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New Trade Names Regulations in Oman

02-Aug-2016 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 5463
MUSCAT - The Minister of Commerce and Industry in Oman has issued a ministerial decision No 124/2016 regarding new regulations for the registration of trade names, a press release by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 
According to Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, the regulations state that the trade name should be formed of original Arabic words or translated into Arabic, and it should not contain foreign words; except for the subsidiaries of international companies registered in the Sultanate or the joint Omani-foreign companies or the wholly foreign-owned firms. 
The decision states that registered trade name should not be split or changed either by addition or omission, and the subsidiaries of a registered commercial entity are not allowed to go under an independent trade name. As per the regulations, the ministry of commerce and industry may reject a proposed trade name or change an existing trade name that is deemed non-compliant with the regulations. The regulations ban the registration of trade names that are consistent with well-known local or overseas firms. Banned trade names also include those bearing political, religious or military connotations or are consistent with the names of existing social or charitable organizations. The regulations also ban registration of trade names containing the word ‘Oman’ or Omaniyah.

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