After the completion of company registration process for business setup in UAE, the next logical step for a company is to creatively design its own symbol or logo. It is at this point in time when the trademark registration process begins.
A trademark is a term used to collectively describe a combination of intellectual properties which may include a name, word, phrase, design, symbol, image, or a combination of these items that are particular to a company. It is very important for a company to safeguard its intellectual property. Businesses always try to make sure that their intellectual property such as a logo or a trademark is well-guarded because it is these symbols with which consumers identify their products.
Importance of Trademark Registration
Trademark registration is a significant part of company formation in UAE. It ensures that only the said company reserves the right to exclusively use its intellectual property. It provides you with the guarantee that when you have invested resources on your business, you have exclusive entitlement to own it.
Trademark registration safeguards a company from potential theft of its intellectual property. UAE trademark registration authority makes it certain that your trademark is protected with an ownership rights symbol thus securing duplicity. If any company decides to use your trademark, it will be against the law and action will be taken accordingly.
Trademarks are extensively used by companies in their marketing campaigns. It is a very effective marketing tool because it acts as an easily recognizable symbol or identification mark on a product that silently speaks to its audience.
Know more about the significance of this step in our blog here: Why Businesses Need To Register a Trademark?
How to Register Trademark in Dubai
KWSME can handle your trademark registration in Dubai and across UAE. Our most reliable business support services include helping our clients, whichever way we can, an uncomplicated start of business in the Dubai market. We have a team of highly competent experts and professionals who know the legal system of UAE inside-out. Therefore, we can greatly help you get through the murky and slow-paced world of registration and approvals and get you off for a great start in your business setup in Dubai.
Trademark registration in UAE is quite safe and secure as UAE has been a member of Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since 1996. UAE government is also keen to follow the International Classification of Good and Services for the Purpose of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement, 10th Edition.
The process for trademark registration in Dubai is as follows:
- An application for initial search must be submitted to the Trademarks Registration Office. Initial investigation will be conducted who will examine the application and check if trademark was registered before or not.
- If trademark has not been registered before, an application with all required documents including the image of the targeted Trademarks will be filed, and the fees must be paid.
- Once approved and accepted by the Registrar, the trademark will get published in two local newspapers and the Trademark Journal. . The Trademark Office will receive the paper cuttings of the notices published in newspapers and the Trademark Journal.
- If there is any opposition to the registration of Trademark, it will have to file a notice against the published trademark within the 30 days from the date the trademark was published.
- The Registrar will make a decision regarding the opposition’s objection to the registration of trademark. Registrar’s decision can be appealed to the Committee and the Committee’s decision can be challenged in the court of law.
- If there is no credible opposition to the registration of trademark, then the trademark is registered and the certificate is issued.
Get in-depth knowledge of the whole process in our blog: How to Register a Trademark in Dubai?
- Twenty prints of the trademark. (Size: 6 cm x 6 cm)
- A notarized and legally attested Power of Attorney submitted to the UAE Consulate. Late submission of POA can be made as late as within the 60 days from the filing date.
- Copy of the applicant Certificate of Incorporation (for corporate applicants only).
- Copy of the applicant passport.
- A copy of certified home/foreign application registration, in case priority is claimed.
- Certificates of Trademark registration if registered in any other countries.
- Legal translation for the wording which might be included in your trademark. We will need translation from your language of origin to English. The translation from English to Arabic will be handled by our team at KWSME as we also provide legal translation services.
Renewal of Trademark
A registered trademark has a valid life of 10 years in the UAE and the registration can be renewed for the same period.
A renewal application can be submitted and applicable fees paid just before the trademark’s expiry is approaching near. Late submission of application for renewal of trademark can also be filed with a fine within 3 months of grace period allowed after the expiry. Once the renewal application is approved, the trademark is again published in at least two local newspapers and the Trademark Journal and the same process mentioned above repeats.