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1 IP Law and Administration in the UAE Presented By: Omar M. Obeidat Partner & Head of IP/IT Dept 20 December 2010

2 Basic Definitions: IP Patents Designs Trademarks Copyrights Trade secrets Geographical indications Domain names

3 Patents UAE Patents, Designs and Industrial Models Law No.17 of 2002; Monopoly Right; Protects Inventions (products & process); Duration: 20 years; Patent protection extends to ideas that are new, involve an inventive step and capable of industrial application and exploitation.

4 Patents Patents life runs for 20 years from the date of filing of a patent application in a given country. The scope of protection is limited to country of registration. The right to a patent covers the exclusive rights to prevent others. Ministry of Economy/Patent offices; examination contracted with foreign examination office.

5 Patent Filing Process Filled out English and Arabic form CD of patent application forms in soft copies and Copy of Priority Document Patents Office retains Excel sheets of Applicants and Inventor Details as well as Priority Details Grace Period 90 Days for outstanding Documents (POA, DOA and Certificate of Incorporation, Certified Copy of Priority Document if Using Paris Convention).

6 Patent filing Process Application Number Allocated Annual Fees Paid to Patents Office Patents Office once accepted application form sends file for substantive examination. Examination carried out through Austrian Patents Office (Absolute Novelty). Examination result issued within one year (either acceptance or rejection with allowance of two time amendments). Payment of Publication fees and Publication Issuance of Certificate of Registration with the lapse of six months.

7 Patent filing Process No. of patents granted (200) No. of Patents pending approx. 10,000 No. of staff 8 No. of examiners 2 Fees for filing AED 800 Corp., AED 400 Ind. Fees for Examination 7,000 95% of Applications are PCT 2-3 % are locally developed inventions

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9 Designs UAE Patents, Designs and Industrial Models Law No. 17 of 2002; Monopoly right; Ornamental or aesthetic aspect of an article; May consist of 3-D features such as the shape or surface of an article or of 2-D features, such as pattern, lines and color; Must be novel and can be used as industrial or craft product; Duration: 10 years.

10 Design Filing Process Filled out English and Arabic form CD of design application forms in soft copies and Copy of Priority Document Office retains Excel sheets of Applicants and Designer Details as well as Priority Details Grace Period 90 Days for outstanding Documents (POA, DOA and Certificate of Incorporation, Certified Copy of Priority Document if Using Paris Convention).

11 Design Filing Process Application Number Allocated Annual Fees Paid to Office Office once accepted application in form, examines design (national novelty) Average Examination result issued within two years from filing date Payment of Publication fees and Publication Issuance of Certificate of Registration with the lapse of six months.

12 No. of Designs issued approx 1,000 Pending Designs approx 3,000 (2006)

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14 Trademarks UAE Trade Mark Law No.37 of 1992 Any sign that distinguishes goods/services; Can indicate source; Protects goodwill; Sign can include: shapes, designs, symbols, devices, 3-D shapes, smells, etc… Renewable indefinitely every ten year periods. 150,000 applications filed in UAE

15 Trademark Filing Process Application Form (applicant, Description of trademark and representation, class, designation of goods and services) Nice Classification 45 Classes Payment of Filing Fees Examination -Acceptance without conditions -Technical Examination (Amendments, requiring re- filing and another examination)-Review -Conditioned Acceptance (Disclaimer)-Objection -Rejection-Objection

16 Trademark Filing Process Payment of Registration and Publication Fees Publication One month opposition period Registration Average time frame months for certificate to be issued (no objection, re- examinations or oppositions) Average filing to publication 8-10 months Average filing to examination 4-6 months

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18 Trademark Infringement Use of identical or confusingly similar mark on identical or similar goods/services without permission; Theft; Penalties: Fine and/or imprisonment, confiscation/destruction of goods, publication of judgment and damages.

19 Comparison – Original vs Counterfeit Original Counterfeit

20 Comparison – Original vs Counterfeit CounterfeitOriginal

21 Confusing Similarities - Look a likes

22 Original Look a like

23 Trade Names Trade names are the registered commercial entity name as recorded with licensing authorities. This name cannot exist without the physical and legal set up of the corporate entity. –CONRAD HOTEL (Trade name) hotel activity –CONRAD HOTEL (Trademark) hotel services

24 Unfair Competition Prohibited use of claims "Number one pharmaceutical solution" or "Most preferred medication" Acts inciting employees of a competitor to target its customers False origin, specification, description of goods Defamatory statements

25 Copyright Federal Law No. (7) for the Year 2002 Protection for broad range of creations of the mind, but more specifically literary works (incl. computer software), artistic & musical works and broadcasts; Automatic upon publishing; Right to copy is only allowed to copyright owner &/or owners licensee.

26 Copyright Duration: –Life of author + 50 years –50 years from publication Assignment possible Author has exclusive right to reproduce work Deposit possible but not necessary: S. 4 Protects Author from Unauthorized Copying, thereby encouraging innovation

27 Scope of Protection The law protects authors and related rights holders of copyrights in intellectual works. The law also provides, inter alia, a definition of the works protected, the duration of protection, licenses permitting the use of works and provisions relating to certain works, collective management of copyright and related rights, provisional measures, penalties as well as general provisions.

28 Copyright Copyright protection extends to expressions of original or creative works in the field of literary works, art, or sciences. Copyright protection exists from the date of publication and runs for 50 years plus the life of the offer. Copyright does not extend to ideas and is subject to limitations of fair use.

29 Copyright Protection extends to the content / text as well as to the creative outline and arrangement of a work. No. of Copyrights filed per annum

30 Copyright - ADACH CD Cover

31 Copyright - ADACH CD Content

32 Trade Secrets Examples 1.Know how 2.Business methods 3.Database

33 Trade Secrets Conditions: –Information including formula, software and equation –Commercial value –Confidential –Measures in place to protect confidentiality

34 Thank You Any Questions


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