IPR Protection

Trade Marks
Protecting brands by registering trade marks is a vital step in establishing and protecting a company’s reputation. We excel in protecting brands throughout the MENA region and beyond.

  • We are experts in trade mark portfolio management. We protect brands for some of the world’s largest companies throughout the Middle East and North Africa
  • We advise on all aspects of the life cycle of a trade mark, including:
    • conducting clearance searches;
    • devising filing strategies;
    • filing applications;
    • opposing conflicting third party applications;
    • defending applications against third party oppositions;
    • completing publication/registration procedures;
    • recording changes in name and address of proprietor, assignments, licences and renewals of trade marks;
    • advising on cancellation actions;
    • negotiating settlement/co-existence agreements;
    • advising on trade mark disputes; and
    • advising on trade mark licensing and franchising arrangements.

Copyright
Copyright protects original works including artistic works, design drawings, literary works, films, songs and computer programmes.

  • Most countries in the MENA region are members of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. In these countries, copyright protection exists automatically when an original work is created, without the need for registration. Owners of copyright can, however, also register copyright in a few countries in the MENA region, including the UAE.
  • With the digital revolution and rise of mixed media platforms, copyright is becoming increasingly important, particularly with the creation and dissemination of a wide range of works now done by electronic means.
  • The copyright laws throughout the MENA region protects different original works in different ways. When you have a copyright issue it is important to get specialist advice on the best way to manage and enforce your copyright.
  • Our copyright experts have experience on a broad range of copyright issues and can advise you whatever the nature of your copyright enquiry.

Patents
Protecting ideas through registering patents can become a valuable asset for any company.

  • We devise strategies for obtaining optimal patent protection throughout the MENA region, which usually includes a combination of:
    • National patent applications;
    • GCC patent applications; and
    • Entering PCT applications into the national phase (where possible).
    • We advise clients on strategies in relation to the acquisition, protection, exploitation and enforcement of patents
    • Our patent experts have experience on a broad range of patent issues and can advise you whatever the nature of your patent enquiry.

Registered Designs

Registered designs protect features that affect how a product looks, like its features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation.

  • We advise on all aspects of the life cycle of a registered design, including:
    • devising filing strategies;
    • filing applications;
    • completing publication/registration procedures;
    • recording changes in name and address of proprietor, assignments, licences and renewals of registered designs; and
    • paying annuities.
  • Our registered design experts have experience on a broad range of registered design issues and can advise you whatever the nature of your registered design enquiry.

Domain Names
Domain name registrations are key assets for businesses with online presence.

We specialise in:

  • devising appropriate domain name protection strategies;
  • domain name clearance
  • domain name registration, renewal and modification throughout the MENA region
  • domain name recovery and dispute resolution
  • internet content watching services