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…