Kuwait Trademark registration
In Kuwait the legal basis is the Ministry Decree No. 8 of 1995. Pursuant to Trade Law No 68/1980. The trademark law does not provide protection for 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. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Trademark Office. A power of attorney authenticated by a Kuwait consulate is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination of distinctiveness, but no search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 8-10 months from first filing to registration. Before registration, the trademark is published in the Official Gazette (Al-Kuwait Al-Youm) three times. The opposition period is 1 month from publication of the trademark application.
A trademark registration in Kuwait is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
NATIONAL REGISTRATION: If you just want to register your Trademark in one country, it is sufficient to apply for a national registration at the local trademark office.
Duly note, if the trademark has not been used within 3 years from registration or has not been used later for a continuous period of 3 years, it may be subject to cancellation.