Kuwait follows the civil law system modeled after the French legal system, Kuwait's legal system is largely secular. Sharia law governs only family law for Muslim residents; non-Muslims in Kuwait have a secular family law. According to the United Nations, Kuwait's legal system is a mix of British common law, French civil law, Egyptian civil law and Islamic law.

Intellectual Property Laws:

  • Patent Law No. 71 of 2013 (2013)
  • Decree-Law No. 68 of 1980 (Trademarks), as amended by Decree-Law No. 10 of 1987 and Law No. 1 of 2001 (2001)
  • Law No. 4 of 1962 relating to Patents, Designs and Industrial Models as amended by Law No. 3 of 2001 (2001)
  • Law No. 64 of 1999 concerning Intellectual Property Rights including Explanatory Memorandum (1999)

Major Treaty Membership

  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (December 2, 2014)
  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (December 2, 2014)
  • Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (July 14, 1998)

Kuwait: Increase in the Official fees related to Trademarks

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Kuwait has issued a Decree published on December 27, 2015, (effective as of January 4, 2016), that official fees for the trademark related matters have increased for all trademark transactions in Kuwait. The Ministry also approved the New GCC Trademark Law & Implementing Regulations by Kuwait. The increase in the official fees shall be applicable with effect to all pending applications and new applications.


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