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Trademark Registration in UAE
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2. Preparation for registration
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3. Receive your trademark
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To start your application, our simple form requires the following information:
- Name of the owner of trademark
- Copy of trade license of the owner
- Copy of the trademark and brief details of relevant products/services
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Trademark Registration in UAE
UAE Trademark Laws
Trademarks are names, logos, or short slogans that help distinguish a ‘good’ or ‘service’ from other goods and services in a particular geographic area. The Federal Laws of the United Arab Emirates provide protection for registered trademarks. The laws intend to safeguard the interests of both businesses and consumers in the country. The UAE Trademarks Laws cover the following main areas:
- Definition of trademarks
- Signs that can and cannot be registered as trademarks
- Registration and cancellation procedures for trademarks
- Transfer of ownership of trademarks
- Licensing others to use trademarks
- Penalties for trademark law infringement and general and transitory provisions.
Requirements for Trademark Registration in UAE
The Ministry of Economy is responsible for registration of trademarks in the UAE. Anyone aiming to use trademarks to distinguish goods, products or services from others can apply for registration in accordance with the trademark laws. The documents required for filing an application for trademark registration in the UAE are:
- Soft copy of your trademarks image in black and white and Digital Copy of the logos in jpeg format.
- Description of goods/services.
- Power of attorney for filing the application.
- Copy of the applicant’s certificate of incorporation (for corporate entities only).
- Certificates of Trademark registration if registered in any other countries.
- Legal translation for the wording which might be included in your trademark. We require translation from your language of origin to English and Arabic. The translation from English to Arabic can be arranged by Legal Inz.
- The required fees.
The international classification of goods and services which consist of 45 classes has been adopted in the United Arab Emirates (the exceptions are classes 32 and 33). The trademark protection cannot be achieved for alcoholic beverages). A separate application is required to be filed for each class of trademark. It may be possible to protect similar trademarks with the main trademark (as associated trademarks for the same owner). This may be possible where the main elements are similar and the differences irrelevant.
Process of Trademark Registration in UAE
Legal Inz aims for transparency in its services, so clients know how we deliver results. If you want to know how to register a trademark in UAE, the application process includes the following steps:
- The application for registration of the trademark is filed at the Ministry of Economy.
- The Ministry of Economy gives its decision on the application within 30 days from the date of submission.
- If the Ministry of Economy approves a trade mark, it shall be announced in its bulletin and two Arabic newspapers before the registration at the expense of the applicant.
- Any interested person can file an objection to the registration of the trademark by submitting a written objection to the Ministry of Economy within 30 days from the date of the last announcement. If anyone files an objection, the Ministry of Economy notifies the applicant with a copy of objection to his application within 15 days from the receipt of such an objection.
- If there is no objection raised, the registration is finalised. Upon registration, the trademark owner is given a certificate containing:
- registration number of the trademark in the UAE;
- date of application and registration;
- trade name or the owner’s name, nationality and place of residence
- copy of the trademark; and
- description of the products, goods or services that come under the trademark.
The estimated timeframe for the registration of a trademark in the UAE is between 4 to 6 months. The actual timeframe will depend upon the facts of each application for registration.
Duration of registered trademarks in UAE
Registered trademarks in the United Arab Emirates are valid for 10 years and starts with filing date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years. Legal Inz can also automatically provide you with reminders and keep you up to date of your status after you file your trademark application.
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The Ultimate Guide for Registering Your Trademark in the UAE
Trademark registration is a legal process that is required for a business establishment to distinguish their brand and trade names. A trademark is multifaceted as it encompasses all the elements with respect to the brand, namely, brand name, logos, designs, tag lines, symbols, word names, slogans, signatures, figures, and seals. A trademark is typically registered with a designated government body of the respective country. In the UAE, trademarks are registered with the Ministry of Economy.
A trademark can be registered in two different ways. You can either register the trademark under a company name or in your personal name. Despite the relatively simple steps involved in registering a trademark, it is estimated that the entire process will take up to four to six (4-6) months since it involves various approvals to be obtained from the Ministry of Economy in the UAE.
Here are the four (4) simple steps that can guide you on registering a trademark for yourself or for your business establishment in the UAE.
Step 1: Trademark Search
To begin with, you will have to search for the availability of the name you wish to register as a trademark under a specific class. The trademark search will only take one (1) working day to complete. This preliminary search is conducted in the database of the Ministry of Economy to ensure the availability of the trademark.
The next step will vary depending upon the availability of the trademark during the initial search. If the proposed trademark is unavailable, it can be ascertained that another entity has registered the trademark prior to your search. The remedy in such a scenario would be to add an element to your proposed trademark such as a tag line or additional colors on the logo before conducting a search again. Upon finding that the trademark is available, you can advance to the next step.
