In a move that will be widely welcomed by brand owners, the United Arab Emirates Trade Mark Office has implemented a reduction in the official fees for trade mark registration and renewal services. The changes in the official fees are pursuant to Ministerial Decision no. 51, which entered into force on 7 July 2019. The Decision includes a revision to the official fees for a number of services offered by the Ministry of Economy, including those related to intellectual property matters.
The official fee for the registration of a trade mark or a series mark in one class will now be AED 6,700 (US$ 1,825) having been reduced from AED 10,000 (US$ 2,275), while the official fee for the renewal of a trade mark registration has been reduced to AED 8,700 (US$ 2,370) from AED 12,000 (US$ 3,270).
The official fees for trade mark registrations and renewals in the United Arab Emirates have been among the highest in the Middle East region (and indeed the world), particularly after having been doubled almost overnight in 2015. This reduction in fees is therefore very good news for all brand owners with interests in the UAE.
The changes set out in Ministerial Decision no. 51 form part of a wider effort to enhance the business environment and reduce the cost of doing business in the UAE. These efforts are reflected through decreases in official fees for an extensive list of services offered by the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
For more information please contact:
Saba Al Sultani, Partner: [email protected]
Richard Gaugeler, Associate: [email protected]
Diana Abbas, Paralegal: [email protected]