Munir A. Suboh

Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 528 5555

Munir is a Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property based in our Dubai office.

He began his practice in the Middle East in 2006 and has worked on numerous scopes of intellectual property, media, cyber and technology matters. He also worked on different corporate and commercial projects, such as transactions and contracts, due diligence, advisory on commercial context, competition and employment matters. His main speciality is in the field of IP and media including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets, domain names, media advisory, regulatory compliance and representing in contentious matters. He also works on commercialization of IP and handles complex disputes of IP and media rights.

Munir also works on major alternative dispute resolution cases that involve negotiations and settlement mandates, as well as managing litigations locally, regionally and internationally. For cases in the MENA region, Munir collaborates with local litigation practice groups and litigators to supervise such disputes.

Munir represents a range of clients from various industry sectors, including Media, Entertainment, FMCG, Tobacco, industrial, pharmaceuticals, automotive, cosmetics and many more. His principal set of expertise encompasses negotiations, settlement mandates and litigation. He has successfully resolved critical commercial disputes related to media, technology and IP deals. He has extensive experience in regulatory works and has experience in consulting clients on consumer protection, antitrust and competition law.

Munir works with many multinational clients and is ranked by leading legal directories, such as Chambers Global, Legal 500, The Best Lawyers, World Trademarks Review (WTR) for many years. Munir is praised for being a “very commercial and proactive lawyer” who maintains a high level of responsiveness, “He always assesses legal risks and simplifies potential legal impacts in a simple and clear manner for decision making”.

Munir was named by Asia Legal Business (Thomson Reuters) as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the Middle East in 2021

Munir is a bilingual lawyer (i.e. English and Arabic) and holds an LLB from the University of Jordan and an LL.M in Intellectual Property & Information Technology Laws from the University of San Francisco.

Areas of expertise
  • Cyber security & data protection
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Retail & Consumer Goods
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
Highlights of experience
  • Advising the leading media group in the Middle East and North Africa, MBC Group, in relation to a major advisory and trademark prosecution project globally.
  • Supervising anti-illicit trade and anti-counterfeiting in the Middle East on behalf of various clients that represent internationally well-known trademarks and/or their licensees, namely in the fields of cosmetics, watches, electronics and auto-parts.
  • Representing the leading media group in the region to defend more than 40 different media and IP disputes before local committees, regulatory authorities and/or courts. In addition, strategic role in handling digital and offline anti-piracy legal actions.
  • Handling patent inquiries and protection on behalf of patent owners and inventors. Inquiries included advice on vaccination patentability and/or freedom to operate for testing kits during the global pandemic.
  • Representing the well-known WWE in IP various matters in the region, including prosecution and enforcement of IP rights.
  • Assisting one of the top 6 global tax advisory firms with HQ in the USA in complex trademark, trade name and domain name disputes as well as regional trademark portfolio management.
  • Representing a French brand in the field of women’s clothing and lingerie to terminate existing commercial agent and franchisee in the UAE.
  • Assisting well known French cosmetic clinics in trademark and IP services, including prosecution, clearances, advisory, licensing and other IP commercial transactions.
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