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The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement is followed in Kuwait. The trademark law does not provide for the protection of trademarks covering alcoholic drinks in classes 32 and 33 and pork meat in class 29. Class No. 33 has been completely dropped and the international class 34 has been reinstated for tobacco products. A separate application should be filed with respect to each class of goods and services.

Once a trademark application is filed, the trademark is examined as to its registrability. In case the Registrar rejects a trademark, the applicant may file an appeal in court within 30 days as of the date of the official notification. Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published in 3 consecutive issues of the Official Gazette of Kuwait (Al-Kuwait Al-Youm). There is a 30-day period open for filing opposition by any interested party. The statement of ... More details

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The provisions of Law No. 4 of 1962 and its amendment of 1999 allows for the registration of patents in Kuwait. The validity of a patent of invention is 20 years as of the date of filing the application.

Currently, once an application is filed for the grant of a patent registration, the Kuwaiti Patent Registrar takes no further action. The Kuwaiti Patent Office has not yet started the process of examining, publishing and granting of patents. All patents filed with the Kuwaiti Patent Office are practically in the application stage, but are officially protected for 20 years as of the date of filing.

Until the Kuwaiti Patent Office changes the present practice, all filed patent applications shall remain as documentary evidence of ownership and priority claim even in the absence of examination and issuance of certificates by the Patent Office. The usual actions of opposition, renewal, payment of annuities, working, and so forth (with the exception of ... More details

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Currently, once an application is filed for the grant of an industrial model registration, the Kuwaiti Patent Registrar takes no further action. The Kuwaiti Patent Office has started the process of examining, publishing and granting of designs. All designs filed with the Kuwaiti Patent Office are practically in the application stage, although the relevant designs are currently protected for 10 years as of the date of filing.

Until the Kuwaiti Patent Office changes the present practice, all filed design applications shall remain as documentary evidence of ownership and priority claim even in the absence of examination and issuance of certificates by the Patent Office. The usual actions of opposition, renewal, payment of annuities, working, and so forth (with the exception of the assignment of applications), are not currently applicable in Kuwait.


 

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Copyright registration is administered by the Kuwait National Library which has prescribed forms for different types of copyrights. The relevant form should be filled and submitted to the Library with the material to be registered. Upon filing, a filing number will be given. Within 2 months from the date of submitting the application and material, the Library will issue a depository number. An amount of KD 10 shall be charged per each certificate of filing or recordal of any copyright issued by the Kuwait National Library.


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The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) is the local registry for the Top-Level Domain (.kw) in Kuwait.


Second-Level Domains

.com.kw:  commercial use

.net.kw:   Internet activities

.org.kw:   non-for-profit organizations

.edu.kw:  educational institutions

.gov.kw:  governmental entities


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