Every single individual is an owner of an object, it may be a car, a building, a bike, and they always wish to protect these. They use methods like locking the vehicle, assigning security to the house, GPS trackers and other methods.
When it comes to objects that cannot be seen like ideas, inventions, books, music works, how do we protect these intangible objects? This is where the concept of Intellectual Property comes in. There are various ways in which we can protect intellectual property in the UAE
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) defines Intellectual Property as “ Creations of the mind such as inventions and artistic works; designs and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Examples of Intellectual Property would be logos, music works, inventions. Books, designs.
What differentiates Intellectual Property from Traditional Property is the concept of Indivisibility. Indivisibility means that an infinite number of individuals can use a good without it being depleted.
For example, if one person listens to music, an infinite number of people can listen to the same song, and it won't deplete or be unavailable to another person, but in the case of a car only one person can use it, and if another individual has to use it, then the car becomes unavailable to the initial user of the car.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he registered his invention a few hours before his rival Elisha Gray. Till date only a few associate Elisha Gray with the telephone while Alexander Graham Bell is known as the Father of the Telephone only because he protected his invention.
The original creator would've also spent a lot of time and money researching in order to create their work; The protection of IP also helps recover the costs and gives rewards to the original creator for his efforts in creating something new and innovative. This, in turn, is an incentive to encourage efforts from individuals to strive towards better inventions, original works.
The UAE allows authors of original works to protect their Intellectual Property through three methods which are
Trademark according to the Federal law No.37 of 1992 on Trademarks refers to “Distinguishable form of words, letter, figures, seals, marks, logos, graphics words, signatures, letters, , graphics, logos, titles, hallmarks, pictures, patterns, announcements, packs or any other type of mark if they were to be used either to distinguish services, goods or other products from different competitors, or to indicate to the buyer or customer that certain services, goods or products belong to the owner of the trademark, because of their exclusive characteristics, manufacturing, selection or trading. The pronunciation accompanying a trademark is considered part of it".
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy is the authorized body for the purpose of Registration of Trademarks. An individual wishing to Register a Trademark can fill out and submit an online application through the ministry’s website. The documents required are
For more detailed information, visit the UAE Ministry of Economy website.
According to UAE's Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and related rights, intellectual work is considered as authentic work in the fields of literature, arts or science, regardless of its description, the way its expressed as well as significance or purpose. The UAE protects the following under their copyright law:
Works derived from other works, subject to the condition to the protection given to the work upon which they are derived. The protection shall extend to the title or name of the work is created, as well as the creative concept devised for publishing material.
The UAE Ministry Of Economy is the authorized body for the purpose of registration of copyright. An online application is to be filled out and submitted through the ministry's website for the same. A few of the documents required are
The exclusive right to allow reproduction, importing, exporting distribution, selling or other activities that involve monetary or economic benefits shall be protected throughout the lifetime of the author plus 50 years starting from the first day of the calendar year following their death. However, when it comes to works of applied art, these same rights expire after 25 years following the first day of the calendar year since the work was Also, if the books or poems of an author are published after their death, the validity of the copyright is similarly 50 years.
In the UAE, According to Federal Law No. 31 of 2016, promulgated by Law No. 17 of 2002 on Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property of Patents, Industrial based Drawings and Designs, in the UAE a patent protection is granted for any new authentic invention resulting from an innovative idea or any kind of innovative improvement of an invention in all the fields of technology, subject to the condition that such an idea or innovative improvement has a scientific backing and is useful and can be applied in one field or the other. The invention shall be considered applicable with respect to the industry sector in its broadest term if used or utilised in such fields as agriculture, fisheries, handicrafts, and services. Industries in the UAE can grow immensely due to such protection.
However certain patients are not included such as:
International Centre for Patent Registration (ICPR) which is a body under the UAE Ministry of Economy is in charge of patent registration. An online application can be filled and submitted through the website of the ministry. The complete list of documents that are required is also given on the same website. A few of the important ones are
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