Patents: U.A.E.

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention, PCT & GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)

Novelty Requirements : Worldwide Novelty

Claiming priority : Yes

Examination : As to formalities & Novelty

Protection Period : 20 years as of filing date

Publication : Yes – in the Official Gazette

Opposition : Yes – within 2 months as of publication date

Annuity Payments : Annually

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 months with payment of fines

Compulsory Licensing : If the owner of a patented invention does not satisfy the stipulated working requirements within 4 years from the filing date, or the owner refuses to license it under a contract of fair terms, then the patent will be subject to compulsory licensing under the provisions of the law.

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Yes – required by Law

Note: Patents can also be protected in U.A.E. by filing a GCC Patent application which also covers U.A.E.


Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. A power of attorney duly legalized up to the UAE Consulate.
  2. A duly legalized extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association if the applicant is a company or body corporate.
  3. One copy of the English specification and claims together with its Arabic translation.
  4. One set of the drawings relating to the invention, if any.
  5. An abstract of the invention of no more than 200 words, together with the best explanatory diagram.
  6. A duly legalized deed of assignment signed by the inventor, if the applicant is not the inventor.
  7. A certified copy of the application giving the filing date, number and country if the application is to be filed with a priority claim.

For PCT applications entering the national phase in the UAE, a copy of the PCT international publication search and examination reports must be submitted with the application

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A power of attorney executed by the assignee and duly legalized up to the Consulate of the UAE. 
  2. A duly legalized deed of assignment executed by both parties. 
  3. A duly legalized Certificate of Incorporation of the assignee.


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