According to Article 2 of the UAE Trademarks law “A trademark is anything which takes a distinctive form whether names, words, signatures, letters, figures, drawings, symbols, titles, tax stamps, seals, pictures, inscriptions, advertisements or packs or any other mark or a combination thereof, used or is intended to be used, either in distinguishing goods, products or services whatever their origin is, or to show that goods or products are owned by the mark owner by virtue of their manufacture, selection or dealing in, or to indicate the performance of a service. Sound is considered a part of the trademark if it accompanies thereof.”
A trademark application shall not include more than one class.
After filing, the application is examined and the Ministry may impose whatsoever restrictions and modifications it may consider necessary for defining and clarifying the trademark in a manner to prevent confusion with another already registered mark or for any reason it may deem fit.
Where the application is rejected the applicant may appeal such decision.
Trademark applications accepted by the Examiner are published and any interested party may oppose the registration of the mark within 30 days from the date of the publication.
The term of duration of the registered mark shall be ten years form the application date and can be renewed indefinitely, each time for ten years.
Any interested party may request to cancel a trademark registration if the owner does not use its trademark in UAE for 5 consecutive years from the date of registration.
It is possible to give a license to one or more persons for all or some of the products or services claimed by the mark. The license agreement must be entered in the Trademark Register.