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What type of trademark is not registrable?

The following are not registrable as trademarks:

  • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
  • generic terms
  • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions, or of international organizations (except with permission)
  • marks that conflict with Islamic principles or Shari'ah law
  • marks devoid of any distinguishing characteristic or feature
  • marks that function principally as geographic location names
  • symbols of the Red Crescent or the Red Cross and other similar symbols
  • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions, or of organizations/institutions except with its/their permission
  • marks representing or resembling symbols of a religious form
  • names, titles, portraits or emblems of another person, except with the prior consent of himself/his heirs
  • marks consisting of geographical names
  • marks that may mislead the public or that include false information
  • information relating to a rank of honour for which the applicant for registration cannot prove his eligibility
  • marks that are considered to be not more than translations of a famous mark or another previously registered mark
  • marks comprising local or foreign medals, coins or currency
  • marks the registration of which for certain categories of products or services will result in a reduction of the value of other products or services that are distinguished by this mark
  • marks owned by natural or corporate persons with whom business dealings are prohibited
  • marks that comprise the following words or terms:
    • “franchise”
    • “franchise holder”
    • “registered”
    • “registered design”
    • “copyright”
    • “imitation will be considered as a forgery”
    • or any similar words or terms

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