Patent/IP in Kuwait
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Kuwait Intellectual Property
For a list of Patent Attorneys, please click on the 'Patent Attorneys in Kuwait' tab located above.
Intellectual Property, or IP, as it is colloquially called, is characterised as legal protection for commercially precious products of human intellect. There are, generally, three forms of IP: patents, copyrights and trademarks. Although these articles are similar many some ways, they each have individual idiosyncrasies and definitions which make them unique. Perhaps most importantly, there is no physicality to intellectual property. If effectively safeguards an intangible idea or process.
Generally speaking, patents are granted to inventors for inventions. These can include anything from machinery, tools, processes, chemicals, biotechnology, software, etc.
To qualify for a patent, an inventor must invariably create something that is:
- Of patentable matter
- Unique to patentee
- Merited and can be utilised
Under a patent, the patentee reserves the right stop or limit others from utilising and trading the invention. Without explicit permission from the patentee, persons using the patent in any of these ways are infringing, and could be subjected to legal action.
The Kuwait Patent Office is located in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The patent is valid for fifteen years from the date of filing the application, and the validity of an industrial model is five years from the date of filing the application. The Kuwaiti government is currently preparing to legislate the protection of patents to replace this law. The legislation, if passed, will narrow the definition of a patent and lengthen the validity to period of twenty years.
Trademarks are used to denote epithets, logos, symbols, slogans, etc, that are individual to a business and product. Fundamentally, the things that distinguish your product or service from a competitor's. Businesses understandably go to endless lengths to have control over their trademarks. Therefore, any persons found infringing upon them through unlawful use could be subject to legal action.
Famous examples of trademarks are Coca Cola and McDonald's.
Trademark Law does not protect trademarks or service marks that are connected to alcohol and pork. A trademark registration is valid for ten years from the date of filing the application. The trademark registration is renewable for successive periods of ten years.
Use of the trademark in Kuwait is not a prerequisite for registration or renovation. A trademark is liable to cancellation, however, if a third party proves that the trademark is not in use for a period of five years.
Copyright gives someone to sell and reproduce a protected product, which is invariably printed work. Things like books, magazines, websites, photographs, music, film and art are common examples of copyrighted work. Copyright denotes five rights of the author, artist, etc: reproduction, distribution, adaptation, performance and display. Use of such materials or works without the explicit permission of the copyright holder is classed as infringement, and persons doing so could be subject to legal action.Registration Office
The Patent Office for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
P.O. Box 340227
Telephone: +96 61 482 9378
Fax: +96 61 482 9600
Organisations that can assist with Patent/IP
When expanding your business to Kuwait, donít forget to protect your brand. We provide Trademark Registration Services in Kuwait and in all the Middle East.