How to register a trademark in Dubai

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How to register a trademark in Dubai
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Businesses have to register a trademark to establish their brand identity and protect their intellectual property rights. This is a process that takes time and effort, but it is worth it.

In this article, we will take a look at the process of registering your trademark in Dubai.

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a unique symbol, word, or phrase that identifies and distinguishes a product or service. Therefore, it helps establish and protect brand identity. In addition, it contributes to brand recognition and customer loyalty.

When businesses register a trademark, they gain exclusive rights to use it and prevent unauthorized use by others. Thus, this sets them apart from competitors and builds a strong brand reputation.

Additionally, trademarks provide assurance of consumer protection. It helps consumers avoid confusion and deceit when identifying the products they want to buy.

Submitting a trademark application

Any individual or entity can apply to register a trademark in Dubai. This includes both local and foreign businesses operating within the region.

Whether you are a small start-up, a multinational corporation, or an individual entrepreneur, you can protect your brand identity by registering a trademark.

Trademark restrictions in Dubai

Before you register a trademark in Dubai, it is important to be aware of the various restrictions in place to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.

These restrictions are important. They safeguard public morals, protect national symbols, and prevent the infringement of intellectual property rights.

Here are some key points:

  • Trademarks must not contain offensive or immoral connotations.
  • Avoid using national flags or official symbols of the UAE or any other country.
  • Do not use symbols associated with the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
  • Using the names or titles of third parties in trademarks without their authorization is not allowed.
  • Direct translations of well-known trademarks are generally restricted to prevent confusion and trademark dilution.

Register a trademark in Dubai

The process involves several steps that must be followed carefully to ensure a successful application.

Check the availability

First, check the availability of your desired trademark. Conduct a thorough search to ensure that there are no similar trademarks already in use. If you try to register a trademark that already belongs to someone else, your application will be rejected.

This step is important to avoid any conflicts or infringement issues. Once you have confirmed the availability of your trademark, the next step is to fill out the application form.

Fill out the application form

The Ministry of Economy (MOEC) provides an online application form that you need to complete with all the required information and supporting documents. Make sure to provide accurate and detailed information to avoid any delays or rejections.

The following documents are required for trademark registration:

  • Trademark logo
  • Copy of the trade license
  • Power of attorney
  • Passport copy
  • Priority document
  • List of goods and services to be protected

Additional documents may be required depending on the specific case. After gathering all the necessary documents, you can proceed to submit your application.

Pay the trademark registration fees

After completing and submitting the application form, the next requirement is to pay the trademark registration fees. It is important to check the current rates of the fees, as they may vary.

It is important that you make your payment within 72 hours, so as not to delay registration. Fortunately, applicants can conveniently pay the trademark registration fees through the Ministry of Economy website itself.

Review by the Ministry of Economy

The MOEC will review your trademark application to ensure that all requirements are met.

Any missing or incorrect information could lead to the rejection of your application. In such a case, you have the option to appeal or modify your application as required.

On the other hand, if there are no issues with your application, approval from the Ministry is typically provided within 30 days.

Publication in two local Arabic-language newspapers

An important requirement is to publish your trademark in official publications. The MOEC will publish it in the official trademark journal for AED 1,000.

In addition, you also need to publish your trademark in two local newspapers. These include Al Watan, Al Bayan, Al Fajr, Al Ittihad, Al Khaleej, and Al Wahda.

People with issues on your trademark registration have 30 days to complain upon its publication. The MOEC will review any objections raised and will inform you accordingly.

Keep in mind that the MOEC only publishes the announcement at the end of each month. As a result, the registration process may take some time to complete. 

Certificate of registration

If your trademark registration is approved without any objections, you will receive a certificate of registration from the MOEC.

The certificate of registration contains vital information. It includes your trademark’s registration number, owner’s name, trade name, the trademark itself, and a description of the goods and services that the trademark covers.

Trademark validity in Dubai

When you register a trademark in Dubai, it is imperative to keep track of its expiration date and renew it promptly.

Trademark protection in Dubai typically lasts for 10 years from the date of registration.

However, this trademark registration only protects you within the seven emirates of the UAE. It does not offer protection beyond the UAE.

Renewal periods last for 10 years, allowing for long-term protection. However, failure to renew your trademark registration can result in a loss of protection. This means your trademark would be open to infringement and loss of ownership.

Renewing a trademark registration

It is essential to initiate the renewal process at least three months before the expiration date or you will lose your protection. Allowing ample time to gather the necessary documents will ensure a smoother and faster renewal process.

Remember that a delay in renewing the trademark could lead to a fine of AED 1,000 for each month of delay.

The renewal process for trademarks in Dubai follows a similar procedure as the initial registration. Pay the renewal fee and get your trademark license within 30 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to register a trademark in Dubai?

The cost of registering a trademark in Dubai can vary depending on several factors. As of now, the official filing fee for a trademark application in Dubai starts at AED 750.

Q: Can I register a trademark if it is similar to an existing trademark in Dubai?

Registering a trademark that is similar to an existing trademark in Dubai can be challenging. The trademark authorities will conduct a thorough examination to determine if there is any likelihood of confusion between the marks. 

If the authorities believe that your trademark is too similar to an existing one, they may refuse registration. In addition, they may also request additional evidence to establish the distinctive character of your trademark. 

Q: Should I seek professional assistance for the trademark registration process?

While not mandatory, seeking professional assistance from trademark attorneys or agents can help ensure a smooth and successful registration process.

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