UAE has been an eye-catching option for capitalists to begin their new projects due to plentiful benefits that the country promises. The Constitution of UAE has approved federal laws which guard the Intellectual Property civil liberties in the realm. These regulations are allocated to be enforced by the titled Ministries according to its authority, where the patents, designs, copyrights and trademarks are held responsible by the Federal Ministry of Economy.
Intellectual Property denotes to the conceptions of the mind comprising of creations which can be literary or arty works, names and symbols or images used in business. Obtaining Intellectual Property Rights:
- Safeguards your patent and copyrights against breaches
- Guards your original creations
- Provides your business a competitive advantage in the global market
- Permits you to trade your products without the fear of infringement
Types of Intellectual Property
- Patent: A patent is the permitting of a property right by a sovereign authority to a discoverer. This allowance offers the creator exclusive privileges to the patented process, design or invention for a designated time frame
- Copyright: Copyright is a lawful term used to define the privileges that makers have over their literary and creative works. Works concealed by copyright are from books, music, paintings, sculpture and films, to computer programs, databases, maps, apps and technical sketches.
- Trade Mark: The trademarks are considered to protect brands, the name of the product related with the produce or facility is termed the trademark. A trademark is anything by which clients can recognize a manufactured goods, such as a name related with the product. Classically, that would be the words that you practice to mention to your product or service. When the brand or trademark is made up of words, we denote to this as a wordmark. The most common sorts of trademarks are wordmarks, logos, and slogans
Who can register an IP/Trademark?
According to Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks as amended (Arabic), the following persons can register their trademarks:
- The UAE citizens and natural and artificial persons practicing any commercial, industrial, professional or service business
- Foreigners and natural and artificial persons practicing any commercial, industrial, professional or service business
- Foreigners and natural and artificial persons practicing any commercial, industrial, professional or service business in any country on basis of reciprocity
- Other artificial persons
- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has formed many initiatives towards Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and established numerous steps towards the IPR execution and regulation through its implementation agencies. The country has comparatively new IP laws with well-established procedures and guidelines. Originally, applications were accepted by the UAE Patent Office, located in Abu Dhabi
The UAE is capitalizing heavily on its substructure to create a world-class atmosphere for invention and business development. It would be wise for those planning to register to study IP protection inside the country as a means for shielding their investments and growing their market share against their competitors.
This blog is written by Ms. Anushka Singh, Partner Relation Executive at Flyingcolour Business Setup, VAT and Accounting Services, Dubai. If you have any question regarding registering intellectual property in UAE then please contact us at +971 4 4542366 or email us at info[at]flyingcolour[dot]com.
Please Note: This article was published on 13th September,2020. The information provided in the article is based on the policies and rules applicable at the time of writing it. Talk to one of our consultants for any recent update or change.