FAQ

T1: How long will it take to conduct a trademark search?
From 10 to 15 days.

T2: Does your country use the international classification?
Yes; the 8th Edition.

T3: Are there any goods or services for which the mark cannot be registered?
No.

T4: Does the specification of goods in any class limit the protection to the specified goods, or does it give additional protection to all the goods in the class?
Protection goes for registered goods or services only.

T5: Can a trademark be registered in the name of more than one applicant (i.e. joint application)? If so, what are its requirements?
Yes; the same filing requirements, namely:
• Legalized Power of Attorney (up to the Syrian consulate), as per the attached form. The procedure of super-legalizing the Power of Attorney in Syria involves obtaining the Interior Ministry's approval first, which takes 2-3 months.

• Certified copy of home or any other foreign corresponding registration certificate for the above mark reflecting the same class/goods. Please provide us with a photocopy of the same. If the Registrar insists on a certified copy, we will inform you in due course.

• Statements in respect of the "Class 3 & 5 products", including list of main ingredients as per the enclosed form for the above trademark, to be legalized up to the Syrian Consulate.

T6: Can an application be filed without its complete documents? If yes, what is the deadline for filing the documents?

It is possible to file the application and later complete the requirements within 6 months with fine payment per document/month.

T7: Can one application cover more than one class of goods/services?
No, as single class system for trademark applications is adopted in Syria, i.e. each class relating to the same trademark should be covered by separate application.

T8: May priority be claimed under the Paris Convention?
Yes.

T9: What is the term of protection of a trademark? From what date is it calculated?
Ten years from the filing date.

T10: Is marking compulsory and, if so, how should marking be made?
Marking is optional.

T11: In case a trademark is not renewed in due time, and another company register the same trademark, can the original owner oppose the registration or not?
Any mark that has been written off for any reason or for the non-renewal of its registration may be re-registered in the name of its owner in particular, during the period of three years from the date of the write-off and may be registered, after the lapse of this period, in the name of its owner or any other parties. The original owner, then, can oppose the relative application/registration.

T12: If the trademark was filed incorrectly originally, what documentation would be required to amend the official register to show the correct details?
Amendment of registered trademark forms is not possible. Amendment after filing is possible by submitting a corresponding certified copy of home or foreign registration showing the correct form.

T13: Is use required before registration or for maintaining the registration in force?

Yes, within three years from its registration date. The competent court may - at the request of any interested party –pass a decision to strike off the registration of a mark if it is proved that it has not been seriously used for three successive years on all products or services for which it was registered, or any part thereof; unless the owner of the mark justifies the reason for non-use.

T14: Is use of the trademark on one item sufficient to maintain the protection for all the goods covered by the registration?
It is supposed to use the trademark as to the registered goods/services. 

T15: What are the types of use required?
By way of throwing the products in the markets for sale directly by the client or through a licensee.

T16: Can the assignment of an application be recorded?
Yes.

T17: Is recording a license agreement compulsory? What are the consequences of non-recordal?
License agreement recordal and particularly, in case of a local licensee, is compulsory to produce effect against third parties.

T18: Can recordals such as change of name, address, merger, assignment license, etc., be made against pending applications?
No.

T19: Can an assignment be made with or without the goodwill? What monetary consideration is to be mentioned as the value of the assignment? Is there any tax based on the value mentioned?
Trademark assignment can be made with or without goodwill/monetary consideration.

T20: Can the trademark application be opposed and what is the opposition period?
Yes, within 90 days from the publication date.

Address:

Trade Marks Agencies (Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property - TMP Agents) Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Building - Kafersoseh Villas Organization zone - The Southern Highway

P.O. Box: 31000 Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Telephone: +963 11 214 0160 +963 11 214 0161
Fax: +963 11 214 0162
Email: syria@agip.com
Contact: Mohammad Ammar Azmeh (Mr)

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