Registration of Family Names as Trade Name
A trade name is the name used by a trader, whether an individual or a corporation, to distinguish the trader’s own business from the trader’s counterparts. The trade name is an important corporate component for the trade store and is essential for each trade enterprise.
A trade name differs from a trademark which is used to distinguish the products and goods from others in the marketplace. Saudi law requires each trader to adopt a trade name in order to distinguish his business from others which must comply with the basics defined by the law.
In this regard, we would like to point out Resolution 17729 passed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, which gives no authorization for registration of a family name as a trade name unless the name is completely registered as it is in the civil record (the national identity). The Resolution also gives no authorization for registration of a family name as a trademark unless the holder of such name from the family gives his prior approval for such use.
 Dr. Mustafa Kamel Taha, Wael Anwar Bondoq, Commercial Law Basis, Dar Al-Fiker Al-Jamee, Alexandria, page 745
 Dr. Sameha Al-Kalyoubi, Al-Wasset Egyptian Commercial Law Explanation, Dar Al-Nahdah Arabia, 2015, page 315
 Dr. Mustafa Kamel Taha, Wael Anwar Bondoq, the above reference page 745