A filed trademark application is subject for examination on the registrability and prior rights basis. Once an application is accepted, it will be published in the Trademark Journal and in two local newspapers for opposition purposes. Opposition period of 30 days will be permitted for filing an opposition by any interested third party.
In case no opposition is reported against the trademark registration, the final registration fees become due for payment and should be settled within 30 days from the expiry of the opposition period. Once the registration fees are settled, the certificate of registration will be issued within a week from the date of payment.
As per the UAE Trademark Law, the mark should be used within 5 years from the registration date. However, use of a trademark is not compulsory for keeping the registration in force. But non-use of the mark will expose the registration for cancellation by any third party through a court case. As per the law, any interested party may apply for cancellation of a trademark registration, in case of failure to use the trademark by the owner in the UAE for five consecutive years from the date of registration.
The registration process of a trade/service mark may take 8 to 12 months from the filing date in the normal cases. However, in case of appeals/ oppositions, the registration process will take longer time and may reach to 2 to 3 years.
Protection of a trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the filing date and is renewable for similar periods. A renewal application can be filed within the last year of the protection period or within three months grace period after the expiry of the protection with an extra charge.
A registered trademark can be assigned/ pledged/ licensed. The recordal applications should be published in the Trademark Journal as well as in two local newspapers.
Amendment of the applicant's name, address and/or list of goods/services can be filed. Publication of the amendment is required as stated in the law and bylaws. Amendment to the registered mark can be filed provided that the amendment is not essential.
Trademarks - Filing Procedures:
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