To protect your business identity and brand, a company should always begin with registering their trademark. This way, no other company would be able to sell their products or services under their name and thus, you will prevent probable misbranding.
IMC Group will help you in expediting the registration process of your brand’s trademark with the following easy steps:
If you need only one or two things mentioned above, then these steps could be requested on an individual basis as per your needs.
If you need to register your brand’s trademark, it is very important to hire an experienced lawyer or a consultant who provides services in this field and can advise you in the end-to-end process of trademark registration in Dubai. It is imperative to understand the laws and regulations related to trademark as this is a legal subject and therefore, it should be dealt with all the seriousness. A company cannot have their intellectual property as a registered trademark without getting it verified that it’s an original concept and is not a copy of some other company or brand because trademark infringement is a crucial matter. For UAE trademark registration, one should search or design a trademark you like before forwarding the application to the concerned trademark registration officials in Dubai.
We provide trademark registration services in over 10 countries and our trademark registration and protection services are well-managed by our Trademark Attorneys, offering timely delivery and personalized consultation. For trademark registration in Dubai or UAE trademark registration, contact us and we will take care of your specific requirements.
In the UAE, any trademark that is registered is legally protected for 10 years beginning from the date it is officially registered. After the period of 10 years is over, and you wish to extend it further so that it can be kept operational, you will need to pay an additional official fee to the UAE Ministry of Economy.
In case you do not renew as soon as possible, there is nothing to worry as you are given a grace period of about three months. Please also note that any interested party can request to cancel a registered trademark in case the trademark in question has not been used in the UAE for almost five consecutive years beginning from the date it was registered.
Not only registration, it is important to handle your trademark portfolio and keep all the trademark information in a centralized manner so that it is handy. We have an Online Trademark Interface that displays a listing of all our client’s trademarks in addition to all the needed information related to every trademark, for example, the filing number, date on which it was filed and the registration number. Our system interface also helps in sending reminders to the clients on the important dates like renewal dates, statements of use, etc.
Managing trademark renewals is very important, especially if it’s a portfolio of international trademarks. However, the renewal process is usually quite time-consuming and complex, specifically in jurisdictions that are more isolated.
Our expert and designated Account Manager will handle your trademark renewals efficiently by helping you process them on time. This Account Manager is also responsible to keep track of every trademark and then accordingly inform them about the renewal deadline and the amount of fee payable through email notifications.
In case a company acquires Intellectual Property (IP), then the trademark needs to be recorded in the owner’s accurate name and address at the applicable trademark registries. We at IMC Group, take ownership of recording of your trademark assignments, name or address change in all the jurisdictions, and mergers.
We also offer a wide range of legal services related to trademarks in all available jurisdictions such as:
We offer a Trademark Watch Service in which we provide a revision service of all the recently published trademarks periodically. This revision deals with any verbal or graphical elements, similarities on a phonetic level, local dialects or any graphic elements, which could be similar to some trademark and could pose a risk to its value.
A trademark attorney typically processes your trademark registration in Dubai or UAE by performing these three simple steps:
1. What types of trademarks can be registered in UAE?
2. What all phases does an application go through after a trademark is filed in United Arab Emirates?
The order or all phases of an application process are as follows:
3. Should I file my trademark in local characters?
Yes, we recommend that you must register your trademark in local characters so that you get a broader and stronger protection in the UAE. In case you register the trademark just in its original version, that is, Latin characters, then the protection will not always cover or fully protect its corresponding in the local language. In this case, a third party is permitted to use or even go for registration of the same trademark (or something very similar) in local characters.
Besides the legal advantages, the use and registration of your trademark into local characters will definitely have financial benefits. The residents of the United Arab Emirates would recognize your product and brand easily only if they can read and pronounce the mark correctly.
Therefore, you must register your brand’s trademark in the original version and local translation, as that would provide much wider protection from any probable infringements.
4. What is the time frame for approval of trademark registration?
The typical average time frame for approval of registration is about 10 months, in case no one raises any objections or oppositions.
5. If my trademark is registered in UAE, will I have protection in other territories too?
The limit of territories of registration in the UAE includes the seven emirates of:
6. Is it mandatory to sign a Power of Attorney?
Yes, you would need to sign a power of attorney.
7. Is there any advantage from a pre-filing use of the brand’s trademark?
There is negligible advantage for pre-filing use as the trademark rights are mostly established through registration.
8. Will it be a problem if I don’t use my trademark after registering it?
Yes, attack on the premise of non-use is available.
9. What types of trademarks cannot be registered?
The following trademarks cannot be registered:
10. Is UAE using the “Nice Classification” system?
No, the Nice Classification System is not used specifically in UAE; it is only used as a general guide.
11. Is the Community Trademark applicable for UAE?
The European Union Trademark registration, which was earlier called Community Trademark Registration, is not applicable in UAE.
12. Is it possible to claim priority in UAE?
Yes, it’s possible in case:
13. What are the pre-requisites to fulfil the use requirement?
A trademark has to be utilized within five years. However, the law does not particularly mention the amount of use needed, but it must take place in the UAE.
14. After the trademark has been registered, for how many years is it going to be valid?
The initial term that the registration is valid for is 10 years and it is calculated starting from the application date.
15. What would be the renewal date of my trademark?
The first renewal date of a trademark registration is 10 years beginning from the date the application was filed.
16. Is it legal to use a trademark when it is not yet registered?
Using a trademark that is not registered yet for any product or service is legal. However, you must ensure that the unregistered trademark does not offend any requirements of the Trade Marks Law. It is recommended to take the advice of an experienced trademark attorney or you could contact us to get relevant information.
1. If I have a registered trademark in UAE, does it give me any right?
Though the registration process is not mandatory o get rights to a trademark; but registration is definitely recommended as it is complex to establish rights when the mark is not registered in the UAE.
2. Is the trademark national office available online?
No, the trademark national office is not available online.
3. Do I have to use my trademark before filing the registration application?
The requirement for application is either actual use or intent to use.
4. Can a trademark application be opposed?
Yes, the application can be opposed on some grounds such as the following:
5. Who all can challenge my trademark application?
As per the UAE law “any concerned person” can file an opposition against an application.
6. Is it possible to cancel a registration?
Yes, the registration can be cancelled on some grounds like:
7. Do any rights get established if one has a registered trademark?
Yes, there are some rights that are recognized when you register a trademark. They are:
8. How long is the opposition period?
9. Is UAE a current member of the Madrid System?
No, UAE is not an existing member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.
10. Is it required to present a periodic statement of use?
No, it is not required to present periodic statements of use.
1. When do you need to renew a trademark?
Ensuing renewals officially last for 10 years beginning from the renewal date of the mark’s registration.
2. What would be the renewal date of a trademark?
The initial renewal date of any registration is for a duration of 10 years that starts from the date on which the application was filed.
3. Is any documentation required while renewing a trademark?
Yes, you must submit the following documents when going for a renewal:
4. If my trademark has expired, do I get any grace period?
Yes, you get a grace period of 3 months after the renewal date has expired.