Did you know that in Saudi Arabia it is compulsory to record a trade mark licence at the local Trade Marks Office? Previous advice had been that it was best practice to record a licence in Saudi Arabia, but it is now clear that it is obligatory to record a licence in Saudi Arabia. A recent example demonstrates how failure to do so can have significant consequences: the licensee of a luxury brand store was recently forced to either remove all of the brand’s trade marks from its store or to close the store until the licence had been recorded at the local Trade Marks Office. The trade marks were being used under licence, however, the licence was not recorded at the Saudi Arabian Trade Marks Office.
General points to bear in mind when considering the recordal of a licence in Saudi Arabia are:
We strongly recommend that you review any licences in place in Saudi Arabia and confirm that they have been recorded against your Saudi Arabian trade marks.
If you require any advice or assistance reviewing your portfolio or recording licences in Saudi Arabia, please do not hesitate to contact us.