The UAE-Trademark Law 37/1992, as amended by UAE Law 8/2002 (Summary)*

On 12th January 1993, the UAE-Trademark Law No. 37/1992 amended by the UAE-Law No. 8/2002 came into force. Its Executive Regulations were published on 2nd February 1993. The U.A.E. is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since September 19, 1996, and of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purpose of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (9th edition).

The Trademark Law, containing 50 articles, offers the opportunity to guarantee the protection by registering trademarks in the U.A.E.. The new law provides a 30 days notice for filing objections starting from the day of publication of the trademark's registration.

A trademark registration is valid for 10 years as of the date of filing the application renewable for similar periods. The trademark owner has a grace period of three months as from the date of expiry.

Use of a trademark is not compulsory for filing application for registration or for maintaining the registration in force. However, any interested party may request deletion of a trademark from registration, if the owner fails to use such the trademark in the U.A.E. for 5 consecutive years from the date of registration.

Illegal and/or unauthorized use of a registered trademark by any third party, use of a fake or counterfeit trade/service mark, application to one’s goods a registered trademark belonging to another party in bad faith, dealing in goods bearing a fake or counterfeit trademark, rendering services under a fake or counterfeit service mark, and use of a trademark that falls under certain categories of unregistered marks are offenses prohibited by law.

Dubai, Dec. 2014

Tarek Jairwdeh, Meyer-Reumann & Partners

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