Trademark Registration

Trademark Registration is one of the most effective and indispensable systems designed for business owners to protect the identity of business products. According to UAE Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks, a trademark can be any distinctive form of symbols, words, logos, signs, names, labels, designs, pictures, titles, hallmarks, seals, patterns, announcements, packs or any other marks or group of marks. Trademarks are registered to distinguish products, goods or services for a particular business or brand owner either individual or organization.  Businesses register trademarks to designate that certain products, goods or services are associated with the owners of the trademarks. It helps businesses to enjoy the goodwill & reputation of the brands in the market that is created by maintaining the quality of the goods or services.

Trademark Registration Requirements in the UAE

 

Following documents are required to file the application of trademark registration in the UAE:

For Individual Applicant

  • Trademark in PDF file

  • Scanned Passport copy

  • Complete home address

  • Power of Attorney (Notarized by the Notary Public & legalized by the UAE)

For Company/Business

  • Trademark in PDF file

  • Scanned copy of Trade License

  • Scanned Passport copy of Authorised Signatory

  • Power of Attorney (Notarized by the Notary Public & legalized by the UAE)

For Foreign Company

  • Trademark in PDF file

  • Scanned copy of the certificate of incorporation

  • Scanned Passport copy of Authorised Signatory

  • Power of Attorney (Notarized by the Notary Public & legalized by the UAE)

Process of Filing an Application for Trademark Registration

in the UAE

1. Trademark Search

Trademark search in the UAE is not a mandatory requirement but highly advisable to check before filing the application for the prior identical or similar application/registration.

2. Filing of a Trademark Application

After completing the trademark search, trademark agents file the application of registering a trademark with Trademark office

(Note: Foreign companies/individual cannot file a trademark application without approved trademark agents in UAE)

3. Application Examination

After receiving the files, registrar examine the application pursuant to the UAE trademark law

4. Issuance of Acceptance or Rejection Order

In accordance with the law, registrar issue acceptance or rejection order against a trademark application

5. Publication of Trademark in Local Newspapers

In case of acceptance, the trademark is published into two local Arabic newspaper within 30 days count from acceptance letter. Official fees of publication of trademark into official gazette are also required to be paid at the same time

Note: Official gazette in UAE published every last day of the month.

6. Opposition Period

The opposition period is for 30 days, legally opposition period will be started after the publishing of trademark into the official gazette.

7. Time Frame for Final Registration Fees

In case of no opposition from any other person or entity on the trademark within the legal time period, trademark application becomes matured for final registration fees, automatically. Trademark office does not issue any special notification for the payment of final registration fees. The deadline to pay the final registration fees count from the date of last day of the opposition period. Deadline is 30 day

8. Registration Certificate

Trademark office issue the registration certificate at the same of paying the final registration fees. Trademark registration certificate is valid for 10 years count from the date of filing the application.

Note: UAE trademark office no longer issue a trademark registration certificate in hard copy, trademark owners are provided with soft copy of the certificate that is valid across all the government departments in the UAE.