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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Nov 18, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 16/21)
United Arab Emirates
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Changes to Patent and Designs Law

The Federal Law No. 11 of 2021 on the Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property Rights comes into force on November 30, 2021, and introduces numerous amendments to the patent, utility model and design regimes in the UAE.

The most important changes include the following:
- A novelty grace period for disclosures of information by the inventor or others obtaining information directly from the inventor(twelve months from the filing date for patents, utility models and designs);
- Substantive examination (novelty examination) for designs;
- Procedure to expedite the examination of patents and utility models
- Provisions for filing divisional applications for patents and utility models;
- Extension of term of design protection from 10 years to 20 years;
- Executive Regulations shall define requirements for procedures for examination, publication, annuities, restoration, grievances, etc.;
- Grievance and Objections Committee is established to hear requests for re-examination (by a third party) and grievances relating to registration of a patent, utility model, and design. Infringement actions appear to be referred directly to court;
- UAE Patent Office will act as receiving office for international applications (PCT Applications) in accordance with the procedures to be set out in the Executive Regulations;
- Important changes in the rights of employee inventors and employers.

The accompanying Executive Regulations shall provide further details and guidance on how many of these changes will be implemented.