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Intellectual Property in Dubai

Intellectual Property in Dubai

Updated on Monday 03rd April 2017

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Intellectual property rights in Dubai are protected through a series of international treaties and conventions. Dubai is one of the regions that take very seriously issues concerning intellectual property rights and privacy. Companies opened in Dubai can rely on intellectual property laws, in order to secure their trademarks, logos, inventions as well as any kind of original product such as artistic works, or industrial design. If you rely on one of our lawyers in Dubai, you will not have to go by yourself through the comprehensive legislation for breaches in intellectual property rights and infringement. Our law firm in Dubai can assist you in intellectual property protection matters and can help you and your company register any patents, trademarks or other intellectual works. 

Laws governing intellectual protection in Dubai

Dubai has entered international treaties for the protection of intellectual property and it is a member of international bodies like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations, as well as others.
Dubai has an extensive legal framework for the protection of intellectual rights, for local as well as for foreign investment, such as the federal law on combating commercial fraud or the federal law on infringement. Main intellectual property protection laws in the UAE and Dubai include the Federal Law on Trademarks and the Federal Law on the Protection of Intellectual Works and Copyright.
The Department of Economic Development in Dubai has created a special division, the Commercial Protection Division, entrusted with combating commercial fraud and trademark infringement and counterfeiting. A special Intellectual Property Protection Division also functions within this special commercial protection sector. 
Individuals who want to report a case of trademark infringement in Dubai can do so by filing a complaint regarding the case with the Commercial Protection Division. Depending on the gravity of the situation the case might be brought in court. The complaint letter is filed in Arabic and the individual must also provide clear evidence for the infringement or a list of the infringements as well as a copy of a valid trademark certificate.
Our lawyers in Dubai can help you refer to a specific law for the protection of intellectual property and take legal action if you have been a victim of infringement or fraud.

Trademark and copyright protection in Dubai

Whenever an original or innovating product is created by an individual or company, the Dubai legal framework provides rigorous regulations in order to protect intellectual property and acknowledge the merit of the creators. Depending on the type of innovative work there are several categories of documents which may certify the intellectual property acknowledged by the law. As such, patents in Dubai function as an official record of inventions or of any other type of tangible objects such as technological tools that show important traits of originality. Secondly, the copyrights refer to any kind of written original material as well as to products of artistic expression. Through copyright you may obtain international recognition of the authorship of books, articles but also of art works or music. Finally trademarks are a special category which allows a successful commercial identity to be protected against its unauthorized copying or reproduction.
Trademark registrations in Dubai have a validity period of ten years and the application can be renewed afterward for the same period. Our Dubai lawyers can tell you more about filing requirements when submitting an application for a trademark, service mark or collective mark. Certain fees are applicable for trademark registration and renewal. Illegal or unauthorized use of a trademark by a third party is punishable by law in Dubai.
Copyright in the UAE is protected by law and these types of works, that require protection, are submitted to the Ministry of Information and Culture. Authors of literary, artistic and scientific works can protect their creations. The protection lasts the lifetime of the author, plus 50 years after his death. Any unauthorized publication of an author’s work is punishable by imprisonment and hefty fines.
Patents, designs and domain names can also be protected in Dubai. If you want to know more about how you can protect any intellectual property in Dubai and what legal action you can take in case of unauthorized use, you may contact our law firm in Dubai.


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