Posted on February 10, 2018

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has issued a circular on the commercial use of symbols and public titles in Qatar. The Ministry has recently uncovered the unregulated use of the image of  the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as well as symbols and public titles by some traders, suppliers and malls on commercial goods. (Such as “Tamim Al Majd”, the Arabic for “Glorious Tamim”).

The Ministry explained that the use of a logo or trademark is restricted to lawful uses. The logo and symbol subject of the trademark should be held in high regard as a public symbol and slogan that should not be disrespected or undermined. It is therefore forbidden to use the logo and slogan in a disrespectful manner. The Ministry urged the public to respect the symbol and slogan as a public emblem that should not be disrespected or undermined.

The circular comes within the framework of the ministry’s efforts to ensure the compliance of suppliers with their obligations under Article 8 of Law No. 9 of 2002 regarding trademarks, trade data and names, geographical indicators, logos and industrial designs. The law prohibits the registration of a trademark if it is one of the State’s public titles, symbols and slogans. The circular also aims at ensuring the compliance of traders with their obligations under Article (14) of Law No. (7) of 2002 regarding the protection of copyright and related rights, which prohibits the depiction or drawing of official figures for commercial use.