The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) has accepted the family names as trademarks and has set a certain conditions for accepting the registration applications, in order to achieve the balance for the rights holders interested in registering the family name as a trademark .

SAIP emphasized that the family name should be considered as a component of the trademark and not the brand itself, and must comply with the official registration terms and requirements related to regular trademarks. The family name should be in a commercial use for a minimum of 10 years. The authority clarified that the family name should have a distinctive appearance and that the trademark should be registered in the category of goods or services for which it is known.

It excluded the registration of common family names in the field of products or services in which the trademark will be registered, as well as the registration of the family names of tribes and clans scattered.

For further information in respect of the above, please contact Baianat-IP Saudi Office at Saudi@baianat-ip.com

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