The rights to a trademark in the United Arab Emirates are granted to the person or company that first uses it in this territory. Although registration is not mandatory, in practice it is highly recommended in order to demonstrate clear ownership, prevent future conflicts regarding ownership of the trademark and in order to defend against cases of trademark infringement. It is difficult and expensive to enforce an unregistered mark.
Trademark applications are filed with the trademark department of the Ministry of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (IPOUAE).
It is not necessary for a trademark to be in use in the United Arab Emirates in order for it to register.
If you register a combined trademark (which includes both word elements and figurative elements) in the United Arab Emirates, the exclusive right to use the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark in the exact configuration or way in which it was filed and registered. If you wish to use the word element of your trademark separately from the logo (or vice versa), it is recommended you register for another trademark including only the word or figurative elements you wish to use and protect separately.
Nevertheless, if a third party eventually intends to register or use a trademark for similar goods or services that includes a primary or distinct part or portion of your trademark, you will have the right to oppose the application based on confusing similarity.
Opposition actions may be filed by third parties against a trademark application within thirty (30) days after the date of its publication in the official gazette. The probabilities of success for an opposition will vary in each case depending on the circumstances.
Although a trademark does not have to be in use in order for it to register, it must not go unused for periods of five years or it will become vulnerable to cancellation actions based on lack of use of the trademark. The granting of a license of use to another party may be considered as use of the trademark.
Registered trademarks in the United Arab Emirates have a validity of ten (10) years from the application date and can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten (10) years. The trademark renewal can be requested as early as twelve (12) months before the expiration date. It can also be requested during the grace period of three (3) months after expiration, upon payment of a late renewal fee.
For trademark search reports the trademark must be in Latin alphabet and will only consider other trademarks in Latin alphabet. If you wish for a search for a trademark written in the local writing system (Arabic) and that includes results of trademarks in the local alphabet (Arabic), please contact us. Additional fees will apply.
If you would like for the figurative or design elements of your trademark to be considered when assessing your trademark for registration in the United Arab Emirates (Trademark Search Report), contact us directly in order to determine if we may be able to offer this in this jurisdiction. In such cases, prices for service and estimated delivery times may vary.