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Trademarks

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of one enterprise from those of other enterprises. Trademarks are protected by intellectual property rights.

The United Arab Emirates Trademark Law:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since September 19, 1996. The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (10th edition) is followed in the UAE.

Federal Law No. 8 for the year 2002 amended some articles of the Federal Law No. 37 for the year 1992. The law covers the seven Emirates of Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al-Quwain. A separate application must be filed with respect to each class of goods or services.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years as of the date of filing the application renewable for similar periods. The renewal fees of a trademark registration can be paid during the final year of the protection period.
Use of a trademark is not compulsory for filing application for registration or for maintaining the registration in force. However, any interested party may request the court to cancel a trademark registration, if the owner fails to use such a trademark in the UAE for 5 consecutive years from the date of registration.

General Information:

How to use trademark and registered trademark symbols
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the ™ symbol and the ® symbol? If you are using them, are you using them correctly? Establishing a strong brand is crucial to your business succeeding. But above all, understanding how to protect your brand is essential in today’s competitive market.

Essentially a trademark is your brand. Registering your trademark gives you the right to protect the features that give your brand its unique identity. These features can include letters, numbers, words, phrases, sounds, smells, shapes and/or a logo. You are in a much stronger legal position to stop others from infringing your brand with similar goods or services if you have a registered trademark.

REQUIREMENTS

TRADE/SERVICE MARKS

Registration
1. A Power of Attorney, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul in the applicant’s home country. Download POA
2. Full name and address of the applicant.
3. Description of goods or services to be covered by the application.
4. Clear prints of the mark.
5. Meaning and translation of the mark, if any.
Notes: all documents must be submitted with the UAE TMO at the time of filing.

Renewal

1. A Power of Attorney, if not already filed, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

2. Copy of Registration Certificate.

Assignment

1. A Power of Attorney from the Assignee, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

2. A Deed of Assignment, signed by both parties, legalized up to the UAE Consul.

3. The original Certificate of Registration.

Change of Name and/or Address
1. A Power of Attorney in the new name and/or address, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

2. A Certificate of Change of Name, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

3. The original Certificate of Registration.

Licensing
1. A Power of Attorney from the licensee, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

2. A copy of the License Agreement, duly legalized up to the UAE Consul.

3. The original Certificate of Registration.

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