rights holder of its decision. The decision may be appealed before the Court.

B. The items which are not subject to the provisions of this Law:

  1. Merchandises in transit;
  2. Merchandises put on the market of the country of origin by or with the consent of the rights owner;
  3. Merchandises of a non-commercial nature and gifts contained in travelers’ personal luggage or sent in small consignments;
  4. Merchandises entering from a neighboring country that is member of a Customs Union with Qatar where all controls over movement of goods across said borders have been substantially removed.

On the basis of the Law No. 17 of 2011, anyone importing infringed products and knowingly doing so, will be punishable by imprisonment of a term not exceeding one (1) year or a fine of not more than ten thousand (QR 10,000.00) Riyals or both.

April, 2012 Tareq Jeroudeah
  Meyer-Reumann & Partners, Dubai Office
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