Yemen Trademark registration
In Yemen the legal basis is the Intellectual Property Law No. 19 of 1994. The international classification of goods and services consisting of 45 classes has been adopted (exception: trademark protection cannot be achieved for alcoholic beverages). Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Registrar of Trademarks at the Ministry of Industry and Trade located in Sanaa by a local agent. A power of attorney authenticated by the Consulate of the Republic of Yemen or any other Arab Consulate is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 12 months from first filing to registration. Before registration the trademark application is published in the official gazette “Al-Tijarah”. The opposition period is 3 months from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration in Yemen 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 5 years from issue of the registration certificate or has not been used later for a continuous period of 5 years, it may be subject to cancellation.