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Mai 13, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 7/15)
United Arab Emirates
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Drastic Official Fees Increase

The Cabinet Ministers of UAE has announced that the official fees for a wide range of services provided by the Ministry of Economy including trademarks, patents, copyrights and designs will be increased by virtue of Decision No. 9 of 2015. The said decision will be effective as from May 29, 2015.

The new official fee for filing a trademark application will be 1,000 AED/273 USD (instead of 500 AED/137 USD) in one class. The new publication fee in the Trademark Journal after acceptance will be 1,000 AED/273 USD (instead of 500 AED/137 USD). The new registration fee of a mark or a series of marks in one class will be 10,000 AED/2,725 USD (instead of 5,000 AED/1363 USD). The publication fee in the two local newspapers remains the same.

There is uncertainty about whether this fee increase will be applied retroactively for pending applications.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar and Karawani Law Firm, United Arab Emirates