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Trademark Registration in UAE – Q&A

Trademark Registration In UAE - Q&A

  1. How do you define a trademark?
    -A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognizable sign, design, or expression that identifies products or services.
    -In the UAE, a trademark can be a name, word, signature, drawing, packaging etc.

  2. What are some of the criteria for registering a trademark in UAE? 
    -Anything that distinguishes one good from another qualifies.  And it must be used in a commercial setting, to enjoy protection.
    -Ordinary elements related to a person, which do not distinguish them, do not qualify as a trademark.  Also, certain public symbols or words cannot be trademarked.

  3. Does the UAE have trademark laws and if so, what are they? 
    -Federal Decree Law No. 36 of 2021.
    -And Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2022 re: Executive Regulations to the Trademark Law. 

  4. Is the UAE a member of any international trademark protocols or treaties?
    -The U.A.E. adopted the Nice Classification system in its Federal Decree-Law No. 156 of 2021.
    -Also, in 2021, the UAE adopted the Madrid Protocol, which is the Federal Decree-Law No. 67.

  5. How much does it cost for trademark registration in UAE? 
    -The initial application fee is AED 750/trademark.
    -And the trademark registration fee is AED 5,000.

  6. What are the penalties for trademark infringement? 
    Anything from closing down the business, to seizing and destroying the goods, 3) to fines, which can range from AED 10,000 – AED 1 million.

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