UAE – Patent and Design Law - Frequently asked Questions

A. Patent

Miscellaneous

  1. Does filing a patent application in the UAE provide protection in all Gulf countries?
  2. What is not patentable in UAE?
  3. Are utility models granted protection in the UAE?
  4. Is the patent protection available for software?
  5. Is there a novelty requirement?
  6. Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
  7. Is the Arabic translation necessity to file an application?
  8. What are documents required for filing a patent application?
  9. What is certificate of incorporation?
  10. Is late filing of supporting documents possible?
  11. What effects will non-submission of supporting documents will have on the UAE application?
  12. Does Patent Office send notifications for due/lapsed annuities?
  13. Can a patent search be conducted in UAE?
  14. Is it possible to obtain the status of the application from the Patent Office
  15. Does the Patent Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
  16. Can the specifications or claims be amended after filing the application?
  17. Is it possible to enter national phase of PCT application?

Priority

  1. Is it required to legalize the priority document?
  2. Is it possible to submit assignment of priority application instead of a deed of assignment?
  3. Is it required to submit a certified copy of the priority document for PCT applications?
  4. Can convention priority be claimed in the UAE?

Periods

  1. What is the term of protection of a Patent in the UAE?
  2. Is there any grace period for the payment of annuity?
  3. Is working of the invention an official requirement to keep protection in force?
  4. When will the annuities be due for patent application in UAE?

B. Designs

Miscellaneous

  1. Is there a novelty requirement for file a design application?
  2. Can convention priority be claimed in the UAE?
  3. What are documents required for filing a design application?
  4. Is the assignment of the creator compulsory for a design application?
  5. Are there any special advantages in filing a design in a secret form?
  6. Is it possible to file more than one design in the same application?
  7. Is it possible to apply for cancellation of a design filed in a secret form?

Periods

  1. What is the term of protection of a design in the UAE?
  2. Is there any deadline to apply for the publication of a secret filing of a design?