Saturday, March 18, 2017

Qatar cabinet nod for draft law on industrial designs

Qatar's cabinet has approved a draft law on the protection of industrial designs and another draft of its executive regulations with regard to trademarks, commercial data, trade names, said a report. 

The decision was taken at the the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani at Emiri Diwan, reported The Peninsula.

As per the draft law, an owner of the registered industrial design has the right to prevent others from making, selling or importing products taking the shape of the design or model or including it, stated the report.

The duration of the protection of the industrial design or model is five years, renewable for two similar terms, it added. 

The project includes provisions relating to the Protection of Industrial Property Office's issuance of a periodical journal called "Industrial Property" to publish the data required to be announced in accordance with the provisions of this law.

A registration book must be prepared in the Office to record all industrial designs and models, owners data, notifications assignment of property, beneficiaries of the licences, licences renewal, cancellation and all other related issues, so as determined by the executive regulations of the law. 

The draft law includes the amendment of several articles in the Advocacy Law, and the addition of some articles to the law, stated the report. 

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce prepared the draft law in the context of facilitating requirements for the investors and the business community. 

Under this, private companies can be licensed to perform all or some services set forth in the Law No (25) of 2005 on the commercial register as amended by Law No. (20) of 2014, Law No. (5) of 2015 on commercial and industrial outlets, similar public facilities and street peddlers and Commercial Companies Law.

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