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Intellectual Property

Recognizing the impact of piracy and counterfeiting on the country's economic growth has driven the United Arab Emirates to revise its Intellectual Property laws. In 1992, the UAE enacted three laws pertaining to intellectual property: a copyright law, a trademark law, and a patent law.

The UAE is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization and has joined the Paris Convention for the prosecution of the Industrial Property.

However, inadequate protection of computer software and pharmaceutical patents were a main concern in the UAE and this resulted in the fact that the UAE stayed in the U.S Trade Representative (USTR) Watch List since 1997.

The UAE has taken significant steps in protecting Intellectual Property rights and now can be recognized as the leader of all the Gulf countries in terms of sustained enforcement as the rate of piracy decreased up to 60 percent in the last few years.

In April 2000, the UAE was removed form the watch list.

Intellectual Property Department at AL Shaali & Co.
In 2004, Al Shaali & Co. dedicated a special team of professionals to offer our clients a full range of services in the field of intellectual property that include trademarks, patent, industrial designs, copyrights and domain names.

These services include registrations, renewals, transfers (assignments), licensing, administrative positions and litigation.

Our team at Al Shaali has more that 10 years experience in handling anti counterfeiting actions.

The jurisdictions covered include more than 40 countries worldwide.

For more details, please visit our I.P Department website at:



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