By: CPA, CFE, VAT Agent, Trademark Consultant, Mohammad Ali. Ali is Partner at HHS Lawyers and Legal consultants. He has 30 years in the field and specializes in VAT, Real Estate Transactions, Labour & Business Setup, Trademark and IP, Fraud and Financial Crimes, Liquidation and Bankruptcy.
In, recent years, official fees for trademark registration saw a significant increase in the UAE and other countries. The increase includes the official fees for trademark filing and publication in the UAE.
That being said, brand owners in the region and internationally will be pleased to hear that the UAE trademark office at The Ministry of Economy (MOE) announced a new amended fee structure where it has reduced the charges for the services offered by the MOE. And this as part of its efforts to boost business activity in the country.
The UAE trademark office has implemented a 33% reduction in the official fee which applies at the registration stage of a trademark application. An equivalent percentage reduction has now been applied to the official fee for trademark renewals as well.
The following table shows changes in the official fees the UAE trademark office has applied recently:
In addition to the above amendments, MOE officials recognize the necessity to offer an accessible and proactive enforcing system.
The UAE is keen to see brand owners benefit from these new arrangements and urges all professionals in the Intellectual Property (IP) field to partake in continuous dialogue with the MOE so as to encourage enhanced protection that’s both affordable and aligned with international standards.
It has now become considerably cheaper to secure a trademark registration or to maintain an existing registration in UAE.
The benefits of registration are numerous, and there is a wider range of options available to enforce trademark rights against others, and greater control is given to trademark holders for usage of marks.
If you have been considering trademark registration in the UAE but have been deterred by the official fees, these reductions are an opportunity to reconsider your trademark protection strategy in the UAE.
Should you require further information on the revised fees, or assistance in obtaining trade mark protection in the UAE, our firm is ready to assist.
Below are common questions related to trademark registration in UAE.:
Where to register a trademark in UAE?
A proposed trademark is to be registered in the UAE Ministry of Economy with initial process starting with trademark.
How long does a trademark take to get registered?
The duration of trademark registration may take up to 6 to 8 weeks to complete.