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PATENT - is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem

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frequently asked questions about patent registration

According to UAE Patent Law Article No. 6(1) No letters patent or utility certificate shall be issued for the following:
a. Plant varieties, animal species, or biological methods of producing plants or animals. Exceptions shall be allowed for the microbiological methods and their products.
b. Diagnostic methods, treatments, and surgical operations needed for humans and animals.
c. Scientific and Mathematical principles, discoveries and methods.
d. Guides, rules or methods followed to conduct business or perform mental activities or play games.
e. Invention that may lead to violation of the public order or morals.

The supporting documents can be submitted while filing the application or within 90 days from the national filing date. No extension is allowed as per the law.

No, filing a patent application in UAE will provide protection in seven emirates namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras-Al-khaimah, Umm-Al-Quwain and Ajman.

No, according to the requirement of patent law it is mandatory to submit the application in both English and Arabic languages.

Annuities are due on the anniversary of international filing date for PCT national phase application and on the anniversary of the national filing date for non PCT application (priority and non priority application)

No, according to the requirements of the UAE Patent Office documents should be legalized from the UAE consulate.

Official search from the Patent Office is not possible.

Twenty (20) years starting from the UAE filing date, (in case of PCT, starting from the PCT filing date). The term of protection is non-extendable.

Non-submission of documents within the 90 days grace period will result in irrevocable lapse of the application.

No. They should be timely settled throughout the term of the patent in UAE starting from the next year of filing the application or from the PCT filing date.

Yes, Annuity should be paid within 6 months from the due date. First three months without surcharge and latter three months with surcharge.

Yes, we can submit an assignment of the priority application as an alternative to the deed of assignment provided that the said document assigns inventor’s right worldwide. In case more than one priority is claimed for the corresponding UAE application then an assignment of each priority is required.

No, unless it is combined with any hardware that does not operate without the software.


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