What is a trademark?
A trademark is a distinctive sign that identifies certain goods or services. A trademark differentiates the goods or services of one enterprise from the goods and services of other enterprises.
A trademark is an exclusive right and rewards its owner with recognition and financial profit by authorizing others to use this specific trademark (licensing) in return for payment. But most importantly, a registered trademark hinders unfair competitors, such as counterfeiters, to use similar signs for similar goods and services.
What is the trademark registration process?
Trademarks in the UAE are regulated by the UAE Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 (UAE Trademark Law). As per Article 2 of the UAE Trademark Law, a trademark shall be considered as everything having a distinctive form used to distinguish goods or services, or to indicate the ownership such as: names, words, signatures, letters, figures, drawings, logos, pictures etc.
The Ministry of Economy is responsible for trademark registration in the UAE. Therefore, a trademark application needs to be filled out in Arabic. All documents submitted to the Registrar must be translated into Arabic.
If the Registrar accepts the application, it will be published in the Trademark Journal and two daily Arabic newspapers. Any interested party can file a notice of opposition against the trademark registration within 30 days from the date of publication. In case no opposition is lodged within the timeframe given, a trademark is registered, and a certificate of registration is issued. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years and can be renewed.
What are the required documents for a trademark registration in the UAE?
In the UAE, only Registered Agents can register trademarks at the Ministry of Economy. To successfully register a trademark, the following documents will be needed:
• A Power of Attorney (POA) in favor of the Registered Agent
• A passport copy of the trademark owner
• A copy of the trade license, MOA and COI, if the trademark owner is a company
• A list of goods or services the trademark will be used for
• Pictures of the trademark
What are the costs of a trademark registration?
The average duration for a successful trademark registration in the UAE is approx. 9 to 12 months and one application for every class needs to be filled. The government fees are also charged per class. Currently, the fees are approx. 13,600 AED.
Additional fees for the registered agent apply as well as translation expenses. Further authority fees for the legalization of corporate documents can apply, if the trademark owner is a company outside the UAE.
The renewal fees with the current amount of 13,000 AED per class are payable during the final year of the 10 year’s protection period.
If you have any questions about a trademark registration in the UAE, please do not hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +971563899260. Our MEO Business Center team is looking forward to assisting you.