UAE Ministry of Economy Update Official Fees for Trademark Enforcement and Registration

To ensure efficiency and streamlining with international best practice, namely in trademark prosecution and the enforcement of registered rights, the UAE Ministry of Economy has issued an administrative order to decrease and waive some of the core official fees associated with their trademark registration and enforcement services. Following an increase to such fees in 2015, the…

Cartels: UAE Chapter

1. What is the relevant legislative framework? The laws and regulations governing antitrust and competition (cartel) in the United Arab Emirates are as follows: (a) The Federal Law No. 4 of 2012 on the Regulation of Competition (“UAE Competition Law”), which has been in force since 23 February 2013 and which aims – according to Article…

UAE Update on Trademark Protection & Online Enforcement in Dubai

The UAE Trademark Department has issued an administrative decision to restrict the amending of trademark applications at the prosecution stage. In addition, the Dubai Economic Development Department has released a seasonal report to demonstrate their proactive approach to online enforcement, the removal of violating social media accounts and the advanced protection of trademark rights. Trademark…

Insights for employers to implement policy on social media

By Munir Suboh   With the increased usage of social media, companies and employers find themselves obliged to establish policies for employees to provide acceptable, reasonable, safe and common-sense guidelines and recommendations for using social media responsibly. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms are always viewed as public activities and regardless…

Cancellation for non-use of registered trademarks

By Munir Suboh, Partner and Head of IP The regional trademark offices in the Middle East, including the local UAE trademark office, receive thousands of trademark applications annually. The number of approved and registered trademarks has increased significantly over the last few years due to a less conservative approach being taken towards examination. Effectively, this increase…

Why Dubai destroyed fake iPhones, Rolex, LVs worth millions

Thousands of fake goods, including counterfeit smartphones, electronic devices, bags, and watches were hammered, compressed and shredded by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) on Tuesday to send a “clear message to protect consumers against fraudulent practices.” Commenting on the efforts by the DED in today’s edition of Khaleej Times, Munir Suboh, Partner and Head of IP here…

BSA announces the launch of Spanish and Latin American Desk

The renowned regional law firm, BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP, introduce the firm’s second foreign desk in a market leading affiliation with Spanish based law firm, Lupicinio International Law Firm BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP is delighted to announce the unveiling of its latest venture, a Spanish and Latin American Desk,…

The Digital Dawn

Technological development has been put at the heart of the UAE’s economic development strategy and is being supported at the highest level. Emirates Law expert panel, including Nadim Bardawil, Senior Associate in BSA’s DIFC office in Dubai, look at the areas which are being prioritised and the legal and financial support being provided to innovators.…