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.
According to Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks as amended (Arabic), the following persons can register their trademarks:
For obtainment of the filing date, the UAE trademark application must contain:
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Document and its Arabic and English translations should be filed with the application (late submission of documents is no longer applicable as per the UAE Trademark Office new practice).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.
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.