CURRENT IP LAWS IN FORCE IN THE UAE:
PATENTS, DESIGNS AND INDUSTRIAL MODELS LAW, NO. 17 OF 2002
The Patents, Designs and Industrial Models Law, No. 17 of 2002, which protects a patent for up to 20 years and a utility patent for 10 years. Patents need to be worked within four years of filing. Designs are protected for up to 15 years from the date of registration.
TRADEMARK LAW NO. 8 OF 2002
Trademark Law No. 8 of 2002, under this law; trademarks are valid for 10 years from date of filing and can be renewed for periods of 10 years.
COPYRIGHT LAW NO. 7 OF 2002
The Copyright Law No. 7 of 2002, which is optional, grants protection for the lifetime of the author plus 25 years. This applies to cinematographic films, works of art, works made by corporate bodies and works of art published under pen names. Photographic works
Photographic works are protected for 10 years only.
Intellectual Property matters are administered by the Industrial Property Office which is under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
Bodies: World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Conventions: Berne Convention, Paris Convention, Rome Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Patent Cooperation Treaty
Largest city: Dubai
Official languages: Arabic
Government: Federal absolute monarchy
Legislature: Federal National Council
Currency: UAE dirham (AED) (1 $ = 3.67 AED)