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One Number for the Trademarks in Yemen

Guiding Principle

As of October 1st, 2011, all the registration numbers of the Trademarks in Yemen shall hold the same No. of filling once the application is accepted. This is based on the new implementing regulation of the Yemeni Trademark law No. 23 of 2010, issued on July 27th, 2011.

The new implementing regulation of the Yemeni Trademark Law has kept the number of filing the application for registering a new trademark to be the same number as for the registration of the trademark, once the application is accepted. This amendment was carried out to facilitate the procedures of registering the trademark and to have prior knowledge of the registration number from the moment of filing the application.

In the previous implementing regulation, the registration number of the trademark was only given after the approval of the trademark department at the Yemeni Ministry of Commerce

Moreover, the new implementing regulations have stated the following provisions:

  • expecting in complete the substantive examination (examination on absolute and relative grounds) within 30 days from submission of all required documents;
  • The 8th edition of the Nice classification is adopted with no local sub-classification;
  • Renewal of trademarks applications will be published in the Official Gazette;
  • The Trademark Office has cancelled all surcharges imposed on late filing of documents;
  • In the event that a trademark owner desires to secure provisional protection to a mark which is used on products or services displayed in national or international exhibitions held in the country, he has to notify the competent authority one month before the opening of the exhibition. The trademark’s owner shall be granted a certificate of provisional protection of his trademark within a period not exceeding 3 months after the end of the exhibition.
  • The Trademark Office will no longer issue any certificates of renewal, change of name or address. Only official receipts to this effect will be granted to applicants attesting to any change of title. The Trademark Office will only issue the following certificates:a) Registration Certificate;

    b) Assignment Registration Certificate;

    c) Pledge Registration Certificate;

    d) License Registration Certificate;

    e) Merger Registration Certificate.

There is a grace period of one year for late renewals without paying any surcharge.

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