The State of Qatar adopted the new Industrial Designs Law No.10 of 2020 which stipulates specifically defined elements for industrial design protection and criteria.
The new law has been published in the Official Qatari Gazette No. 9 in the 10th of May 2020, regulating several aspects of the industrial design criteria, such as: unregistered designs, refusal grounds for industrial design registration, protection period, priority date, licensing, compulsory licensing, precautionary measures, and the criminal liability for industrial design infringement.
The new industrial design law includes 38 articles aimed to control and set a mechanism for industrial designs protection in the state of Qatar. Prior to that, limited protection was granted under the Trademarks Law No.9 of 2002.
The procedure and official fees however remain the same, until further official ministerial announcement.
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