Intellectual Property in the U.A.E.

Overview by
National Organizations
Consult the Directorate of Industrial Property of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce. In 1992, Emirates has passed three laws for intellecual protection : one law on copyrights, another on trademarks and the last one on patents. It has been envisaged to provide them with a legal framework in conformity with the requirements of the TRIPS (Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights) agreements within three years.
Regional Organizations
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Federal Law no.17
20 years
Federal Law no.37
10 years Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Federal Law no.17
10 years  
Federal Law no.7
- 50 years after the death of the author
- 25 years for art works
- 20 years radio and television programs
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
Federal Law no. 17
10 years  

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