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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates – Trademarks

From Filing to Registration: 10-12 months
Convention Priority: Yes
Classification of Goods/Service: International (10th Edition)
Multiple Class Applications: N/A
Procedure: Once the application is filed, it is queued to be examined as to the trademark registrability. Accepted applications by the Registrar are published in the Trademark Journal and two local Arabic newspaper. There is 30 days period for filing an opposition by any interested party. In absence of an opposition, the published trademark is registered, and the certificate of registration is issued.
Registration Validity: 10 years, renewable for other consecutive periods, each of which is 10 years.
Renewal Time: Application for Renewal should be submitted during the last year of the protection period. There is 3 months grace-period for late renewal upon payment of lateness fine. (Renewal is to be published in the Trademark Journal and in two local Arabic newspapers).
Trade/Service mark Use: Not pre-requisite for registration. However, a trademark is vulnerable for cancellation by any interested party, who may prove that the trademark was not actually used for five consecutive years.

 


Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Applications
1. Power of Attorney duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
2. 20 Prints of the trademark.
3. Certified copy of the priority document, if priority is to be claimed.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Registrations
1. Power of Attorney, duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2. Copy of the Certificate of Registration.

Assignment Applications
1. Power of Attorney by the Assignee, duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2. Deed of Assignment, signed by both parties, notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
3. Copy of the Certificate of Registration of the mark.

Change of Name/Address Applications
1. Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2. Certificate of change of name /address, duly legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
3. Copy of the Certificate of Registration of the mark.

Registered User/License Applications
1. Power of Attorney by the Licensee duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2. License Agreement, signed by both parties, notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
3. Copy of the Certificate of Registration of the mark.

United Arab Emirates – Patents

Patent Protection Period: 20 years
Annuity Payments: Required one year upon the filing date, and can be paid any time before due date. annuities can still be paid during the three months after the due date without late payment fee and another 3 months with a late payment fee (total grace period is six months).
From Filing to Grant: 4-5 years
Convention Priority: Yes
Novelty: Absolute
Filing Language: Specifications, claims, abstract, drawings and related documents should be translated into Arabic if they are in English and into English and Arabic if they are in a third language.
Procedure: Once the patent application is filed, it is queued to be examined by UAE Patent Office with respect to compliance with formalities. If accepted, the applicant or agent is notified to settle the fees of substantive examination. Upon settlement, the application is forwarded to the Austrian Patent Office for substantive examination. Upon acceptance, the application will be published in the Official Gazette. There is 60 days period for any interested party’s opposition. In absence of any opposition, the letters patent is issued.
PCT: UAE is contracting state of PCT
Time Limit for Entering PCT National Phase: 30 months
Annuity payment for PCT National Phase Applications: Annuities are due within 6 months from the date of entering National phase retroactive from the international filing dated. Failing to do so the application will be cancelled.
Filing Requirements for Patent Application:
1- Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2- Extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association, if the applicant is company, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3- One copy of the specification, claims and drawings (if any) relating to the invention.
4- Deed of assignment signed by the inventor, notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates, if the applicant is not the inventor.
5- A certified copy of the application giving the filing date, number and country if the application is to be filed with a priority claim.
Please note that the documents in item (3) should be submitted to the patent office with the application, while documents in items (1, 2, 4 and 5) can be submitted within 90 days from the filing date of the Patent Application.

Filing Requirements for PCT National Phase Patent Applications:
1- Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
2- Deed of Assignment from the inventor(s) to the applicant, duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3- Extract from the Commercial Registry OR Deed of Incorporation of the applicant (if the applicant is not a company or body corporate), duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
4- Copy of the PCT publication along with examination, search reports, publication, etc.
5- One copy of the specification, claims and drawings (if any) relating to the invention (as published in the PCT Gazette).
* Items from 1 to 3 above can be submitted to the Patent Office within 90 days upon filing the patent application, while items 4 and 5 should accompany the patent application.

Requirements for Assignment Applications
1- Power of Attorney by the Assignee, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates
2- Deed of Assignment, signed by both parties, notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3- Extract of the entry of the Assignee in the Commercial Register, or copy of the memorandum of association, if the Assignee is a company or body corporate, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

Requirements for Change of Name/Address:
1- Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
2- Certificate proving the change of name/address issued by the local competent authority in the applicant’s domicile, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

Requirements for License/Registered User Agreements:
1. Power of attorney executed by the licensee, duly legalized up the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates
2. License Agreement executed by both parties, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3. Extract of the entry of the Licensee in the Commercial Register, or legalized copy of the memorandum of association, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

United Arab Emirates – Designs

Design Protection Period: 10 years from filing date.
Annuity Payments: A maintenance fee is due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.
From Filing to Grant:
Convention Priority: Yes
Novelty: Absolute
Filing Language: All related documents should be translated into Arabic if they are in English and into English and Arabic if they are in a third language.
Procedure: Once the Design application is filed, it is queued to be examined with respect to compliance with provision of the Patent and Industrial Designs Law. Upon acceptance, the application will be published in the Official Gazette. There is 60 days period for any interested party’s opposition. In absence of any opposition, the certificate of registration is issued.

Filing Requirements for Design Application:
1- Power of Attorney duly legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
2- Extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association, if the applicant is a company or body corporate, duly legalized up to the Consulate of United Arab Emirates.
3- Two copies of the model or design, if it is two-dimensional, or two copies of each view thereof, if it is three-dimensional.
4- Deed of assignment signed by the inventor, if the applicant is not the inventor, duly notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
5- A certified copy of the priority document, if priority is to be claimed.
* Documents in item (3) should be submitted to the Patent Office with the application, while documents in items (1, 2, 4 & 5) can be submitted upon filing the application.

Requirements for Assignment Applications
1- Power of Attorney by the Assignee, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates
2- Deed of Assignment, signed by both parties, notarized and legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3- Extract of the entry of the Assignee in the Commercial Register, or copy of the memorandum of association, if the Assignee is a company or body corporate, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

Requirements for Change of Name/Address:
1- Power of Attorney in the new name/address duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
2- Certificate proving the change of name/address issued by the local competent authority in the applicant’s domicile, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

Requirements for License/Registered User Agreements:
1. Power of attorney executed by the licensee, duly legalized up the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates
2. License Agreement executed by both parties, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.
3. Extract of the entry of the Licensee in the Commercial Register, or legalized copy of the memorandum of association, duly legalized up to the Consulate of the United Arab Emirates.

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