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Intellectual Property

IP Registration • Portfolio Management • Enforcement • Regulatory Affairs • Consumer Protection • IP Audits • Due Diligence • Competition Law • Data Privacy

Key Contacts

  • Omar Obeidat, Partner & Regional Head of Intellectual Property
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Overview

The IP Department has always been a pioneer practice in developing the practice of law and pushing its boundaries whether before Trademark, Copyright and Patent offices, or through enforcement agencies or Courts. The Department grew to extend advice on Competition Law, Data Protection and Privacy, Consumer Protection, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance.

Our Expertise IP Registration, Portfolio Management and Enforcement

Our dedicated trademark filing team manages trademark filing and is renowned for its experience in prosecuting trademarks, both traditional and non-traditional marks, throughout the Middle East countries and has extensive experience in managing portfolios and reading the trends of Trademarks Offices in the region and also in shaping the development of registration practice. Our team has extensive experience on copyright recording addressing the practicalities of registration against enforcement. Our Patent and Industrial Designs practice handle and advise on patent filing strategy and can file and prosecute patent applications using the PCT and Paris Convention routes across the Middle East. The Practice also regularly conducts patent searches and watches for its clients.

Our IP enforcement strength is notable from the many awards received and acknowledgments from enforcement agencies. We have contributed in establishing legal principles on anti-counterfeiting, confusing similarity and anti-piracy. We craft new avenues for IP enforcement using all relevant legislation and opening doors to key Governmental bodies. We have also successfully prosecuted cases involving website infringement and domain name disputes whether locally or through the international dispute resolution mechanisms.

Regulatory Affairs and Consumer Protection

We are widely recognized as a key regulatory affairs advisor for various industries, especially pharmaceutical, foodstuffs and tobacco. We have assisted clients with strategy for price increase throughout GCC states in relation to Consumer Protection regulations. We also advised on mandatory standards, labeling requirements, commercial claims placed on products and further secure approvals for compliance. We also handle promotional campaign advice and guide clients on advertisement regulations.

IP Audits and Due Diligence

Our work in this area extends to assisting clients identify IP rights that need to be protected and also properly auditing and advising on status of rights. In doing so, we prepare our reports as relevant to the registration and enforcement regimes and practicality of protection needed.

Data Privacy

We regularly render advice in relation to data privacy and information security issues in the light of the legal thresholds in the region including specialised zones, such as DIFC. We cover diverse industrial sectors, such as, media, healthcare, IT and others. We advise on all aspects including transfers, medical disclosure, employee data, web- content and user information.

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