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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Intellectual property (IP) refers to mental creations such as inventions, literary and inventive works, designs, and symbols, names, and images utilised in commercial.     Intellectual property categorized into two groups:

  1. Copyrights
  2. Industrial property

In the UAE, artists of the creative works can protect their intellectual property through copyrights, trademarks, and patents.



The first of its type in the Middle East. Its significance relates to the fact that it is a federal law enforcement body, enforcing laws such as IPR protection and guarding the 21 key land, sea, and air entrance and departure points.

The IPR Department began operations on June 30, 2005, as a result of a decision made by the Director of Dubai Customs. The IPR Department is located in the main building of the DC.

It was founded as an independently administrative unit in DC to keep updated with state policy and to represent DC’s strong committed to protecting intellectual and industrial property rights in accordance with international agreements and treaties, such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. Property Rights (TRIPS) and the GCC States’ Common Customs Law



The IPR Department is in charge of the following tasks:

  • Implement federal and local commitments and legislation addressing intellectual property rights.
  • Keep up to date on legislation, resolutions, and treaties, as well as international trademark category and every other change in the global arena.
  • Create a database comprising registered trademark facts that have been recorded for customs protection and security and keep the database up to date with the latest steps being taken by manufacturers to differentiate between original and counterfeit objects.
  • In coordination with the relevant agencies, provide expert opinion and promote customs cases by presenting reports indicating the occurrence of counterfeiting.
  • Guide and regulate knowledge and education of IPR protection among customs inspectors in particular and consumers in general.


The UAE is a member of the top international organization dealing in intellectual property rights protection. The UAE, in particular, is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Furthermore, it is a contracting party to the many intellectual property agreements, including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (“Paris Convention”), the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”), the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (“Berne Convention”), the Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms, and Broadcasting Organizations, the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, and the WIPO World Copyright Treaty. 

The United Arab Emirates has adopted a variety of intellectual property laws governing patents, trademarks, and copyrights. The UAE has enacted a number of intellectual property laws regulating patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Notably, patents in the UAE can be guarded by either registering the patent with the UAE patent office or filing a patent application with the Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office. The United Arab Emirates has wide patent coverage, including equipment, manufacturing methods, chemical compounds, and pharmacological formulations. Furthermore, since it is a member of the Paris Convention, an inventor or owner of other forms of industrial property may claim convention primacy.

The UAE’s intellectual property legislation include the Patents and Industrial Design Law number 44 of 1992, the Trademarks Law number 37 of 1992, and the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law number 40 of 1992.

Federal Law Number 44, enacted in 1992, dealing to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings, and Designs, was repealed in 2002 by Federal Law Number 17, which was then revised by Federal Law Number 31 in 2006. (The Law). According to the law, the Ministry grants patents to any novel invention that emerges from an inventive idea or step, provided that such notion is of industrial use. The patents law of UAE provides that a patent is valid for a term of 20 years.

Trademarks in the United Arab Emirates are controlled and protected in accord with Federal Law Number 19 for the year 2000 and Federal Law Number 8 for the year 2002, which incorporate international agreements’ criteria.


  1. Application for Registration of Trademark
  2. Publication in Trademark Journal: The Registrar publishes accepted applications in the Trademark Journal and two local Arabic newspapers.
  3. Opposition by Interested Parties: Any interested party may file an opposition within 30 days. The Registrar’s judgement on such claim may be appealed to the Trademark Office’s Committee, and the Committee’s decision may be appealed to the relevant court. In the absence of an opposition, the published trademark is registered, and the registration certificate is issued.


NOTE: The trademark registration process in the United Arab Emirates usually takes 4-5 months.


Legallands LLP provides the most accomplished Intellectual Property services to Individuals and Companies. We also assist in checking compliances and requirements with the authorities for the IPRs and obtainment of the same anywhere in the world.

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