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Frequently Asked Questions

Any distinguished form of names, words, signatures, letters, figures, graphics, logos, titles, hallmarks, seals, pictures, patterns, announcements, packs or any other marks or group of marks if they were used or intended to be used either to distinguish goods, products or services from whatever sources or to indicate that certain services, goods or products belong to the owner of the trademark because of their provision, manufacturing, selection or trading.

The Trade License is a certificate/document which grants the permission to carry on a particular trade or business for which it is issued. It does not confirm the ownership of property or permission for any other activity other than for which it is issued.
Trade License prevents you from being penalized. Carrying out business without procuring a trade license is an offense
Having a strong brand provides a way for your customers to identify your business and to refer your products or services to others. A strong brand is valuable. Like any valuable asset, a brand should be protected. Failure to protect your Brand may reduce its value and could damage your business’ reputation. But having a trade license doesn’t mean that your Brand is protected.
Brand protection means keeping a company’s intellectual property secure against infringements, copyright pirates, and counterfeit.
It translates to safeguarding a company brand’s image, reputation, and value while also avoiding loss of revenue.

Trademark search at the Trademark Registry helps you find out whether anyone else has prior rights to your proposed trademark. This essentially helps you determine if your application will have chances for success. This step is highly recommended before any trademark application is filed in the UAE.

A trademark registration in the United Arab Emirates is valid for 10 years. The registration is renewable for further periods of 10 years each.

A patent protects new inventions, ideas and covers the processes and methods used in creating such inventions. The owner of a patent has protection under the law. Registration of a patent provides the owner necessary protection from use or exploitation by others.

A copyright is a protection given by law to the authors, creators, and writers for their work, including dramatic, musical, artistic, literary and other intellectual work.

Typically, you would not be able to register a proper name such as yours, as a trademark. The only exceptions may be if you can show that your name has become identified in the minds of public with your specific goods and/or services.
As an owner of trademark (according to United Arab Emirates Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 On Trademarks) could be registered only legal entities (companies and organizations).

Copyright ownership may belong to:

  • Private individuals;
  • Legal entities or companies;
  • Private individuals and legal entities (simultaneously partially ownership).

The Author should be the person and the rightsholder might be a person or a group of people or company.

Having a company in copyright registration is not mandatory.

Before seeking international trademark protection, first you should register your trademark in the UAE (local authority). You can do this through the Ministry of the Economy of the UEA Patent and Trademark Office or you can visit our “UAE LEGAL BUREAU” Office.

Yes, there is a possibility to register – but the price will be too high, according to the Madrid Protocol.

The official fees should be paid separately for each state in which the registration of a trademark is supposed.

And in case of provisional refusal in TM registration from any country – it’s mandatory for the applicant to attract a local patent attorney for preparation and submission of the answer.

So according to the Madrid Protocol following fees should be paid:

  • the initial fee for WIPO services as an intermediary
  • fees for registration in selected countries
  • fees for local attorneys in case of provisional refusal from local patent offices (like Ministry of Economy in UAE)

The best way to start with local registration and then to apply in each and every country separate.

A registration of a trademark can be challenged by a third party who may claim prior rights to the trademark. Typically, this happens at the time of publication of the trademark in Trademark Journal and local newspapers as part of the registration process. In case of a challenge, necessary process is required to be followed before an application can be finally successful.

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