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Industrial Designs Summary:
The current implemented law pertaining to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings, and Designs is the UAE Federal law No. 31 for the year 2006, replacing Federal Laws No. 44 for the year 1992 and Federal Law No. 17 for the year 2002. The current implemented bylaws are the bylaws issued with the old law No. 44 for the year 1992; no new implementing regulations were issued later.
The UAE Law defined designs as “Any innovative three-dimensional shape that can be used in industry or craft”. However, an industrial design can be defined as “any composition of lines or colors or any three dimensional form whether or not associated with lines or colors, provided that such composition or form gives a special appearance to a product of industry or handicraft and can serve as pattern for a product of industry or handicraft.
The application for protection may include more than just one design, provided that such designs are interrelated in terms of manufacture and use, and that their total number does not exceed twenty designs. The filed application may contain a request to claim a priority of an application that has been filed in another state being a member of an agreement or a treaty with the U A E. The priority term shall be six months as of the date of first filing. If priority is claimed in an application, then a certified copy of the foreign registration should be submitted to the Patent Office within the allowed grace period specified in the law.
Once a design is registered in the UAE, the protection period will remain valid for 10 years from the filing date, provided that all formalities are fulfilled such as payment of annual maintenance fees.
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