Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register and protect intellectual property in the UAE. You can register a trademark, copyright and patent through the ministry’s website
According to Federal Decree Law No. 36 of 2021 on Trademarks, a trademark is 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. The voice accompanying a trademark is considered a part of it.
Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register trademarks in the UAE. To register a trademark, customer can submit an online application via the ministry’s website. Registration documents include:
A copy of the commercial licence
Power of Attorney
Kindly read the user manual for trademarks on the website of Ministry of Economy.
Who can register a trademark?
According to the above law, the following persons can register their trademarks:
The UAE citizens and natural and artificial persons practising any commercial, industrial, professional or service business
Foreigners and natural and artificial persons practising any commercial, industrial, professional or service business
Foreigners and natural and artificial persons practising any commercial, industrial, professional or service business in any country on basis of reciprocity
Other artificial persons.
According to Federal Law No. 38 of 2021 on Copyrights and Neighboring Rights, an intellectual work is any original work in the areas of literature, arts or science, whatever its description, form of expression, significance or purpose. The following intellectual works are protected under copyrights law:
Books, booklets, articles and other literature
Computer software and applications, databases and similar works defined in a decision to be issued by the Minister of Economy
Lectures, speeches, sermons and other works of similar nature
Plays, musicals and pantomimes
Musicals accompanied by dialogues and musicals which are not accompanied by dialogue
Audio and video works or audio-visual works
Architectural work and architectural plans and drawings
Drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithography, screen printing, reliefs and intaglio prints and other similar works of fine art
Photographic work and the likes
Works of applied art and plastic art
Charts, maps, plans, 3-D modelling for geographical and topographical applications and architectural designs etc.
Derivative works, subject to the protection afforded to the work(s) upon which they are based. The protection shall extend to the title of the work, if created, as well as the creative concept devised for broadcast material.
Intellectual work registration
Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register intellectual works in the UAE. To register intellectual works, you can submit an online application via the ministry’s website.
Duration of protection
According to Article 20 of Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and related rights, the economic rights of the author under this Law shall be protected for the duration of his life plus 50 years starting from the first day of the calendar year following his death. Economic rights of applied art works expires after 25 years, which start from the first day of the calendar year following their first publication.
Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register trademarks in the UAE. To register a trademark, customer can submit an online application via the ministry's website.
The trademark registration fee in Dubai is AED 8,700 but does not include the cost of publishing! The trademark registration cost in the UAE is AED 8,700, along with an additional AED 1,000 for publishing the trademark in the official journal.
It is very hard to predict the time frame to obtain Trademark registration in UAE and international level, but in general in UAE it takes from 3 to 8 months from the filing date to be registered.
Once the Trademark registered the protection will be applied from the filing date of the application note from the registration date of the obtaining the Certificate of registration.
As per the UAE Trademark Law, the Trademark protection will be valid for 10 years from the date of filing.
No the protection will be limited to UAE Jurisdiction including seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um ElQuween, Ras AL Khaymah & Fujairah) .
Yes the Trademark protection in UAE will cover the seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um ElQuween, Ras AL Khaymah & Fujairah).
If the Trademark Owner did not use the Trademark for five consecutive years , his registration will be subject of cancellation form any third party.
All the regulation all over the world as well as UAE allow the Transfer of the Trademark registration to third, and the difference is only the procedures and the cost whiles it is required legalized Deed of Assignment as well as POA from the assignee, it is simpler in USA and EU trademark office and simply signed Deed of Assignment is enough .
There are several measures to enforce your rights against third party infringement and each emirates adopted several measures to protect the IP rights namely Trademarks. i.e. in Dubai the Trademark Owner has the options to file administrative case to Dubai Economic Department as well as to Dubai Police – Economic crimes as well file lawsuits at Dubai Courts .