Our journey began in the mid 1960’s when Dr. Saud Mohammed Ali Shawwaf founded his law office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and began to practice intellectual property law; taking part in the rapid development of that field as it kept pace with the growing economies of the Middle East and the interest of the international community to access these new markets. More than 40 years later, SMAS is a powerhouse of regional IP practitioners, with 19 offices from Morocco to Oman and 250 highly qualified employees on the ground to uphold the rights of our clients. We believe that our strength and the source of our success has been our investment in human resources and our adherence to the original vision of our founder.
  • Overcome new challenges in the field of intellectual property law.
  • Enable clients to extract the maximum value from their owned patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, designs, domain names and know-how.
  • Help clients manage their intellectual property portfolio effectively and efficiently.
  • Offer diversified services and a goal oriented approach.
  • Continue to solidify our reputation as a leading firm in the regional IP market.
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI).
  • Association for the Protection of Industrial Property in the Arab World (APPIMAF).
  • The Institute of Trade Mark Agents (ITMA).
  • Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada (IPIC).
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG).
  • Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG).
  • Moroccan Academy of Intellectual and Commercial Property (AMACPI).
Established in 1964, SMAS-IP is a specialized Intellectual Property firm with a rich history that dates back to more than 50 years. The firm dealt mainly with commercial law, petroleum affairs, litigation, banking and all other legal matters related to day to day business. As the economic trends changed in the MENA region and beyond, the firm shifted its focus to intellectual property which is a key driver of the modern economy. SMAS-IP is now an internationally renowned firm which draws its strength and success from its clients, qualified and experienced human resources, and the vision of the founders.

Why Choose Us

  • Expertise
  • Tailored services
  • Client centric approach

In pursuit of quality client service and results, the following Core Values are the fundamental principles that guide us in all our work:

  • Client Commitment – In-depth indulgence in our clients’ requirements and maximizing the value of our services to them.
  • Excellence – Persistently delivering outstanding results in our work.
  • Integrity – We honour our commitment to our clients with honesty.
  • Collaboration – We believe in diversity internally with our teams, clients and associates.

 SMAS-IP services and functions are tailor-made in line with our clients’ needs, global economic trends, and local regulations in order to deliver the quality that our clients deserve.

SMAS-IP operates directly in 17 countries in the MENA Region:



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