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Oman Trademark Registration

The Sultanate of Oman is the second largest country in the GCC nations and is treated as a gateway to Gulf. It is bordered by UAE, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Arabian sea. In Oman the legal basis is the Royal Decree No. 67/2008, the Industrial Property Law. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.

Requirements
A trademark application has to be filed before the Registrar at the Trademark Office in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries by a local agent. A power of attorney authenticated by an Oman consulate is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration. In lieu of a domestic registration a certified copy of the extract from the commercial register of the applicant is needed. If any priority is claimed, the supporting documents to be submitted to Ministry within 30 days.

Procedure
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 180 working days from first filing to registration for a straight forward case. Before registration, the trademark application is published in the Gazette and in a local newspaper. The national opposition period is 90 days from the date of the publication in the Official Gazette.

Duration
A trademark registration in Oman is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

Methods
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. INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION (MADRID SYSTEM)*: If you already have filed a trademark application or have a trademark registration in one or more countries of the Madrid Union (based on the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol), you can obtain trademark protection by filing one single application, so called International Registration (Madrid System). *Note: The fees for an International Trademark Application (WIPO) will be calculated for each individual country or multiple countries. For a quotation please send us an e-mail with the name of countries where you currently have a registration and all preferable countries where you wish to extend your trademark protection.

Extra
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.

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