Trademark in UAE

The United Arab Emirates protects the trademark in accordance with Federal Law No. 37 of 1992. The law identifies Trademarks as 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.

Who Can Register A Trademark?

According to Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks as amended (Arabic), 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.
Documents Required

For obtainment of the filing date, the UAE trademark application must contain:

  • a request for TM registration;
  • information about the applicant;
  • list of goods/services for which the registration is sought;
  • a soft copy of a trademark image.

A certified copy of the Priority Document and its Arabic and English translations should be filed with the application (late submission of documents is no longer applicable as per the UAE Trademark Office new practice).

An original Power of Attorney may be provided within 30 days from the filing date. Legalisation up to the UAE Consulate is required. Local legalisation by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also required which will be handled by the local agent.

Publication and Objection of Trademark
  • Should the Ministry accept a trade mark, it shall, prior to its registration, announce it in the Bulletin and two Arabic dailies published at the cost of the registration applicant.
  • Any concerned person may object to the registration of a mark. Such objection shall be submitted to the Ministry in writing or dispatched thereto by registered or electronic mail within (30) days from the date of the last advertisement. The Ministry shall notify the registration applicant with a copy of the objection to his request within (15) days from receipt of such request.
  • The registration applicant shall reply to the objection in writing within (30) days of notification. If such reply is not submitted within the said delay, the applicant is deemed to have assigned his request.
  • The applicant shall submit to the Ministry a written reply to such objection within (30) days from being notified thereof; if such reply does not reach within such period, the applicant shall be deemed as having waived his request
Registration of Trademark
  • Registration number of the mark.
  • Date of submission of application and date of registration.
  • Trade name or name, nationality and domicile of the mark owner.
  • Duplicate of the mark.
  • Description of the products, goods or services for which the mark is designated and their category.
  • Number and date of the international priority right and name of the State Member in Paris Convention for the Protection of the Industrial Property, where the priority right application has been lodged.
Official Fees

The Official fees for registration of Trademark is AED 750. The publication fees for the Trademark is AED 750. The registration fees for the Trademark is AED 5000. The Renewal fees for the trademark is AED 5750.

After the registration period ends, delay fines are imposed as follows:

Fees for delayed payment of trademark publication fees: AED 100, at a maximum of AED 1000 annually; with part of a month being calculated in full.

Fees for delayed payment of trademark registration fees: AED 1000, at a maximum of AED 10000 annually; with part of a month being calculated in full.

Term and Renewal of Trademark
  • The period of protection resulting from the registration of a trade mark shall be (10) years. The mark owner may secure the continuance of such protection for successive periods of (10) years each if he applies for renewal of such mark's registration within the last year of the valid protection period according to the terms and conditions provided for in this Law and its Executive Regulations.
  • The renewal of the mark registration shall be affected without any further inspection and without allowing third parties to object to such renewal. The renewal shall be announced in the Bulletin and (2) Arabic dailies published in the State at the mark owner's cost.
  • In case of applying for renewal of the mark registration, no change, deletion or addition may be made to any products or services on the list of products or services for which the mark has been registered.
  • The Ministry shall, during the month following the expiry of the protection period, notify the mark owner in writing on his address recorded in the register of the expiry of its protection period. If a mark owner does not apply for renewal within the (3) months following the expiry of the protection period, the Ministry shall of its own motion strike the mark off the register.