United Arab Emirates: UAE publishes new Trademark Law
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The Trademarks Act (No. 36 of 2021) will come into force on January 2, 2022
The definition of a brand has been broadened. It now provides more explanation of unconventional and geographical marks. Applications can now be filed for voice/sound, scent and 3D/hologram marks. Multi-class filings will also be possible with the new Trademark Law, as the UAE has operated a single-class filing system for many years.
Cancellation actions will be filed with the Trademark Committee, as opposed to the courts, which will be headed by a member of the judiciary. Cancellations for bad faith registrations are now permitted after the expiry of a five-year period.
Regarding licenses, it is no longer mandatory to register a trademark license in the trademark registry to be enforceable.
The new law also gives emerging small business owners the ability to temporarily protect their brands while participating in exhibitions.
We will provide a detailed analysis of the new changes shortly.
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