Qatar Joins the Madrid System

May 6, 2024

Qatar has joined the Madrid System! WIPO’s international trademark system now covers 131 countries.

The Government of Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol – the governing Treaty of the Madrid System – with WIPO Director General, Daren Tang on May 3, 2024. Qatar is the 115th Member of the Madrid System.

This accession further strengthens the Madrid System as a practical and efficient solution for protecting trademarks worldwide.

National trademark holders in four – Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates – out of the six countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council can now use the Madrid System to secure cross-border protection of their brands.

The Madrid Protocol will enter into force in Qatar on August 3, 2024.

What does this mean for you?

Starting August 3, 2024…

  • If you are a brand owner in Qatar and already have – or have applied for – a national trademark registration through the Intellectual Property Department of Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, you will be able to use the Madrid System to seek protection of your brand in up to 130 countries simultaneously, by filing just one international application, in one language (English, French or Spanish) and paying a single set of fees, in one currency (Swiss francs);
  • If you are a trademark holder in any other Madrid System Member you will be able to seek overseas protection of your trademark in Qatar, and;
  • If you are already the holder of an international trademark registration, you will be able to expand its geographical scope to include Qatar.

Tip! You can “Expand the geographical scope of your international trademark registration” directly online using eMadrid. Find out more about expanding protection.

Madrid System Member Profiles

We will shortly add detailed information about Qatar’s trademark laws, practices and procedures – as well as contact details for Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry – to our Member Profiles available under eMadrid. Check back soon!

About the Madrid System

The Madrid System offers a convenient and cost-effective solution for registering and managing trademarks worldwide, in up to 131 countries simultaneously. Our suite of online services available under eMadrid lets you prepare and track your international trademark applications in real-time, and centrally manage your portfolio of international trademark registrations.

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