Step 2: Trademark Filing
Now that you have discovered that the trademark is available, you will be able to proceed directly to file the application. To file for the trademark, you will need to submit a few documents such as a notarized or a legalized Power of Attorney, a valid license of your company, a photocopy of the authorized signatory’s passport, and the logo or word mark of the trademark. Upon filing the application and the submission of the relevant documents, the Ministry of Economy will issue a provisionary registration number to notify that your filing is under process. The approval by the Ministry of Economy for the final registration number will approximately take two (2) months from the date of filing.
Step 3: Trademark Publication
Once the approval from the Ministry of Economy has been obtained, the next step would be the publication of the trademark in relevant platforms. This includes a Gazette publication, which is an official periodic publication issued by the government through the Supreme Legislation Committee, and a newspaper publication, which has to be done in two (2) different Arabic newspapers. The publication has to be made for a period of sixty (60) continuous calendar days.
Step 4: Final Registration
Upon the completion of the publication period, the final step involves payment of a government fee to the Ministry of Economy. Upon making the payment, the Ministry of Economy will issue a trademark certificate to notify that your trademark has been successfully registered in the UAE. The certificate will be issued within three to four (3-4) working days after the government fee has been paid.
The above-mentioned steps do not include any objections that anyone may have on your proposed trademark. To ensure that you receive seamless service from start to finish, you can employ a law firm such as Legal Inz to cross any hurdles that you may face along the way. The entire process for the registration of a trademark may seem protracted, but it is well worth the wait as the validity of a trademark extends to a period of ten (10) years.
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|Trademark search and registration||AED 3,999||Apply Now|
|Government Fee/Expenses||Fee||Payment Time|
|Trademark search fee||AED 353||Advance|
|Filing fee||AED 753||Before filing|
|Publication in the trademark journal||AED 753||Before publication|
|Publications in two Arabic newspapers||AED 1,500||Before publication|
|Registration fees||AED 5,003||At final stage|
Note: The above fee and costs are for application in one class only. The above professional fees, government fee and expenses do not include any legal defenses to any objections or oppositions. The government fee may be subject to change without notice. The above fee and expenses also do not cover any notarization, legalization and attestation cost related to a Power of Attorney to be issued in the UAE or outside for the application.
What is a trademark?
A trademark is typically a brand name that is used in a business as an identification sign to distinguish the goods or services from other companies. A trademark could be a name, sign, picture, signature, colour, word, shape or combination of any of these.
What are the benefits of trademark registration?
You will enjoy the following main benefits by registering your trademark:
- Protect your brand by restricting the use of your mark by others
- Capture maximum value of your business
- Use the registered mark as a marketing tool and grow your brand
- Sue someone who copies your trademark
What is a trademark class system?
Trademarks are registered under a ‘class’ system in the UAE. Each trademark class covers different products and services. There are 45 international classes and it is possible to register trademarks in 44 classes in the UAE. A separate application is required for registration of trademark in each class. It may be costly and unnecessary for you to register your trademark in classes that are not relevant to your goods or services. Thus, choosing the correct class is critical for necessary protection and avoiding unnecessary costs. Legal Inz takes this responsibility when filing your application.
Difference between a trademark and other intellectual property
A trademark is only one form of intellectual property and is typically associated with the logos and brand names. The other forms of intellectual property that can be protected by companies are:
- Patents: These are used for new technology, inventions, ideas, processes and methods
- Copyrights: These are used for literary, artistic, dramatic works, musical works or computer software
- Industrial designs: These are used for shapes, patterns or ornamentation applied to an industrially produced objects
Frequently Asked Questions
Trademark search at the Trademark Registry helps you find out whether anyone else has prior rights to your proposed trademark. This essentially helps you determine if your application will have chances for success. This step is highly recommended before any trademark application is filed in the UAE.
A trademark registration in the United Arab Emirates is valid for 10 years. The registration is renewable for further periods of 10 years each.
Any distinguished form of names, words, signatures, letters, figures, graphics, logos, titles, hallmarks, seals, pictures, patterns, announcements, packs or any other marks or group of marks if they were used or intended to be used either to distinguish goods, products or services from whatever sources or to indicate that certain services, goods or products belong to the owner of the trademark because of their provision, manufacturing, selection or trading.
A patent protects new inventions, ideas and covers the processes and methods used in creating such inventions. The owner of a patent has protection under the law. Registration of a patent provides the owner necessary protection from use or exploitation by others.
A copyright is a protection given by law to the authors, creators, and writers for their work, including dramatic, musical, artistic, literary and other intellectual work.
Typically, you would not be able to register a proper name such as yours, as a trademark. The only exceptions may be if you can show that your name has become identified in the minds of public with your specific goods and/or services.
There is no one system of global trademark registration. Hence, applications are required to be filed separately for each jurisdiction, save in cases where some countries allow for one application through a treaty. An example is Madrid Protocol which covers multiple jurisdictions. UAE is not a party to the Madrid Protocol.
A registration of a trademark can be challenged by a third party who may claim prior rights to the trademark. Typically, this happens at the time of publication of the trademark in Trademark Journal and local newspapers as part of the registration process. In case of a challenge, necessary process is required to be followed before an application can be finally successful.
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