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Obtaining a trademark is essential for entities as it helps them in creating a separate brand value for their business. UAE provides trademark registration service for signatures, titles, engravings, paintings, posters, labels, characters etc. Trademark registration, though not mandatory, gives the brand legal protection from competitors or other entities. This piece of writing aims to elucidate the trademark registration process in the UAE, including steps and the renewal process.
The following things cannot be trademarked in UAE:
The following documents are required for the registration of a trademark in the UAE:
The documents to be submitted in UAE for registration purposes must be submitted in both English and Arabic.
The following entities are eligible for trademark registration in UAE:
The following procedure should be followed for the registration of a trademark in the UAE:
As mentioned before, the Ministry of Economy regulates issuing of trademarks in the UAE. Therefore, the applicant must submit the application form for trademark registration with the Ministry of Economy’s website.
On submission of the application form, the request is transferred to the concerned department, and the applicant is notified of the decision within 30 days from submitting the application.
Once the concerned department has accepted the application, the applicant publishes an announcement in at least two local Arabic newspapers for at least one day. The applicant himself shall bear the expense of such publication.
Soon after publication in the newspapers, a publication is also made in the trademark bulletin, which is issued at the end of every month.
The authority provides a window of 30 days for filing any objection related to the advertised trademark. The concerned individual can object to the design or any other aspect of the trademark submitted for registration.
The trademark can be registered within 30 days once the objection period has lapsed. After the objection period offered by the authority is lapsed, the trademark is registered within 30 days by the authority.
Fees to be paid in case of delay in payment of trademark publication: the minimum late fee that can be levied is AED 100, and the maximum fee is AED 1000 annually.
Fees to be paid in case of delay in payment of trademark registration fee: the minimum late fee that can be levied is AED 1000 and the maximum fee is AED 10000 annually.
The turnaround time for registering a Trademark in the UAE is 4-6 months from filing to obtaining registration.
A trademark registered in UAE is valid for 10 years from the date of registration. On the expiry of the validity period, the trademark must be renewed to enjoy legal protection. It is essential to note that trademark protection is available only in the seven emirates UAE and is not valid elsewhere.
The Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates, is the authority that has the power to register, renew, and reject trademarks in the United Arab Emirates.
It must be noted that the abovementioned fee is with respect to registration in one class of registration only, and for further registration in multiple classes, the fee increases accordingly.
The fee for trademark registration renewal in the UAE is AED 5750. The documents required for the renewal of trademark registration are the same as mentioned above. The authority provides 3 months to the entities to file for renewal, afterwards, a late feed is levied on the trademark owners.
The process of renewal of trademark in UAE is as follows:
The trademark registration in UAE can be obtained for goods in classes from 1-34 and services in classes from 35-45 according to the NICE classification. The applicant should be careful with the local laws and classification before making the application; otherwise, the application fee will be forfeited if the applicant files improperly. To know more about the intricacies related to the protection of your intellectual property in UAE, ask for consultation offered by UAE IP experts at Enterslice.
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