All patent applications filed at the UAE Patent Office are subject to payment of annual maintenance fees. According to the UAE Patent Law, annual maintenance fees are due on the anniversary of the International filing date for the national phase of PCT applications and on the anniversary of the national filing date for non-PCT applications. The annuities can be settled before the due date or within the next three months from the due date. An extension of another three months is allowed for settling the due annuities with a surcharge.
If the applications fulfill the legal and formal requirements, then they are subject to substantive examination and are bound to meet the criteria of Novelty, Inventive Step and Industrial applicability for receiving an acceptance.
On behalf of the UAE Patent office, the examination of Patents is conducted by the Austrian Patent Office through a special agreement between them. A request for examination can be submitted only after receiving notification from the UAE patent office stating that the application is ready for examination.
Re-examination of patents is possible in case of partial acceptance. Amendments to the claims can be made or an argumentative response thereto can be submitted. A rejection of a patent application can be appealed to the committee within a period of 60 days as of the date of notification.
Accepted patent applications will be published in the Industrial Property Journal. Any interested party may file an opposition within a period of 60 days from the date of publication. The letters patent or the utility certificate shall be issued if no objection is reported during the opposition period.
The letter patent remains in force enjoying protection for 20 years from the national filing date or from the PCT filing date for national phase applications provided that annuities are settled in time.
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