Global Intellectual Property Center

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Primary Sources

  • Anti-Commercial Fraud Law of 2008 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19 of 23/4/1429H (April 29, 2008))
  • Anti-Concealment Law of 2004 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/22 of 04/05/1425H (June 21, 2004))
  • Anti-Cyber crime Law of 2007 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/17 in 8 Rabi’I 1428 (March 26, 2007))
  • Commercial Agencies Law of 1962 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/11 of 20/2/1962 (22 July 1962))
  • Commercial Names Law of 1999 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/15, 12 Sha’ban 1420 (November 20, 1999)
  • Commercial Register Law of 1995 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/1 dated 21/02/1416 (July 7, 1995))
  • Competition Law of 2004 (promulgated by Royal Decree No.M/25 of 04/05/1425H (June 22, 2004)
  • Copyright Law of 2003 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/41 of 2 Rajab, 1424 (August 30th,2003))
  • E-Government Implementing Regulations (2006)
  • Electronic Transactions Protection Law of 2007 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/8 of 8 Rabi’ I 1428H (March 26, 2007)
  • Implementing Regulation of the Anti-Concealment Law (2005)
  • Implementing Regulations of Commercial Register Law and Ministerial Resolution on the Development of the Registration Procedures (1996)
  • Implementing Regulations of Copyright Law (2005)
  • Implementing Regulations of the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law (2009)
  • Implementing Regulations of the Commercial Agencies Law (1981)
  • Implementing Regulations of the Competition Law (2008)
  • Implementing regulations of the Law of Commercial Data (2002)
  • Implementing Regulations of the Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs (2004)
  • Implementing Regulations of Trademarks Law, 2002 (2002)
  • Law of Arbitration of 2012 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/34 dated 24/5/1433H (April 16, 2012)
  • Law of Commercial Data of 2002 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/15 14/04/1423 (June 24, 2002))
  • Law of Criminal Procedure of 2001 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/39 of 28 Rajab 1422 (16 October 2001))
  • Law of Judiciary of 2007 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/78 on 19 Ramadan 1428H (October 1st, 2007))
  • Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs of 2004 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/27 of 29/5/1425H (July 17, 2004))
  • Law of Printed Materials and Publication of 2000 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/32 dated 03/09/1421H (November 29, 2000)
  • Law of the Board of Grievances of 2008 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/78 of 18 Ramadan 1428H (October 1st, 2007))
  • Law of Trademarks of 2002 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/21 of 28 Jumada I 1423 (August 7, 2002))
  • Law on Pharmaceutical Installations and Products of 2004 (promulgated by Royal Decree No.M/31 of 01/06/1425 (June 18, 2004))
  • Penal Law on Dissemination and Disclosure of Classified Information and Documents of 2011 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/35 of 8/5/1432H (April 12, 2011)
  • Procedural Rules before the Board of Grievances (1989)
  • Regulations for the Protection of Confidential Commercial Information (2005)
  • Regulations of Border Procedures for Protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Trademarks and Copyrights (2004)
  • Regulations of Commercial Names Law (2000)
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  • The Law of Commercial Courts of 1970 (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/2 du 15/1/1390H (March 23, 1970))

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