What is real
is not external form.”
For sure, when the case, everyone wants to protect their intellectual property and brand wherever they are located. In some parts of the world this process may be really hard.
In a Middle East country in order to protect a brand we have to keep track of local requirements. One specific requirement is the request to associate a pending mark with some earlier registrations. We can fulfill this request by pursuing an undertaking „not to change the ownership of the similar/identical trademarks”, as to avoid public confusion.
At some point, it is logical that similar/identical trademarks, exponents of a brand on the market, to have the same owner. Otherwise, the general public may be misled and consider at a given moment or in a given context that a specific trademark doesn’t represent and associate with what they had in mind. Thus, the perception of that brand can be affected in respect with its image or the revenue generated by the company that owns it.
Specific for the Arab countries, the association clause regards similar/identical trademarks, claiming similar goods/services under the same class, and belonging to the same owner. Such condition is imposed to prevent the owner from assigning one associated trademark without the others, leading that way to public confusion or deception.
As of July 2018, we are handling a case regarding the banking industry. Our client is a private equity US firm which has completed the acquisition of a subsidiary bank from a giant group in this field. They intend to rebrand the business and step by step to reach the objective to strengthen the Eastern ( learn more )
Wide known fact: When an owner has a pending trademark application is entitled to market goods and services bearing the brand that is still to be registered. However, he can meet the situation in which the registration could not go smoothly. For instance, if conflicts are arising with earlier marks, then the brand might not ( learn more )