These laws protect the authors, the inventors and the authorized users of an original creation or technology against the illegal use of theirs work by others. A copyright, a registered patent or a registered trademark prevents unauthorized individuals or corporations to use, sell or manufacture protected products, ideas, concepts, creations or public commercial images. In certain cases, specific know-how and original industrial processes can also be legally protected.

Protection of intellectual property rights gives to their holders the exclusivity of their concepts and products on a specific market and it is a key element of the international business. Before operating on a new market or investigating for international partners, a corporation should secure its intellectual rights for the targeted territory by registering them with the local competent authority.

In 1993, The United Arab Emirates adopted a new set of Intellectual Property Laws consistent with international standards. Since then, these laws have been strictly enforced. The UAE is a member of the General Accord on Trade and Tariff (GATT) and will soon join the new World Trade Organization (WTO). It is a signatory of the International Treaties for the Protection of Intellectual Property. The UAE is committed to prevent anyone from using its territory for selling counterfeit products or using pirated technology. 

The requirements to register a copyright, a patent or a trademark in the UAE are similar to those of the industrialized countries. However, any published material (books, videos, computer software, etc.) must have a registered copyright before being commercialized in the UAE. Also, under the UAE Trade Agency Law, the registration of any intellectual property right must be done through a UAE National agent or an Agency firm controlled by UAE Nationals. For more details, please send us an e-mail or contact us.

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