United Arab Emirates
Federal Law No. 8 for the year 2002 amended some articles of the Federal Law No. 37 for the year 1992.The United Arab Emirates have one common (Federal) Trademark Law which covers the seven emirates of Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al-Kaimah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al-Quwain. United Arab Emirates is a member of Paris Convention.Trademark protection is obtained by registration. It can also be acquired by sufficient public recognition.
Trademark registration classification:
- Full Name and address of the applicant.
- A power of attorney executed by the applicant duly notarized by the Notary Public and legalized up to the UAE consulate. The Power of Attorney should be submitted along with the trademark application.
- A list of goods/services to be covered by the application.
- Soft copy (electronic copy) of the mark to be registered.
- A certified copy of the priority application, if priority is claimed (claiming priority can be made only within 6 months from the first filing date in a member state under Paris Convention).
- The application is filed at the Trademark Office.
- 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 newspapers.
- 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.
- The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 12 to 15 months.
Duration and Renewal: A trademark registration is valid for 10 years as of the date of filing the application renewable for similar periods.